EQUESTRIANISM; Britain make the wrong choice

GEORGE BOWMAN Snr and his sprightly team of four black cobs will not be adding to their medal collection for driving at the World Equestrian Games. On yesterday's difficult marathon section on the hills the 63-year- old Cumbrian driver, who has been runner-up for three previous world titles, had "hiccups" in most of the eight hazards. He is lying in 10th place as they go into today's final obstacle driving.

Werner Ulrich, of Switzerland, holds a slender advantage, but he has no less than four drivers within five penalties (the cost of one displaced cone today) so it is bound to be a fraught finale. Michael Freund of Germany (who defeated Bowman when he won in The Hague in 1994) is a mere 0.92pt behind the leader in second place

The British team, lying seventh, would have held a higher place if Karen Bassett, competing here as an individual, had been included in the team instead of her sister, Pippa Thomas, or George Bowman Jnr (the son of George Snr).

Bassett had a setback in the spring when the rein of one of her lead horses became caught on the harness and the whole team of four took off with her. Having been tipped out of the vehicle when it almost turned over, Bassett was horrified to discover that her horses had collided with a car. They sustained only minor injuries but it took time to get them back into gear.

In September, Bassett proved that she was back on form by winning the national championship at Windsor, after the vehicle of George Bowman Snr had turned over on the marathon course. But, by then, the team for the World Games had already been chosen, with Bassett as an individual competitor.

Bowman Jnr (who won a team gold medal in the world championships for horse pairs last year) is representing Britain with a four-horse team for the first time. Young George (as he is known to distinguish him from his father) is normally a bit of a tearaway on the marathon. Yesterday he was held back by the ground, which became more tiring for those who went towards the end of the day, and, possibly equally so, by being told to make sure that he completed the course safely.

Pippa Thomas was delayed through having to make running repairs to her harness, having broken three traces during the marathon section. She happens to be a saddler and harness maker herself, so she will not be looking to change her supplier.

The top 25 show jumpers after Thursday's two-round contest had a well- earned rest yesterday. They will be back in action in the Flaminio Stadium today for two further rounds, which will decide which four riders compete in tomorrow's final in which they all ride their own and each other's horses.

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES: Driving (horse teams at Pratoni del Vivaro) Positions after marathon phase: 1 W Ulrich (Swit) 141.20; 2 M Freund (Ger) 142.12; 3 T Eriksson (Swe) 142.28; 4 T Monhemius (Neth) 142.92; 5 I Chardon (Neth) 143.16; 6 C Sandmann (Ger) 145.60. GB: 10 G Bowman Snr 153.84; 12 K Bassett 157.72; 24 G Bowman Jnr 181.16; 27 P Thomas 188.04. Teams: 1 Netherlands 286.08; 2 Germany 287.72; 3 Sweden 288.20; 4 Switzerland 309.72; 5 Hungary 310.04; 6 US 321.00; 7 GB 326.20; 8 Belgium 339.60.

Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
News
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session
peopleBizarre TV claim
Arts & Entertainment
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in the TV adaptation of 'Fargo'
tv
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Lenny Henry is calling for more regulation to support ethnic actors on TV
tvActor and comedian leads campaign against 'lack of diversity' in British television
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
Life & Style
life
Life & Style
fashion
News
weird news
Sport
Pablo Larrazabal jumps into a pond in Kuala Lumpur to escape a swarm of hornets
videoSpain's Pablo Larrazabal's had a refreshing solution
Arts & Entertainment
Ian Anderson, the leader of British rock band Jethro Tull, (right) and British guitar player Martin Barre (left) perform on stage
musicJethro Tull frontman leads ‘prog rock’ revival
Life & Style
Father and son: Michael Williams with son Edmund
lifeAs his son’s bar mitzvah approaches, CofE-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys he’s experienced in learning about his family’s other faith
Sport
Jonathan Trott will take a second break from cricket after suffering a repeat of the stress-related illness that forced him out of the Ashes tour of Australia
sport
Sport
Gareth Bale dribbled from inside his own half and finished calmly late in the final to hand Real a 2-1 win at the Mestalla in Valencia
sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Apprentice IT Technician

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...

1st Line Technical Service Desk Analyst IT Apprentice

£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...

1st Line Helpdesk Engineer Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...

Sales Associate Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit