Britain’s young rider endurance team won bronze at the FEI European junior and young rider endurance championships 2012 in Mont le Soie, Belgium (8 September).

France claimed team gold and Italy silver in the 58-horse race.

Three of the original 61 horses were spun at the pre-ride inspection – Norwegian entrant Kine Eissland Holen’s Shere Khan, Finnish rider Joona Mickelsson’s Solomonas and Belgium’s Cairo, ridden by Raphael Van Cauter.

Nine teams fought it out over the dramatic scenery of the High Ardennes, with the French team finishing on 19:06:39.

Italy was just 74sec behind on 19:07:53 and the Brits – Carri-Ann Dark (Vavavoom), Beth Langley (HS Ametista), Kate Atkinson (Vanash) and Louise Rich (Oakleazefarm Cziko) came in third, on 20:54:43.

The individual winner was Mara Feola of Italy and Grigali, who finished with a speed of 18.907kph.

France’s Cesar Donnais won individual silver with Srour (18.906kph) and his team-mate Nina Lissarrague and Preume De Paute won bronze (18.904kph).

  • For a full report, see H&H issue 20 September.