They need never have doubted Payne, the 55 year old and her mount danced their way to 78.107%, the highest score of the week so far.
“She is just unbelievable,” said Orford.
Payne is certainly that and more, she revealed after her record ride that she’d been “fighting her body all day”.
“I was saying to my legs, “work”, they were saying “I don’t want to!” When they worked, my pelvis said I won’t move and I was saying ‘yes, c’mon you have got to move’. It took everything I’ve got - and bless her - Athene Lindebjerg gave me everything,” said Payne.
Thanks to scores from nine-time major championship rider Sophie Wells, on C Fatal Attraction, and individual gold medallist Suzanna Hext on Abira, Great Britain won by a margin of just 3.425% over Denmark.
"The hardest test I have ever ridden. I have spent most of the day in the bathroom not feeling very well. That took everything I have got.”
“If nothing else happens in my life, this has just been the absolute pinnacle of my life, it’s an absolute dream and now I am going to cry,” Payne said.
Inspired from the off by Danish wonder woman Stinna Kaastrup, who scored 74.000% on Horesbo Smarties in the very first ride of the day, the Danes gave the all-conquering Brits a mighty scare.
For much of the competition, the Dutch, bronze medallists behind Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, had been right in the hunt with both Frank Hosmar on Aplhaville N.O.P. and Nicole den Dulk riding Wallace N.O.P. scoring more than 73.000% in the morning session.