British junior eventers on track for double gold

  • Britain hold individual and team gold medal positions after the dressage at the junior European Eventing Championships at Avenches, Switzerland.

    Reigning junior European Champion Laura Collett leads individually after scoring 35.48 with Rayef (pictured at Houghton earlier this year). But Germany’s Franziska Roth (Dictus J) and Sweden’s Christoffer Forsberg (Grafman) are very close behind, having scored 35.71 and 35.95 respectively.

    British under-18 national champion Emily Llewellyn is fifth on 38.57 riding Pardon Me II, while the third team mark to count at this stage comes from last year’s junior regional novice champion Marina Lawson-Smith (Fancy That II), who scored a personal best of 45.

    The other team member is Harry Dzenis (Spider VI), who also put in a good performance for 55.48.

    The British team are on a score of 119.05, and hold the gold medal position going into tomorrow’s cross-country ahead of Sweden and Germany.

    The British individuals are Fergus Payne, who scored 55 with Secret Avalanche, and Rosie Stewart, who is on 55.71 with Get Up And Go II.

    British chairman of selectors Robin Balfour reports that the cross-country course is typical of Pierre Michelet — the renowned French designer — and quite technical.

    Full report from the junior European Eventing Championships in next week’s Horse & Hound (9 August).

    Visit the Avenches website www.complet-avenches.ch

    Click on any of the British horses’ names to see their full British Eventing record

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