British Showjumping Releases
The British Showjumping Junior Team claimed victory in the Junior Nations Cup in Opglabbeek, Belgium following a weekend of success for Great Britain's teams.
The final standings were decided in a tense jump off between Great Britain and Spain.
Emily Ward (16 years) from Neston, Cheshire with Doobally a 12 year-old bay mare owned by Michael Whitaker took on the role of pathfinder. A fence down in each round saw her pick up 4 penalties in each however a brilliant clear in the jump-off played a pivotal role greatly assisted in delivering a 1st place finish for the team.
Scarlett Charles (15 years) from Alton, Hampshire with Sacree Du Rouet a 10 year-old bay mare owned by Peter Charles couldn’t have performed any better when she posted a phenomenal clear across all three rounds; the only rider to do so.
Katinka Brogaard (17 years) from Devizes, Wiltshire with Belfast a 10 year-old dark bay gelding owned by Annabelle Bowman-Shaw was the third member of the team to come forward. For Katinka it was a 16 penalty finish in the first round and 22 penalties in the second to become the drop score in each round however a marked improvement in the jump-off saw them pick up 5 penalties in this final round.
Leonie Aitkenhead (18 years) from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with Clane K a 9 year-old bay mare owned by Beverley Aitkenhead had the unenviable role of anchor. A foot-perfect clear in the first round saw them deliver a zero penalty score for GB in the first but an unfortunate pole down in the second round saw 4 penalties accrued in the second.
The British Showjumping Children’s Team came 2nd in the Nations Cup in what was their first team competition of the year.
With three of the four riders posting clears across both rounds of the Nations Cup to finish on a zero penalty score, the British team were forced into a jump-off third round to decide the top two places. The team they were up against were home nation Belgium, who were the only other team of riders to finish on a zero penalty score with the closest other nation being Spain who finished on an overall score of 4 penalties in 3rd place.
The Brits were represented by Sienna Charles (13 years) from Alton, Hampshire with Chaitanya 2 a 9 year-old grey mare owned by Peter Charles who was the initial of the four to come forward. Their fault free performance across both rounds paved the way for the others to follow with Lilli Freeman-Atwood (14 years) from Shrewsbury, Shropshire with Banana D’Ive Z a 15 year-old chestnut mare owned by Mark McCourt being the next to come forward and deliver a clear in both rounds 1 and 2.
Eleanor Hall-Mcateer (14 years) from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire with Dazzle, a 15 year-old grey mare owned by Mandy Hall took the position of 3rd rider with Oliver Fletcher (13 years) from Woolstone, Oxon with Temple Rebus a 9 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Graham Fletcher taking the role of anchor. Both riders performed brilliantly across the 1.30m course in the first round. Oliver went on to produce another clear in Round 2 ensuring a zero penalty score for GB due to Eleanor having a touch of a pole in the 2nd round resulting in 4 penalties being accrued and becoming the drop score.
The jump-off between Belgium and GB was definitely one that saw tensions increasing as the rounds played out. A clear by both teams first riders saw GB take the lead on time due to Sienna putting in an incredibly fast clear. This lead was furthered when the second riders came forward with Belgium’s second rider notching up a high penalty score whilst Lilli jumped another clear. Belgium then delivered clears by their remaining two riders as did GB with both Eleanor and Oliver which meant both teams finished on zero penalties once again due to only the top three scores counting.
For GB, it was an excruciating wait whilst the judges added their fastest three times together to see if they were fast enough to beat the three riders times from Belgium that had jumped clear. Unfortunately it was just under a second that split the teams with Belgium having the edge with their time of 130.08 seconds to nudge GB into 2nd with their time of 131.07 seconds.
The British Pony Team came second in the Pony Nations Cup after a three-way jump-off with France and Ireland for 1st place.
The team of four representing GB along with those representing France and Ireland had all finished on a score of zero penalties after both rounds had been jumped. This meant that a three-way jump off would be required where three of each team of four riders scores and cumulative times would be taken into account.
Jack Whitaker (14 years) from Whatton, Nottinghamshire with Elando Van De Roshoeve a 12 year-old bay gelding owned by Michael Whitaker took the role of pathfinder for the team. His jump-off round mirrored those of his first two in that he jumped a foot-perfect clear in what proved to be the fastest time overall in the jump off of 32.99 seconds.
Antonia Platt (14 years) from Chelmsford, Essex with the 10 year-old bay gelding Carnhill Luna owned by Rosalind Platt, second to go for the team, also delivered two clears in both rounds before delivering a 3rd in the jump-off in a time of 36.60 seconds.
Madison Jamison (15 years) from Knuzden, Blackburn with Eclips VI a 12 year-old bay gelding owned by Nicola Jamison incurred an unfortunate 4 penalties in the jump-off in a time of 41.16 seconds in what had otherwise been a faultless performance across both previous rounds.
Robert Murphy (16 years) from Preston, Lancashire with Rainbows Mocha a 10 year-old brown mare owned by Hans Jacobosen wasn’t quite as lucky incurring 4 penalties in the first round to become the dropscore before delivering a perfect clear in the second round. The jump-off saw them pick up 8 penalties on the course in a time of 36.11 seconds to become the drop score.
This saw the Brits finish on a total of 4 penalties overall with a cumulative time of 110.75 seconds. France, who had also finished on 4 penalties just pipped GB to the post with their time of 104.68 seconds to take pole position whilst Ireland were relegated to 3rd place with their 8 penalty finish which they had picked up in the 3rd and final round.
Matt Lanni, Chef d’Equipe for the British Pony Team commented “I’m very pleased with the riders performances today at their first nations cup show of the season. They were outstanding to finish the two rounds on a zero score and it was very close finish with just time being the deciding factor.”
Finally the British Showjumping Young Rider team finished 4th in their respective Nations Cup.
Finishing on a total score of 16 penalties, they were three fences behind winners Belgium who finished on 4 penalties and Netherlands on 9 penalties in 2nd place along with the Swiss who finished on 10 penalties in 3rd place.
Theo Simpson (aged 19 years) from Buckhurst Hill, Essex with Touch of Chilli a 12 year-old chestnut gelding owned by David Simpson delivered a first round clear shortly followed by Chelsea Skelton (19 years) from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with Caramba a 9 year-old bay gelding owned by Janet Elvin who also jumped clear.
Callum Tusler (19 years) from Horsham, West Sussex with the 9 year-old liver chestnut gelding Convinced I Am owned by Fiona Tusler was the third rider to go for the team, but their 9 penalties saw them become the drop score when Amy Inglis (19 years) from Haywards Heath, West Sussex with Samayava Ar Park a 10 year-old chestnut owned by Geoff Shingles also jumped clear.
Going into the second round on zero penalties, the team looked to be in a strong position. However, despite another clear delivered by Chelsea and Caramba faults were accrued by the remaining riders in the team to see a 16 penalty overall finish score accumulated to relegate them into 4th position.