Polocrosse player Debbie Harris reports back from the World Cup in South Africa, in the final part of her guest blog series...
"We are back from South Africa and settling back into normal life. The World Cup was a fantastic experience with teams fielded from South Africa, Zambia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Australia, Ireland, USA and of course the UK. We are very pleased with our result of finishing in the top four; it is a huge achievement and a great improvement from the last World Cup in 2011.
South Africa came out the overall winners after a hard fought final against Zambia; they demonstrated some amazing skills showing how much the sport has developed over the past four years. All the nations have improved so much bringing much faster and more skilful games. This has made polocrosse even more exciting as a spectator sport, as well as to play!
The horses in all pools were of great quality and we are very grateful to everyone who provided them. Our horses had to become a part of our team, and they certainly helped us achieve in all of our matches, we couldn’t have done it without them – I even wanted to take home Dancer, the horse I rode.
All the players in the UK team rose to the occasion and I was very proud to captain them, as well as playing alongside them. It was clear our preparations paid off both before travelling to SA, and while we were out there, with our player-coach Jason Webb keeping us on our toes with his training regimes.
It is a great step for the next World Cup in 2019 to be held in Australia where hopefully the UK can continue to improve on their result, using the knowledge and experience we have gathered in South Africa. Finally I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported us both at home and in SA, we couldn’t have done it without you.
I am now looking forward to finishing the season in the UK, and coaching the UK Junior team as they take on Zambia."
H&C reporter Amy-Clare Martin reflects on the huge challenge facing British showjumpers in Aachen this week. Will we make it to Rio? Only time will tell...
The pressure is really on for our showjumpers here at the European Championships. If we have bad day it’s goodbye Rio and so long to any hope of defending our Olympic gold. The tension is already building here in Germany and quite frankly, we’re confident by the end of the week the H&C team won’t have any nails left. At all.
You might think that as 2012 gold medallists we have an automatic ticket to the next Olympic Games, but there’s no such thing as a free pass and after disappointing performances at the World Equestrian Games we have pinned all our hopes on success in Aachen. It is a HUGE week for British showjumping.
Our riders must win or come in the top three teams (which have not already qualified) to secure one of the last five places at the 2016 Olympics. But with Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Spain and Italy among the 15 nations also fighting for a ticket to Rio – it is far from a done deal.
And with top riders like Scott Brash unavailable, our team really have to pull it out of the bag for Great Britain. So it may be something of a baptism of fire for senior championship team newbie Jessica Mendoza – a rider whose incredible talent and model good looks make us at H&C green with envy. Aged just 19, she is the youngest British rider to represent GBR internationally in over 40 years.
However, team chef d-equipe Di Lampard has faith in the young rider and so do we – she has proved she has an truly unflappable under pressure and already has a Junior and Pony European team golds under her belt.
And she has some serious reinforcements in the form of Michael Whitaker who is competing in his fourteenth (yes, FOURTEENTH!) European championships. Seriously, when is HM The Queen going to give this guy some honours…I mean his brother John has an MBE so it’s only fair right?! Michael has brought a relatively young horse – but 10-year-old Cassionato has incredible scope and with the master himself on board fingers crossed he can do the job for GB.
Team mate Ben Maher has been on incredible form with his 10-year-old ride Diva II who jumped double clear at the Nations Cup in Hickstead last month, and final rider Joe Clee helped the team secure Nations Cup gold in Rotterdam in June. It all looks promising – but they are up against Europe’s best horses and riders and ANYTHING can happen.
The riders will jump three rounds, one speed round and two team rounds. The speed class will determine the drawn order for the first team round – where only the top ten teams and top 50 individuals will qualify for the third day of jumping. Then team totals from the all three classes will determine the overall standings, and crucially who will make it Rio.
H&C's Web Editor Victoria shares her views on a week of ups and downs in Aachen...
"Wow, what an unexpected week.
The FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen have drawn to a close and I've followed it every step of the way - admittedly from back home in Britain, instead of out in Germany as planned.
Around the time Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were picking up their 8,595th gold medal (just an estimate number) in the Grand Prix Special, I was at a family wedding (congratulations to Ben and Charlotte - no, not that one, another one) and therefore couldn't be in Aachen to take up my reporting duties.
