Philip Beasley produces Britain’s best ever performance at the European vaulting championships in Poland

The European Vaulting Championships held in Poland on the 9-12 August, saw Philip Beasley, from the Scottish equestrian vaulting team finish 10th.

Good compulsories, followed by a foot perfect freestyle in the first round put him 11th and qualified him through to the second day. A good performance saw him finish on 7.724 and move up to 10th place, a best ever for British Vaulting.

Things didn’t initially go to plan as Philip’s horse failed the initial vetting. He had to change to Bowler, a horse borrowed from the Balanced Horse Feeds English vaulting squad.

“I was a little worried about changing horses as I have a different style of roller to the one used on Bowler, but I’m pleased with my performance.’ Philip said.

John McNally the other British male competing finished in 23rd place. While the girls putin good performances with Elizabeth Watson in 23rd place, Hannah MacGillivray in 24th place and Sarah Watson finishing just behind in 28th.

The reigning champions Nadia Zulow form Germany Matthias Lang from France both retained their crowns. The Team competition was won by the Swiss, with Germany second and Sweden third.