Jodie Amos has won the first Britannia League, a competition series launched by British Eventing (BE) this year to recognise British riders that have not competed under the country’s flag.
29-year-old Jodie from Warwickshire rode to victory with Wise Crack, sealing their win with a third placing in the CCI3* at Blenheim Palace. She will be awarded a cheque for £5,000 by BE at the EHOA dinner in Berkshire on 1 November.
“It’s been seriously competitive,” said Jodie. “I started the season well, which prompted me to go to Bramham (where they finished fifth) rather than Tattersalls, but then Blair didn’t go according to plan so there was all to play for at Blenheim Palace.”
Nicola Coates bought Wise Crack for Jodie five years ago after coming to her for lessons. Nicola will take home a large bronze trophy to keep for the year and a replica memento.
Francis Whittington secured second place with Catherine Witt’s East Target and in third place was Louise Harwood with Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones’ Whitson. The riders will receive cheques for £3,000 and £1,000 respectively.
The eventing league aims to recognise successful British riders and their owners at CIC3*, CCI3* and FEI CICO competitions, rewarding the top three British horse and rider combinations that have not competed for the country at senior championship level.
The competition “has been very exciting in its latter stages,” said Mrs Nigella Hall who provided the generous backing.