Anyway, we've got a two-day hiatus before it all begins all over again with the showjumping competition. So while we draw breath and rally for round two, let's look back at what happened.
Before the dressage got underway, speculation was rife about whether Totilas could claim back his record-breaking crown and beat Valegro, as he did 13 months ago at CHIO Aachen. Even Charlotte's mentor Carl Hester joined the debate, saying: "It's what everyone’s been waiting for... I hope they both go well because then we really will know what the judges think."
Sadly, it wasn't to be. In the Grand Prix, Totilas showed some irrregular steps, and his test left the judges polarised - two had him on a score of 80.100%, another had him on 71.600%.
A true match between the two record-smashing horses, with both at their best, now looks to be an impossible dream. Following veterinary examination, Totilas was found to have periostitis (bone infection) and was withdrawn from the remainder of the competition. He is said to need five months off, and permanent retirement from competition has not been ruled out.
Carl Hester's own championships certainly started with a bang (literally) when he fell off Nip Tuck, thanks to a waiter dropping a tray of glasses just as the British star rode past. I was a dreadful waitress back in my youth, lasting a whole two weeks before being fired by my local restaurant, and I once poured an entire plate of venison on to someone's lap by mistake - but at least I never managed to bring down a passing Olympic gold medallist.
Thankfully King Carl wasn't badly hurt and he had a great week, scoring 75.400% in the Grand Prix to help Britain win team silver, then finishing fifth individually in the Special and eighth in the Freestyle.
But it was excitingly close at the top. From a British point of view, we were hugely excited to see Fiona Bigwood's star mare Atterupgaards Orthilia produce two brilliant tests. Sadly she had to miss the Freestyle after being found to have a slight skin reaction after competing in a deluge on Saturday. It never rains but it pours, etc - but on a sunnier note this combination could prove to be a brilliant asset in Rio in 12 months' time.
Talking of which, while team silver was a brilliant achievement, wouldn't it be great if we found a fourth horse capable of those huge scores, to really help our gold medal campaign? Perhaps a certain Woodlander Farouche might be ready for Rio?
Farouche's rider Michael Eilberg was of course on the European silver-winning team with Marakov. Michael was his usual charming self - this week we found out that Charlotte Dujardin is a bit mean to him about his breeches - but we still haven't got to the bottom of the reason why (excuse the pun).
As a side note, while Totilas was the name on everybody's lips for the first few days of competition, his former rider Gal became the subject of scrutiny later on, when social media was suddenly awash with dozens of photos of the Dutch rider in training.
Whatever your views, it was a terrible shame that focus during the championships ended up moving away from celebrating the best of our sport to the discussion of something far less savoury: a training technique that, for many, has absolutely no place in dressage.
Nonetheless, the Freestyle ended in a nail-biting finish. Germany's Kristina Bröring-Sprehe had already claimed silver in the Special, and her strong Freestyle mark of 88.804% left Charlotte Dujardin with very little room for error.
Unfortunately things went amiss in Valegro's one-time changes - not just once but twice. Everyone held their breath while the scores were announced before the Brits gave a collective sigh of relief. Charlotte had retained her winning run of gold medals, claiming the Freestyle by just 0.25%. "It was very scary," she told our reporter Jenny Rudall afterwards. Charlotte - you're telling us.
Of course, there was some murmuring about the fairness of the scoring, with Valegro beating a mistake-free Desperados. But it was just one movement and one set of marks in the entire test, which was both artistically impressive, technically very difficult, and full of the sort of jaw-dropping excellence that has made this partnership the very best in the world.
If you missed any of the action, we'll be showing extensive highlights on TV, starting this Friday night at 9pm. For all the TV listings, news, videos and so on, just click here.
So that's the dressage wrapped up for this year. I'm setting out to Aachen at the end of this week, armed with my terrible schoolgirl German, in the hope of seeing the British showjumping team pick up their qualification for Rio.
It seems almost unthinkable that the reigning Olympic champions might not be there next year to try to win their second consecutive Olympic team gold. But as we've said before, and as this week has just reminded us, when it comes to horses, there are never any guarantees."
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"Children can learn more in one week at camp than in a whole year of occasional riding." In the latest of our archive video series from British Pathe, we bring you this wonderful clip from Pony Club camp in 1953.
