The weekend overview including a win for Britain’s junior polocrosse team, junior drivers take gold at the European Championships, round-up of how the Brits got on at the Falsterbo Nations Cup and the dressage junior and young riders results from their European Championships
This weekend saw the first ever junior quadrangular test series UK v New South Wales v Ireland v South Africa. The British Juniors won against the South Africa juniors in an exhilarating match, and superb play resulted in a final score of 18-16.
To find out more about the tournament, follow this link: http://polocrosse.org.uk/news.htm
At the FEI European Youth Driving Championships at Wiener Neustadt, Austria (10-15 July), Britain's young drivers won Team Gold in the Junior World Trophy.
For a list of the results and the rider’s blog from the competition, visit: http://www.horsedrivingtrials.co.uk/
Falsterbo Nations Cup, the sixth competition of the series, saw the British team of William Funnell (Billy Angelo), Alexandra Thornton (Cabellero 84), Tina Fletcher (Ursula XII) and Robert Smith (Voila IV), produce fantastic rounds to take second place, after a nail-biting jump-off saw William Funnell produce his third clear round of the competition to ensure GB finished just behind hosts Sweden.
Visit British Showjumping website for the full write up.
Hickstead sees the 7th and penultimate leg of the Nations Cup competition, which takes place this Friday afternoon (20th July). The Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 22nd July, where each of the British squad riders will be competing for the lion share of the prize money on offer.
The 5* International show in Estoril, Portugal saw Michael Whitaker with his own 10 year-old chestnut gelding Viking V take 2nd place in the 1.60m €285,000 Grand Prix over the weekend. Michael was just one of four riders that produced a clear across the first two rounds plus a further clear over a timed third and final round, coming through the finish in a time of 45.65 seconds which was less than a second behind the winner.
It was Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt and Leoville 2 who took the top place in 44.96 seconds with Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Kamal Bahamdam and Noblesse des Tess taking 3rd and 4th place respectively.
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The finals of the junior and young rider European Championships in Bern, Switzerland also took place at the weekend (13-15 July). The junior team finished in 6th place, but narrowly missed out on a medal by 4%, whilst the young rider team achieved a super 4th place. Jessica Knapton and Remarkable held the highest placed juniors spot, scoring 67.8%, whilst Eilidh Grant and Comanche Crumble were the highest placed young riders, after being awarded a brilliant 68.6%. The young riders individual competition saw Olivia Oakley and Donna Summer finish in 15th place, qualifing for the Kur, which took place on Sunday morning - where finished 15th place.
For a full list of results, click here