IRELAND WINS HICKSTEAD NATIONS CUP BY ONE FENCE
The Irish quartet of Dermott Lennon, Cian O'Connor, Peter Charles and Kevin Babington today (Friday) won the British Samsung Nations Cup at Hickstead, England, beating the German favourites by just one fence.
Last man in, Dermott Lennon, displayed his usual coolness under pressure to go clear on the Irish-bred <Liscalgot>, clinching the Prince of Wales Cup for the second year at succession at Hickstead.
The result now catapults Ireland from Fifth to Third position in the world Nations Cup rankings, and with three competitions to go - Dublin (August), Rotterdam (August), Spruce Meadows (September) - could possibly repeat their Samsung Nations Cup Series victory of 2000, but will almost certainly qualify as one of the six teams to compete in the Samsung Nations Cup Final.
Samsung Nations Cup rankings after Hickstead
1) Germany 61 points
2) Italy 51 points
3) Ireland 43 points
Each Nations Cup win adds 20 points to the overall score.
SHOW JUMPING RESULT: CSIO HICKSTEAD ENGLAND 25-29 JULY 2001
RESULT: NATIONS CUP JULY 27
1) IRELAND 12 Faults
Kevin Babington: Carling King 16/-
Cian O'Connor: Waterford Crystal 4/8
Peter Charles; Corrada 0/4
Dermott Lennon: Liscalgot 4/0
2) GERMANY 16 Faults
3) NETHERLANDS 16 Faults