Great Britain showjumpers lead at European Championships

Ben Maher

Great Britain's Olympic showjumping champions are on course to win their first European title in 24 years.

Individual leader Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Michael Whitaker recorded clear rounds in Denmark to help Britain move above overnight leaders France.

Switzerland are second, 0.27 penalties behind, with France a further 2.69 penalties adrift before the final team jumping phase of the competition.

Maher's second clear round in 24 hours kept him top of the leaderboard.

The 29-year-old has already won the London Global Champions' Tour grand prix and Hickstead's Longines King George V Gold Cup this year.

Switzerland's Steve Guerdat is second on his London 2012 horse Nino des Buissonets, with Frenchman Roger Yves Bost third and 2011 European champion Rolf-Goran Bengtsson fourth.

Brash's clear round in Herning saw him climb six places to seventh.

Participating in his 10th European Championships, 53-year-old Whitaker is up to 18th from 38th.