Daisy Bunn brings you all the latest behind the scenes gossip from Hickstead...
"What. A. Day.
While it may have been a case of history repeating itself, one really doesn’t mind that at all when it’s because yet again we had a stunning day of world class sport, a thrilling grand prix with a storming jump off, crowds as far as the eye could see, and a truly glorious British Summer’s Day!
So she did it again, not content with galloping into the history books last year as the first ever lady winner of our prestigious King George V Gold Cup, Beezie Madden today became the second ever lady winner, and the first person to win it back to back since Piero D’Inzeo in 1961/2! “No one has managed it back to back since before I was born,” said Beezie, “which is really saying something these days, that was aaaaages ago!” Bravo Beezie, we salute you, thank you for giving us such a masterclass in keeping your cool and producing the goods.
Another super fun and glamorous day, rugby legend Will Carling kept us all entertained, saying that he’d far rather take his chances in the bottom of a scrum with a 15st Samoan bearing down on him, than attempt to tackle any of the “monstrous fences” in there – “at least if you make a mistake with a rugby ball it doesn’t try and bite you.”
We were delighted to welcome our old Sky Sports family back to the showground. One of my favourite ‘special privileges’ is being allowed to sneak around behind the scenes, watching the live broadcast magic as it unfolds. It’s literally like hanging out with a bunch of wizards – Sam (who is furiously working out stats as they happen live) leans over and whispers to producer Trish that six people have had the first of the two gates down – Trish whispers down her radio, and hey presto commentary legend Mike Tucker casually drops in for the benefit of those watching at home that ‘we’ve really found the first gate to have caused a lot of problems today’ – wizards, I’m telling you, the lot of them.
One particularly special moment today was seeing course builder Bob Ellis (Bob The Builder) receive the Dorian Williams trophy for his outstanding contribution to the show. Having racked up an astonishing FORTY YEARS working on the Royal International Horse Show, people don’t perhaps understand quite how impressive it is that he’s still alive, let alone still building, bearing in mind quite how many ‘working suppers’ his great mate my Dad and him had late into the night! I’m not sure if anything could have illustrated better quite the level of esteem in which Bob is held by world-class riders, officials, sponsors and his building crew alike, than the honour guard that spontaneously popped up around him for his presentation… or the fact that William Funnell, Shane Breen, William Whitaker, Marcus Ehning etc picked him up after he’d won and fired him into the water jump! A classic Hickstead moment, that ranks up there with the best of them, seeing Bob emerge with bright blue trousers from his dip in the water! Thank you Bobbit, from us all, you are one in a million.
I must fly, as the travelling circus is about to leave our neck of the woods for another year, and there are many amazing individuals who I need to go and thank. I know it sounds like the slightly tipsy ramblings of an over-tired and over-sunned Bunn, but I cannot emphasise enough just how much we rely on our amazing team here at Hickstead. So thank you, one and all, you know who you are, you’re all complete wonders and we quite simply just couldn’t do it without you."
Showing star turned dressage diva Louise Bell has had a hectic few months of competition travelling the world and breaking the 70 percent barrier - but it's all in a days work...
"Since my last blog back in April for Horse & Country TV my feet have not touched the floor.
I got the call from British Dressage on the way home from Barcelona asking if I'd go to HAGEN! I had put my name down but...Yes HAGEN! So as GB representative with Dynamo, off we went.
I felt very honoured to be competing amongst the world’s best dressage riders and horses and I finished twelfth amongst the giants of dressage. I had a few ‘green’ mistakes but my God did I love competing there. I would like to say thank you to British Dressage and the Kassleman family, because it’s a great show. I also want to thank John Whitaker and friends for coming to watch his homebred Dynamo in between his jumping classes. Who would have thought you would have seen a Whitaker at the side of the dressage arena?
I have been to Hagen as a spectator and groom with Michael Eilberg and always thought one day I’ll ride there - and I did. I really hope to be able to go back as I loved every minute.
After a few weeks at home it was on to Somerford Park Premier League where Dynamo and I broke the 70% barrier in the Prix St Georges.
I was only home for a week when I get a formal invitation to the new state of the art CDI4* ES Fangar in Mallorca. They had invited me when I was competing in Barcelona back in April, but thought they were just being kind and didn’t really mean it. But when I got the formal invitation by the wonderful Victoria Krauss from Top Iberian it was official – I was being invited to an all-expenses paid show and even though it was a long way to go this was an opportunity not To be missed.
So in June off I set for the long drive to Mallorca. My great friend Tim Sillevis came as co-driver and care taker/groom. He was a star and we planned to drive through the night due to the heat which worked beautifully. We had stop overs in Lyon and in Barcelona – I didn't think I'd be back there so soon – staying at Barcelona Horses so a big thank you to Annabelle, Augustine, Lukas and Noria for their hospitality.
There were about 15 of us that night getting ready for the long boat trip from Barcelona to Palma, Mallorca and we all went in convoy – it was very exciting. I was worried about the long boat trip, but all the lorries were on the open deck with the wonderful breeze and ALL horses travelled peacefully. We stayed with Dynamo the whole way and the next morning we woke to the most beautiful scene – I had to pinch myself and say to my groom Jo: “Oh my God, look!” The sun was rising over the Mediterranean as we looked out at beautiful Mallorca.
We were first off the boat and the wonderful 'Dave Directions', also known as my iPhone satnav, said we were 40min away from the show. He has never let me down yet and for the last two miles I got a police escort, hugely impressive and I think they just wanted me to feel looked after.
To then be greeted by the whole Top Iberian team on arrival with a special plaque with my lorry registration and personal hook up all waiting – yes that is what they gave to all the competitors, not just me. However we arrived before the others as they didn’t have Dave Directions and took a longer route.
Dynamo came off the lorry to be met straight away by the show vet to check all was OK after the long journey. Dynamo was shown to his room for the week, his stable was bigger than my house and he loved it. Tim and I were taken to the hotel all riders were staying in – 5* all the way.
However there was training and riding to do – not lay on the beach all day – plus I was the official FEI foreign rider representative so I did have work to do. The facilities and arenas were spectacular. The horses wanted for nothing, nor the riders, judges, grooms and trainers, this was some show. Prizes included BMW cars to all Freestyle winners. Big tour and small, scooters, bikes and jewellery, you name it.
Into The Blue and I came a credible fourth in the small tour overall in both the PSG and Inter 1 and as the huge prize money paid for my diesel all the way over there and back it made this dressage show on a par with the Global Champions Tour in showjumping.
It was a great competition with great hospitality from the Eisenmann family and Matthias Rath’s (rider of Totilas) parents-in-law who own the ES FANGAR estate who invited all of the riders to such a spectacular event – a massive thank you to them!
Dynamo loves international shows as much as I do and I think that his endless energy makes him a prime candidate for long journeys and hot weather.
The best news is Get Smart is really coming on with his Grand Prix work and both he and Dynamo love piaffe, passage and one-time changes. They will both be ready for the next step this autumn. My young horse Zack has done brilliantly in the International six-year-old classes and I will do some Advanced Mediums on him soon and hope he will be my small tour horse by next spring – if he can get over his horror of other horses in the warm up.
I am also extremely proud of Michael Eilberg and Marakov for being selected for Team GB for the forthcoming FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen. I always told him he would do it but no one believed me. After the sad sale of Half Moon Delphi I prayed good news would come.
I wish our amazing team of Carl, Charlotte, Fiona and Michael the very best out in Aachen.
So... This has been a massive blog... But I have had a lot to tell you!"
Daisy Bunn brings you all the latest behind the scenes gossip from Hickstead...
"As I write, from Day three of international competition at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show, it is with that bitter sweet Saturday feeling – the best night of the week is ahead of us, followed by the best day tomorrow… But it is the last night, and the last day of this year’s international shows, and I wish it could go on forever.
Ladies’ Day today, our judge world number one Scott Brash admitted that gold medals and Olympic fame aside, this was one of the best bits of his job. “For a lad from Peebles, whose job is riding horses,” he said, “not bad that I’m now actually encouraged to look at girls and say which one looks the best!” And for what it’s worth, Scott my friend, if the whole being the best in the world ever gets tiring and you’re thinking of a career change you actually have an incredibly good nose for fashion, and a killer outfit, and I know whose door to knock on next time I need some sartorial advice.
