- Twenty-four athletes will take part in Olympia Final
- Showcasing stars of the future, this will be the sixth year the Final has been held at the international show
- 2015 and 2013 past winners and Team GB Rio 2016 travelling reserve Jessica Mendoza amongst line-up
The final line-up of twenty-four up and coming stars of the future has been confirmed for the Dodson & Horrell and the World Class Programme U23 British Championship Final, which will take place at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, during the morning performance of Saturday 17 December 2016.
The final line-up sees last year’s winner, Chloe Winchester return to defend her title, this time on board Haity McNerney’s Belle Fleur 38. Sisters Pippa and Millie Allen will both be in competition again, with Pippa heading into it with a win at the Aintree qualifier in October, where she topped a competitive class placing ahead of Graham Gillespie and Miles O’Donnell who both will line-up against her next week.
European Pony gold medallist Jack Whitaker, son of Rio 2016 Olympian Michael Whitaker, will also head into the competition; last month he recorded a fantastic win at Addington Equestrian Centre on board Street Hassel with whom he partners at Olympia.
Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell says: “We are looking forward to an exhilarating show at Olympia – which always starts the Christmas celebrations in fine style. The Under 23 Championships is a highly competitive class and this year is no exception, with an excellent line up of young talent who will be battling it out to take home the prestigious award. We would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck.”
Performance Manager Di Lampard says; “There are some exciting young partnerships and we will have our best young riders competing in the final. They have all worked very hard to get to Olympia but they also want to go there to win so it will be full of top class competition.”
Athletes are confirmed as;
- Mille Allen with Balou Star
- Pippa Allen with Hope Springs
- Graham Babes with Boucheron
- Charlene Bastone with Newbridges Chablis SW
- Aimee Bell with Cameron POE
- Alfie Bradstock with Hello Discoboy D.N
- Harry Charles with Vivaldi Du Dom
- Jessica Crosby with Hemmingway
- Yazmin Davis with Zilvester II
- Jessica Dimmock with Cybell II
- Graham Gillespie with Celine
- Sally Hopkinson with Temple Marple
- Amy Inglis with Everyway II
- Jessica Mendoza with Horst Van De Mispelaere
- Miles O’Donnell with Borsato
- Olivia Poole with Connery III
- Laura Robinson with Jonti
- Jake Saywell with Cantho Z
- James Shore with Corinder Van’T Vennehof
- Bryony Ward with Mill Hollow Clouding
- Emily Ward with Remi Cavalleri
- Jack Whitaker with Street Hassel
- James Whitaker with Mersley Chakotay
- Chloe Winchester with Belle Fleur 38
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 its history of support in equestrian sports across all levels, from sponsorship of the British Dressage Novice Championships, the British Showjumping Amateur & Veteran Championships and The Festival of British Eventing Novice Championship 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 played 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.