The British Dressage Selection Panel for Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders of David Trott, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have announced their Team NAF representatives at this year’s FEI European Championships in Fontainebleau, France 9 – 15 July.
A single rider will represent Britain in the Children on Horses while two individuals will fly the flag in the Junior Championship. A team of four, with two nominated reserves will take part in the Young Rider competition.
Chief Selector David Trott commented; “It’s been a great spring of competition with some excellent performances both home and abroad although a reduced calendar in Europe has given fewer opportunities for riders to get international scores. My fellow selectors and I have made the decision to only send two individuals at Junior level rather than a team. It was tough and we took into consideration a number of factors, not least cost as the trip is funded by British Dressage. Our primary aim is to send a squad of riders who are medal contenders and this year, we felt there weren’t four riders with strong enough scores. We’ve selected seven strong combinations to represent Team NAF and Britain and if they all perform to their best, we could be in the medal zone.”
Children on Horses – individual rider
Lily Payne (14) from Boston, Lincolnshire with Ann Savage’s Beckhouse Cancara (black, mare, 15hh, 12yrs)
Junior – individual riders
Jessica McConkey (16) from Watlington, Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga (dark bay, mare, 16.2hh, 9yrs, Quarterback x Solos Landwind)
Maddy Whelan (15) from Hailey, Oxfordshire with Sandy Phillips’ Diamond Design (dark brown, stallion, 16.1hh, 13yrs, s. Diamond Hit)
Young Rider - team
Lewis Carrier (21) from Downham Market, Norfolk with his own Diego V (dark bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 10yrs, s. Spielberg)
Charlotte Dicker (19) from Stockbridge, Hampshire with her own Sabatini (dark brown, mare, 16.2hh, 13yrs, Stedinger x Sherlock Holmes)
Alexander Harrison (21) from Chew Magna, Bristol with Diamond Hill (chestnut, gelding, 16 hh, 7yrs, s. Don Diamond)
Anna Jesty (19) from Wimborne, Dorset with her own Aquiro (bay, gelding, 17.1hh, 14yrs, s. Aquino)
First: Lucy Amy (20) from Le Mont Isaac, Jersey with her own Extra Time (dark brown, gelding, 17hh, 9yrs)
Second: Amber Barton (21) from Bewdley, Worcestershire with her own Labiat (chestnut, stallion, 16.2hh, 13yrs, s. Le Primeur)
The riders will head to Kilbees Farm in Berkshire, by kind permission of the Pidgleys, for a pre-European Championship camp over 5 -6 July ahead of setting off for France on 7 July.
British Dressage would like to thank their team sponsor NAF and suppliers LeMieux.