Nicola Wilson ruefully reflected on a mistake in the main arena that left her “absolutely gutted” and meant she plummeted down the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships leaderboard.
North Yorkshire-based Wilson, fourth after dressage, was enjoying a trouble-free ride on One Two Many as Great Britain looked to set to stay in touch with leaders and defending champions Germany.
But a run-out at the second element of a double in Blair Castle’s main arena put paid to her chances as the rain swept down.
“He was giving me such a super ride,” Wilson said.
“He jumped the first corner really well, and we turned on to the second corner, the line felt great, we had a great take-off point — and for some reason I don’t think he actually properly clocked on to it.
“He wasn’t being naughty. I think he genuinely wasn’t properly looking at what he was meant to be doing.
“It is so galling and disappointing. I am absolutely gutted to have let the team down like that when he is always such a good cross-country horse.”
British individual challenger Oliver Townend, riding Fenyas Elegance, also had a frustrating run-out that put him out of contention, but Izzy Taylor, riding Briarlands Matilda, went clear inside the time, emulating her British colleague Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul.
“She is a very good cross-country horse,” Taylor said. “I am not a great watcher, so I didn’t really know what was going on. I prefer to do my own plan.”
Image: Nicola Wilson and One Two Many at the first horse inspection at Blair Castle, by Jon Stroud, courtesy of the FEI