Despite tumultuous ground conditions and heavy rain, Britain’s young riders secured team gold at the Young Rider European Championships at Pardubice, Czech Republic (3 – 6 August). In fact the four-strong team used the arduous weather to their advantage, moving up from second position after the dressage.
The Jump Savings Young Rider team consisted of Amy Young (Highville), Gemma Tattersall (Jesters Quest), Lauren Shannon (Quixotic) and Alice Dunsdon (Master Taldi).
All four team members jumped clear round the cross-country course, proving their potential as future senior team members.
Deteriorating ground conditions after hours of rain provoked plenty of dramas in the show jumping – with horses skidding and poles flying. But Britain’s young talent performed to the best of their ability; Gemma Tattersall knocked just two rails and reigning Under 21 champion Amy Young jumped a stylish clear round.
Coupled with an expertly timed cross-country round, Young’s show jumping clear won her the Individual European Gold medal – she finished on her dressage score of 48.5 pen.
1st Great Britain 182.0
2nd Switzerland 212.9
3rd Germany 214.1
1st Amy Young/Highville 48.5 GBR*
2nd Luca Roman/Fute Vergoignan 54.1 ITA
3rd Antje d’Parade/Kontess 54.6 GER
7th Gemma Tattersall/Jesters Quest 59.9 GBR*
11th Rosanna Crossley/ High Time 64.3 GBR
17th Lauren Shannon/Quixotic 73.6GBR*
20th Alice Dunsdon/Master Taldi 75.1 GBR*
Tanya Buckingham/Whats Happening Now Withdrawn before Show Jumping
* – denotes a team member