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British Team unlucky at Conty
Two of the three British drivers ran into difficulties in the marathon phase at Conty and have had to retire.
The competition started well for the British team of Di Hayes, Angela Flanagan and David Matthews. After the dressage competition on Friday, the British team was lying in second place, with Di Hayes' score of 42.2 and David Mathews' score of 46.0, giving a total of 88.2. Because only the best two scores count in this competition, Angela Flanagan's 55.4 was not included.
The marathon on Saturday claimed its share of victims, two of whom were unfortunately from the British team. Angela Flanagan went out of the competition when her horse bolted out of the first obstacle. Hitting a mound, the carriage turned over necessitating Angela being taken to hospital. British bad luck continued when another member of the team, Di Hayes, turned over in obstacle three. She continued on the course but had to retire in obstacle four, putting Great-Britain out of the team competition.
David Matthews from Great-Britain drove his Welsh cob confidently to set up fast times in the marathon, but although he finished only 7 penalties behind the leader, the competition was so close that this only gave him 15th place.
With Angela Flanagan and Di Hayes retired from the competition, David was the only Brit to drive the cones course on the Sunday, but with an unfortunate 17 penalties, this put him in 16th place overall in the individual competition.
St?hane Chouzenoux from France won the individual title of the Championship. In second place was Marie Karhle from Sweden and Fred Meriam from the USA was third.
Further to the elimination of Anne-Violaine Brisou - her groom touched the reins during the cone competition. As a result of this, France missed the team title which was won by Sweden.