British Eventing Release
Twenty-nine-year-old Jodie Amos, from Southam in Warwickshire, has triumphed in the inaugural Britannia League, with her own and Nicola Coates' Wise Crack.
The League was introduced this year by British Eventing [BE], with generous backing from long-term Eventing supporter and Owner, Mrs Nigella Hall. “I am so pleased to be part of the inaugural Britannia League, which has been a very exciting competition in its latter stages.
“It is so good to have a platform for our talented British riders, and I hope it continues for many years and encourages support by their owners.”
The goal is to celebrate the wealth of high calibre talent that Britain has beyond the British team [riders cannot have competed under the British flag at Senior FEI European Championships, World Equestrian Games or Olympic Games] and also to recogrnise the support provided by the owners of horses ridden at CIC3*, CCI3* and FEI CICO competitions. Both Jodie and Nicola perfectly fit the bill as worthy winners.
“I was delighted when I discovered that the League was for horse and rider combinations, rather than just riders; it makes it much fairer for those of us who don't have a lot of horses at three star level. To be able to bid for such fantastic prize money is a huge incentive, plus the League offers a great opportunity to gain recognition for those of us who have not yet made it on to a senior team,” Jodie explained.
“It's been seriously competitive; I started the season well, which prompted me to go to Bramham [where they finished 5th] rather than Tattersalls, but then Blair didn't go according to plan so there was all to play for at Blenheim Palace.” Jodie sealed her win of the League with a third placing in the CCI3*.
The co-owners paths first crossed when Jodie sold Nicola a horse several years ago. “Nicola started coming to me for lessons, and then offered to buy me a horse. She has been an incredibly supportive owner, never putting pressure on me,” said Jodie. “We bought Wise Crack as a five-year-old [he's now 10], and definitely needed to use our imagination! He hadn't had the best of starts in life, and was very quirky, sharp and spooky. But then again, the good ones tend to be quirky.
“We took our time and he turned the corner. There's definitely more to come from him, and I'm thrilled to have been able to reward Nicola's patience.”
Wise Crack, who is now enjoying a well-earned holiday, finishes the season with 197 League points. Fourteen points off the pace, in second place, are Francis Whittington and Catherine Witt's Easy Target. They shot up the leaderboard following their CCI3* win at Blenheim. In third place, on 173 points, are Louise Harwood and Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones's Whitson, this pair entered for the CCI4* at Pau later this month.
The leading riders and owners have been invited by British Eventing to the EHOA Dinner, Dance and Awards evening, held at The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire on 1st November. There, Jodie will be awarded a cheque for £5,000, Francis a cheque for £3,000 and Louise a cheque for £1,000. Nicola Coates will take home a large bronze, to keep for the year, as well as a replica memento.
Jodie is a member of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme, which provides a structured syllabus to support a successful career path and development of potential world class athletes.