Nigel captains team to success

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A TERRITORIAL Army warrant officer has led his team to success at a top international showjumping competition.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Nigel Marshall, 51, of Peak Forest, was captain of the Royal Engineers Equestrian Showjumping Team which competed at the 33rd Uniformed Services Showjumping Competition.

And Nigel’s team repeated their outstanding success of 12 months ago by finishing as the best-placed UK team, and second overall.

In addition, a female member of his team won a prize for best female rider in the individual competition.

Held by the Light Cavalry Honourable Artillery Company at The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London, the competition, open to all the three services from around the world, featured teams from France, Belgium, Holland and even as far afield as India.

Each team consists of four riders, who are each given an unknown mount from The Kings Troop Royal Horses.

In the team event, the best three scores are taken into consideration, and for riders partnering their own mounts the fences are raised to ensure a level playing field. The next event is the Fault and Out, when individual riders attempt a course until a fence is knocked down or a refusal occurs.

The clock is then stopped and they leave the arena. The best time on a clear round takes first place.