Without being too indiscreet, I’m not sure why I’m surprised! Despite protestations, when Scott turned up to my brother-in-law Shane Breen’s 70s themed 40th birthday without a costume, I forced him into one of mum’s old gold lamé creations and he LOVED it… and didn’t take it off all night. I actually have photographic evidence, but I think that would just be too mean.
To be quite frank, it’s a miracle we actually came up with a winner for Ladies' Day at all, as left to their own devices for five minutes, Scott and fellow judge Jay Halim had the finalists ‘trotting up’ so they could judge best conformation.
Another beaut of a day (three cheers British Summer, you totes delivered on the sunshine and accompanying blissed-out summer vibes that I ordered) we were treated to some more edge-of-your-seats action. Chloe Winchester stole the show today, adding her name to the history books with a convincing win in the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, putting a field of old pros, not to mention three former Hickstead Derby winners, firmly back in their boxes. The Suffolk-based young-rider kept her nerve against a far more experienced field, illustrating yet again the fact that our sport really is a meritocracy, and that the best on the day will out.
Great friend Jodie Kidd and new friend Davina McCall helped send the glamour factor stratospheric, and we had a super-fun day in the Master’s Box today, with some great mates to entertain us, including Made In Chelsea’s Janie and Anna-Louise Felstead. Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca stormed to victory in our British Speed Classic this afternoon. Despite the fact that we do our best to give our non-horsie guests a crash-course in showjumping over lunch, I have to admit that the reason Davina, Jodie et al went home with particularly big grins on their faces is because they backed Lorenzo. While I could pretend it’s because we gave them all the inside info, it’s in fact because they sat next to two of my Italian best-friends (we went to Sevenoaks, an international school) at lunch, who had convinced them to bet on their compatriot.
Another night, another party, I do appreciate that no one feels sorry for me, but I must, go, so until tomorrow… Ciao! xx"
Showing reporter Felicity Clifford asks the question: "Why are show pony classes getting smaller?"...
In recent years the numbers of show ponies seen in classes have got smaller and smaller, whereas their hairy counterpart, the Mountain and Moorland (M&M) classes have got bigger and bigger. The sudden influx of M&M's have some judges calling the classes "death by M&M" because there are often over twenty horses in a class.
So why have M&M ponies become so popular? Granted they are less high maintence, you don't need to plait, trim and put quarter marks on them like you do Show Ponies and Show Hunter Ponies.
“They can do more jobs," said Debbie Gregson, who has Connemara Walstead Pageboy, who her daughter Terri rides. "They can hunt in the winter and maybe jump as well. There’s no upper age limit, so you can keep your pony forever. They are often cheaper to buy and keep. Their kind forgiving nature makes them ideal for amateurs.”
If you’re lucky enough to have a hairy that is a keen jumper, and you yourself don't mind all four hooves leaving the floor, you could do M&M workers alngside flat classes. Potentially you could have four classes to compete in: flat M&M and M&M workers, and plaited flat classes and plaited workers. However, watch out for restrictions your ponies height and the age of the rider might be a limiting factor.
Show ponies are to some the “envy of the world” because of their grace and elegance, according to judge Penny Clifford. While they are “man-made” through years of breeding, you can still have a lot of fun with them.
Another advantage of the show pony is that you are not restricted to just one class, if your horse or pony is either part bred Arab or part bred Welsh you can enter them in these classes as well. The part bred Arab classes now have a place at Horse of the Year Show, and is one of the most hotly contested classes in showing.
A lot of people think you can’t have fun with show ponies, which is rubbish. Recently on Facebook I saw a very well-known producer take her show ponies to the beach and to Somerford Park cross country to give them something different to look at. It looked so much fun I wanted to have a go.
I used to take my 14.2hh show pony out hacking, where we would go for gallops in the cow fields and try and pop a hedge and ditch (sorry Mum!) I think things like that are important as it gives you and your horse something different to think about and it helps create a bond between horse and rider. Now I have a Novice Show Hack who is showing a lot of promise over the odd fence, which she loves and its keeps her interested in her work.
It would seem to some the native pony has a lot more positive points than the show pony. But I don't think it has had its day and people shouldn't underestimate them. Hopefully we see more show ponies in the future.
Daisy Bunn brings you all the latest behind the scenes gossip from Hickstead...
