Nicola Wilson revealed her huge sense of relief after avoiding a showjumping fall that would have meant Britain’s team being eliminated from the Longines FEI European Championships at Blair Castle.
Wilson somehow clung on to One Two Many following a major mishap at fence eight on Sunday morning.
With team-mate William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero out after Saturday’s cross-country phase, Britain’s remaining three riders Wilson, Kitty King and Pippa Funnell all had to complete their showjumping rounds to stay in medal contention.
But it was a close-run thing after Wilson took off too early, yet One Two Many somehow got over the fence and Wilson stayed on. After their miracle escape, the four faults collected hardly seemed to matter.
“I over-prepared,” Wilson said. “The distance came up quite quickly after a treble, and I put him in an impossible position, but what a super horse to jump it.
“All that was going through my head was ‘there are only three of us, don’t fall off, you have got to stay on’. It felt like a lifetime. I had a lot of time to think of the consequences.”
Britain ended up with the silver medal, albeit a distant 50.6 penalties from gold medallists Germany, while France took third and secured Olympic qualification, with the other available Rio 2016 spot being booked by Sweden.
Image: Nicola Wilson during the trot-up at the FEI European Eventing Championships, by Jon Stroud, courtesy of the FEI