Following a week action packed competition, which ended with celebrations for the British youth teams in Fontainebleau, France, Great Britain came home with medals across the board at the Longines FEI European Championships 2018 for Children, Juniors and Young Riders.
Showjumping: Harry Charles, son of Olympic gold medallist, Peter Charles MBE, was crowned European Champion after topping the standings in the individual competition with his father’s, Vivaldi Du Dom. The individual title was his second gold medal of the week after he won team gold with Graham Babes (Boucheron, owned by himself), Will Fletcher (Persimmon, owned by Graham Fletcher) and Amy Inglis (Wishes, owned by Claire Inglis), earlier in the week, after finishing ahead of Germany and Denmark, who secured second and third respectively. Amy Inglis also finished 5th in the individual competition whilst Will Fletcher took 9th.
Eventing: The British eventing team fought their way back up the leaderboard on the final day competition after some fantastic rounds in the showjumping phase saw three riders finish in the top ten, with Alex Kennedy producing a superb clear round on-board John and Andrea Kennedy’s Lissangle Cavaletto B to secure the individual bronze, finishing narrowly ahead of her team mate, Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ (owned by Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn) who took fourth.
Alex and Yasmin, also competed in the team event alongside Bubby Upton (Cola III, owned by Rachel Upton) and Sam Ecroyd (Kasseedorf, owned by Adam Gillespie), the group were unlucky to just miss out on a team medal, finishing fourth as France took the gold. Individual Mollie Summerland (Charly van Ter Heiden, owned by herself), went into the final day in second place but an unfortunate eight faults saw her finish 9th whilst Lizzie Baugh had just one fence down on her own Quarry Man to give her a 13th place finish.
Dressage: It was a valiant effort from the British dressage team who finished sixth in the team event with strong performances from Anna Jesty (Aquiro, owned by herself), Lewis Carrier (Diego V, owned by himself), Alexander Harrison (Diamond Hill, owned by himself) and Charlotte Dicker (Sabatini, owned by Ian McRobbie).
Showjumping: Oliver Fletcher claimed silver in the individual event, after a thrilling competition saw the combination move up from third place on the final day of the event with Hello Disckoboy D.N., owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. The combination enjoyed a fantastic championships, having played their part in the team competition earlier in the week, which saw Great Britain defend their Junior title.
Robert Murphy (Newbridges Chablis SW, owned by Stacey Webb) and Jack Whitaker (Arlo De Blondel, owned by Michael Whitaker), who were on the winning team last year, were joined on the podium by Oliver Fletcher and Sienna Charles (Chaitanya 2, owned by Peter Charles MBE). Sienna, Robert and individual rider, James Winter (Cosmo Boy, owned by Elizabeth Winter), all finished just outside the top ten in the individual competition.
Eventing: An afternoon of clear rounds helped the British eventing team take the silver medal on the final day, finishing just behind Germany. Heidi Coy finished the highest placed British rider, after a fantastic weekend saw her move up from third to second on the final day with her own Royal Fury, to take the individual silver medal.
Team mates, Sasha Hargreaves (Playtime, owned by herself), Georgia Bartlett (Spano de Nazca, owned by herself) and Elicia Miller (A Sunny Bay, owned by herself) all produced great performances to move up in the standings, finishing 5th, 11th and 23rd respectively. Individual rider, Leilia Paske also went clear on the final day to finish 39th on her championship debut.
Dressage: From a strong field boasting 68 combinations, Great Britain’s individuals Jessica Mcconkey (Lady Gaga, owned by herself) and Maddy Whelan (Diamond Design, owned by Sandy Phillips) both put in good performances across the week on their championship debuts to finish 37th and 51st respectively.
Showjumping: Megan Li came close to a medal in the Children’s Individual Final after she took part in a five horse jump-off, to decide the Silver and Bronze medals. On board Alex Li’s Eclips van Erpekom, Megan was unfortunate to have a fence down to see her finish in equal fourth place. Madison Heath was also in action throughout the week on Claire Beecroft’s Burgana, producing some good jumping they finished in 21st place overall.
Dressage: Lily Payne put in a great performance in the Children’s Individual test as Britain’s sole representative in this competition. On board Anne Savage’s Beckhouse Cancara, the combination scored 71.08% to finish in sixth place, just two percent off a medal.
For more results from Fontainebleau, visit: https://fontainebleau2018.com/