Medals for British showjumpers at youth Europeans

  • Britain’s young showjumpers have brought home a host of medals from the FEI European Championships in Austria.

    Held in Wiener Neustadt from 10-16 August, the event included the junior, young rider and children on horses European Championships.

    The British junior team took bronze at the event on Friday (14 August) on a final total of 20 penalties.

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    Germany rolled just two poles to win European junior gold and Ireland secured silver on a score of 12 penalties.

    The British bronze medal-winning junior team was made up of Harry Charles on Vivaldi Du Dom, Millie Allen on Balou Star, Faye Adams on Zozo CL and Robert Murphy on Del Fuego.

    Yesterday (Sunday 16 August), British team members Harry and Millie also took individual silver and bronze respectively.

    France’s Camille Conde Ferreira on Pirole De La Chatre won gold.

    Harry (pictured, top), son of London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning showjumper Peter Charles, was in seventh position following the first round of the individual competition.

    But the 16-year-old put in strong performances in the remaining rounds – rolling just one pole – to move up to silver.

    Peter said he was “extremely proud” of his son.

    “He really has done his family, team and country proud,” he added.

    “A big thank you to all our sponsors and support team behind the scenes we really couldn’t do it without them.”

    Millie’s individual bronze was the 10th medal she has won for Great Britain at a youth championships.

    Millie and Harry’s individual medals took Team GBR’s total tally to four from the championships.

    On Thursday (13 August), Great Britain’s children on horses team won silver.

    Meanwhile, the British young rider team narrowly missed out on a podium place.

    The Brits finished fourth out of 14 nations on a score of eight penalties and less than three seconds behind bronze medallists Ireland.

    Belgium won gold on a clean sheet and Germany took silver with eight penalties.

    The young rider team was made up of Chloe Winchester on Avoca Valkyrie, Chloe Aston on Merqusio, Jake Saywell on Grand Cru Van Paemel and Emma O’Dwyer on HHS Figaro.

    Chloe and Avoca Valkyrie were also the highest-placed British combination in the individual competition – finishing fourth.

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