The final line-up for the 2015 Dodson & Horrell and the World Class Programme Under 23 British Championships has been confirmed, with twenty-four combinations set to compete at The London International Horse Show, Olympia next Saturday morning (19 December).
Among the starters are last year’s winning combination Kerry Brennan and Wellington M, sisters Millie and Pippa Allen, Chloe Winchester who took top honours at last weeks’ final qualifying event and Jessica Mendoza, who competed at her first senior European Championships earlier this year, helping to secure qualification for Rio 2016 for the GB squad.
The line-up comprises (in alphabetical order):
- Millie Allen* with Balou Star owned by Peter Allen and Udo Opperman
- Pippa Allen* with Hope Springs, owned by John Mcgeoch
- Graham Babes with Boucheron, owned by George Babes
- Charlene Bastone with Newbridges Master Brown, owned by Stacey Webb
- Alfie Bradstock with KBIS Caicos, owned by Graham Fletcher and KBIS British Equestrian Insurance
- Kerry Brennan with Wellington M, owned by Liane Smith
- Abbe Burchmore-Eames with Wilandri E owned by Jack Eames
- Harry Charles with Stapleton Mist, owned by John Roberts and Olga White
- Stephen Crosby with TGF Red Rubin, owned by Trevor Farrington
- Yasmin Davis with Zilverster II, owned by Alison Davis
- Graham Gillespie with Reve De Bacon, owned by Michael Whitaker
- Jodie Hall-Mcateer with Dazzle II, owned by Mandy Hall
- Sally Hopkinson with Temple Marple, owned by David Hopkinson Ltd
- Amy Inglis with Samayava Ar Park, owned by Geoff Shingles CBE
- Rebecca Marsh with Nelson Z, owned by Martin Dawes
- Jessica Mendoza* with Wan Architect, owned by Sarah Mendoza
- Christie Pritchard with Bolton Gate Ben, owned by Wendy Hawcroft
- Jake Saywell* with either Grand Cru Van Paemel or Special K IV, both owned by Rachel Gascoine
- Chelsea Skelton with Caramba, owned by Janet Elvin
- Alicia Smallman with Nadzaro Bliniere, owned by Alicia Smallman
- James Smith with Tyson Uno, owned by Danielle Greer and James Smith
- Emily Ward* with Remi Cavalleri, owned by Anne Bedford
- George Whitaker* with Gipsy Boy, owned by Ian Whitaker
- Chloe Winchester* with Avoca Valkyrie, owned by Gillian Winchester
*Denotes athletes on the World Class Podium Potential Programme
World Class Showjumping Performance Manager Di Lampard commented; “We’ve seen some great rounds produced during the qualifying series this year and I’m looking forward to seeing these talented athletes competing on the Olympia stage next week.”
Sam Horrell, Marketing Director at Dodson & Horrell commented “We are proud to see such a stunning line up of future stars of the show jumping world competing in this year’s Under 23 final, and I look forward to watching them contend for the Championship title at Olympia.”
There is a total prize fund of £15,300 for the final, with training vouchers to the value of £2900 awarded to the top eight athletes as well as a £1,500 bonus cash prize to be equally split between those that jump a clear round in rounds one and two.
The Championship is supported by Dodson & Horrell who is Europe's leading equine feed manufacturer and a highly respected worldwide authority on animal nutrition and feeding. Dodson & Horrell’s involvement of the Under 23 British Championship demonstrates their history of support in equestrian sports across all levels, from sponsorship of British Dressage, British Showjumping, Riding Club and Pony Club events to title sponsorship of the iconic Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. In addition, as official supplier of nutrition to Equestrian Team GBR, Dodson & Horrell will play a pivotal advisory role in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The World Class Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR on the international stage and is funded by National Lottery and Exchequer funds via UK Sport.