"Hello, hello, and welcome back to my blog on the second day of international competition at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show. A proper scorchio of a day, French-riviera-eat-your-heart-out-stylee, we have a bevvy of happy sponsors, spectators and riders alike, after a beautiful English summer’s day, and some world-class competition to boot.
First though, for those of you who remember the good old days of ‘blog fodder’, and the summary daily sacrifice of one of our incredibly hard-working team members for everyone else’s entertainment! Well, it’s back. Sadly, however, it is I who seems to have fallen prey today. Much to my delight, as I was walking elegantly/desperately focusing on not tripping over in my enormous stilettos as I walked across the International Arena, I realised that the marching band were playing ‘It’s Raining Men’… Not realising that they were T minus 2 from recording a huge showground piece for international television, and were miked up accordingly, I leaned into the play pen (esteemed Olympic course builders Kelvin Bywater & Bob Ellis’ mid-arena home) and hollered “Raining men? I don’t think so! Certainly not at Hickstead, and I’ve been looking hard!” Funny little in-joke with Bob and Kelvin thought I, another most entertaining thing about which to take the mickey out of Daisy thought the several hundred showground and television staff to whom it was transmitted. Super!
But back to the business of the day, and the only chance to watch team GB compete on home turf in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines. As I said yesterday, as one of the last chances to jump as a team before this year’s Europeans, the field really was the crème de la crème, and produced an absolute treat of an afternoon of top-class showjumping. You really couldn’t have scripted it better, as after two rounds of nail biting competition, we did in fact end up with a three-way jump off – not a common occurrence after 60 odd rounds of jumping at such a level.
But despite coming so close, it was the Belgians who lifted the famous Prince of Wales trophy and left the Swiss and the USA languishing in second and third respectively. A testament to the incredibly unique nature of our sport, that can see teenagers competing head to head with those not far from pensionable age, it was great to see some young faces on the podium, including Hickstead first-timer Judy Ann Melchior and Belgian legend Ludo Philippaertes’ 22-year-old son Olivier. Congratulations guys, and here’s to all the exciting talent currently surging up through the ranks of our sport.
And on that note… It is of course my responsibility (tough but someone’s got to do it) that Nations Cup winning Hickstead first-timers (not to mention incredibly good looking young Belgian men) experience the kind of Hickstead winners’ party that we have become famous for, and so to our garden I must fly, for one of my favourite nights of the year – our riders' and officials' BBQ.
Until tomorrow, and our Ladies Day, which reminds me, I really must find a hat"
H&C cannot wait for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain this afternoon at Hickstead, but - as we all know - the nations cup can all get a little complicated...
So we have put together a simple short preview of today to help clear things up. We hope we have got things straight, but it's tough so bare with us...
Crowds are poised for some edge-of-your-seat showjumping action at Hickstead this afternoon as the Brits fight to continue their Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup winning streak.
Chef D’Equipe Di Lampard has her fingers crossed for a strong performance today at the team’s penultimate chance to score points to win a place at the final in Barcelona.
Brits have been on flying form so far this season, scooping a hat-trick of wins at La Baule, Rome and most recently Rotterdam in June.
But because the team have saved their remaining point-scoring opportunities until the competitions on home turf at Hickstead and at Dublin in August, they are only seventh on the leaderboard and still need to secure a top placing to guarantee a spot in Barcelona.
Fighting for Team GB’s ticket to the final are stalwarts Michael Whitaker, Guy Williams, and Olympic gold-medallist Ben Maher who are joined by rising star Holly Gillott.
The 25-year-old, who is fast becoming a Nations Cup regular, helped the team to victory in La Baule and Rome with her horse of a lifetime Dougie Douglas.
But the Brits will face a top field of international riders, including Penelope Leprevost for France, Laura Kraut for team USA and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum for Germany.
Race to Barcelona
Four other teams (Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany) are also hoping to score vital points today to get to those all-important finals in Barcelona in September.
Teams to watch out for include Belgium and Germany, who lie in fourth and fifth on the leaderboard, and will be hoping for a win at their last point-scoring opportunity of the series.
The riders will face two rounds over a whopping 1.60m track, with each team allowed to drop their worst score.
The team with the fewest combined faults wins – picking up maximum points as well as the coveted Prince of Wales trophy and the lion's share of the €200,000 prize-fund.