Great Britain’s student riders Lauren Innes, Lottie Kennedy and Jess Campbell had much to celebrate this New Year, as they clinched Team Gold out at the Student Riders’ World Finals in Wellington, Florida (1 January 2015).
Competing against fifteen nations from around the world over a four day period, the three athletes put in impressive performances in the dressage (where they sat first in the rankings) and showjumping (finishing fifth) competitions to win the overall gold medal ahead of Ireland and Belgium. On winning the gold, the team were also awarded the President’s Cup, presented to the team who finish top of the yearly rankings, a trophy Great Britain take home for the first time in ten years.
Reading University student Lauren Innes also secured an Individual Silver medal to finish just behind Ireland’s Brian Morrison, after she placed second in the dressage and sixth in the showjumping events.
Jess Campbell of the Royal Veterinary College London, finished seventh with Birmingham University’s Lottie Kennedy eleventh overall in the individual rankings.
Lauren commented; "We knew we had a strong team but with so many talented riders from around the world we're thrilled to have had such an amazing result”.
Team representative Henry Womersley Smith said, “I am absolutely thrilled and very proud of the team’s success in Florida, which has topped off a great year and bodes well for 2015. It is also brilliant to have support from the BEF once again and the team and I would like to thank them very much.”
Individual rider Steph Gunn of Harper Adams finished eighth in the ‘silver league’ after putting in strong performances throughout the competition; she was also part of a mixed international team who won team silver in the silver league.
Great Britain's student riders received support from Toggi, Tagg and Numed via the BEF's World Class Programme.
Full results from the competition can be located on the American Student Rider Organisation website; the AIEC Series resumes in March - www.aiecworld.com
Further information about GBR’s student riders visit www.gbstudentriders.co.uk