Young British showjumpers triumphant at European Championships

  • Britain’s juniors returned triumphant from the showjumping European Championships in Arezzo in Italy on Saturday (26 July), where they won team gold and individual bronze.

    The Fairfax-sponsored squad (pictured above) of Jake Saywell on Grand Cru Van Paemel, Christie Pritchard on Waldemar, Jessica Mendoza on Spirit T and Millie Allen on Senator Cantino II held the overnight lead along with The Netherlands on four penalties.

    The teams stayed on level-pegging until the final stages with Britain finally forging ahead after signing off with another clean sheet in the jump-off, while The Netherlands retired.

    Team anchor Jessica secured individual bronze by virtue of producing four clear rounds. She finished on a final score of 5.01, calculated from the first individual qualifier, a speed competition.

    Gold went to Norwegian rider Amalie Hegre and Remedy on a score of 1.13, while Thomas Gilles of Belgium with Conaro took silver on a score of 4.66.

    Children on horses

    Robert Murphy and Del Fuego secured individual gold for Great Britain in the children on horses.

    The 13-year-old rider stayed on a clean sheet from the start and triumphed in a four-way jump-off against two riders from France and one from Italy.

    Robert Murphy and Del Fuego clinch gold for GB in the children on horses championship

    Robert Murphy and Del Fuego clinch gold for GB in the children on horses championship

    Robert was the only one to put in another clear, which left him ahead of Italy’s Lorenzo Sciacca and Webster, who claimed silver, and bronze medalists Elisa Mellec and Renarde Rumel, from France.

    The three-strong British team of Robert, Jodie Hall McAterr on Vichy and Will Edwards on R Candy finished fifth in the team competition. Austria took gold, ahead of Belgium and Germany.

    Read full report in Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday 31 July, 2014

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