At the Rome Horse Show, Italy's show jumpers, who had been disappointing the country's many fans by failing to win an event all week, had a chance to make good in the Nations Cup team event on Thursday (28 April).
GV PAN Competitor jumping in arena and crowd applauding. (2 shots)
SV PAN Swiss competitor jumping unsuccessfully at two successive jumps.
SV AND TV PAN Crowd watch as Eddie Machen of Ireland clearing two jumps on Boomerang.
CU AND TV PAN Crowd watch as Graziano Mancinelli of Italy clears two fences. (2 shots)
CU AND TV Crowd watch as French competitor clears two fences. (2 shots)
SV AND TV Crowd watch as Harvey Smith of U.K. clears fence (SLOW MOTION) (2 shots)
TV Harvey Smith clears another fence.
SV Crowd applaud
SV PAN Captain D'Inzeo receives trophy with Italian team behind him.
SV PAN FROM Newsmen around prize giving to other competitors mounted around him.
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Background: At the Rome Horse Show, Italy's show jumpers, who had been disappointing the country's many fans by failing to win an event all week, had a chance to make good in the Nations Cup team event on Thursday (28 April).
SYNOPSIS: The Italians most dangerous rivals were Britain -- who had won the Nations Cup on the last two occasions -- and Ireland who have had a particularly good Rome horse show, but the Swiss riders were always struggling over the huge jumps in the 14 fence course.
But the Irish, too, had a bad start and it took this clear round from Eddie Machen to get them back into the competition with Britain and Italy.
The Italians were jumping consistently well but it was this clear round from Graziano Mancinelli in the first half of the competition, which put them in front.
The French, who had a young team, surprised the British by edging their way into second place at the half way stage.
Christopher Cuyer on Culback did especially well for France but the experienced Harvey Smith of Britain was also in good form as this slow motion picture shows.
Smith made only one error in each round and the British might have taken the championship but Peter Robeson going last had two disastrous rounds on the mare Woodlark. the Italians' consistency saw them through, Signor Pietro D'Inzeo collected the Nations Cup--and the week became worthwhile for Italian show jumping fans.