The British Pony show jumping team continues its strong international run with a win in France
The triumphant British pony squad continued its merry way at Le Touquet, France,where our team won its class and also took the top seven places in the grand prix.
The competitive team class saw our final rider, Martha Beaumont, having to jump clear to win for her team-mates – Louise Pavitt [pictured right] (New York Spritzer), Hannah Paul (Mister Amontilano) and Andrew Mizon (CJ’s Kemosabi).
Martha coped with the pressure superbly and completed a foot-perfect round on Colton Maelstrom, who joined Louise Pavitt and Gemma Plumley (Belfly), competing for the GB 1 team, on a zero score.
In the 41-starter grand prix, Germany’s Bianca Herschel joined the seven British riders for an exciting jump-off.
Gemma Plumley and Belfly held on by a fraction from Martha Beaumont on Colton Maelstrom, with the steady clear from Hanna Penny and Mid West Star proving enough for third spot.
Andrew Mizon (CJ’s Kemosabi) and Katie Shaw (Loobeen Shamrock) were fast enough, but both lowered a fence for fourth and fifth, ahead of Hannah Paul (Mister Amontilano) and Louise Pavitt (New York Spritzer).
Louise began the show with a bang by taking the top two places in the small two-phase on New York Skyline and Spritzer before galloping to victory with Spritzer in the big A4.
The third day saw some new names come to the fore. Victoria Thornley and Connors Classic topped the line in the small two-phase, while Amanda-Jane Bravington rode Hero’s Son to victory in the big A4, thus completing six wins in seven classes for the British riders.
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