British juniors and children-on-horses post team wins in Hagen

Against tough competition, the Brits finished on top in the junior and children-on-horses Nations Cup team competitions in Hagen, Germany.

The junior team claimed victory in the junior Nations Cup against 13 other teams. They finished just two faults ahead on a total of seven ahead of Poland on nine and France on 16.

Scarlett Charles, 15, was best Brit, her jumping double clear on the 10-year-old Sacree Du Rouet marred by a single time fault in round two.

Pathfinder Robert Murphy, 16, improved on his round four faults with Catherine Witt’s 10-year-old Del Fuego with a round two clear. Anchor Leonie Aitkenhead, 18, jumped a first round clear on Clane K but came home on five in the second half, and Faye Adams, 18, had just one time fault in the first round on the nine-year-old Ciana, but an unsettled second round meant they were the drop score.

“I’m delighted, they all played an important part in delivering a British win and I couldn’t be prouder,” said chef d’equipe Alan Fazackerley, who thought the course-builder had it just right – “The time was right, you couldn’t dawdle and had to be on the pace or time penalties would be incurred.”

Sienna Charles and Chaitanya Ellie Hall-Mcateer and Dazzle II

And the children-on-horses squad followed suit, taking victory following a tense jump-off with Germany after both teams posted a zero score after two rounds.

Trailblazer Sienna Charles, 13, underscored her double clear on the nine-year-old Chaitanya Z with a quick jump-off clear, as did Ellie Hall-McAteer, 14, on the ultra-consistent 15-year-old grey mare Dazzle.

Lily Freeman Attwood and Banana D'Ive Z Oli Fletcher and Temple Rebus

Lily Freeman-Attwood, 14, unseated in round one and posting eight in round two, put her bad rounds behind her to bounce back with a great jump-off clear on the 15-year-old Banana D’Ive Z. It meant Oli, 13, Fletcher, another with a double clear on the nine-year-old Temple Rebus, was not required to jump-off – Britain were in an unbeatable position, finishing more than two sec ahead on time.

Germany conceded to second with Denmark in third.

Sienna also claimed second with Westenwind in the children-on-horses 1.20m speed, 0.73 sec behind the winner. Ben Clark and Lanverdel’s four faults dropped them to 15th.

Lily took second in the first class for children-on-horses with Topspin, 0.73 sec off the pace. Sienna eased Westenwind into fourth. And Lily took 11th on day two with Banana D’Ive Z. Other Brits posted clears to finish in a bunch – Ben Clark was 15th on Curosa III, Ellie Hall-McAteer on Dazzle took 16th and Sienna was 18th on Chaitanya.

Robert Murphy took fourth on the 10-year-old Vogue in a hotly contended junior 1.35m, won by Ireland’s Philip Carey on CTS Peanuts. Leonie Aitkenhead’s jump-off eight faults on Westpoint Ferdinand dropped them to 18th.

Robert on Del Fuego and Scarlett aboard Dauphin posted good double clears for 10th and 11th in Wednesday’s junior 1.40m. Faye incurred one time fault on Croklund for 17th. Lottie Tutt and Babylon had four faults and Leonie Aitkenhead on Westpoint Ferdinand finished on five faults.

Leonie (Ferdinand and Clane K), Robert (Vogue), Lottie (Babylon), Faye (Croklund) and Scarlett (Sacree Du Rouet) all jumped clear in the junior 1.35m on day one.

Emma and Stars Surprise netted fifth in Thursday’s pony 1.25m, again won by Ireland in the form of Jason Foley and More Clover. Hallie and Shannonbay Extra incurred four faults in the jump-off to drop to 23rd.

And Emma and Stars Surprise also featured on Friday with third, 2.77 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Cian Harrison on Greta III. Madison Jamison on Sweepstake took ninth just ahead of Hallie and Shannonbay Extra.

Ireland’s Harry Allen has gelled with Charlotte Ash’s 2015 European ride Aughnashammer and won the 1.25m pony speed by 0.78 sec. Britain’a Hallie Lunn took sixth on Shannonbay Extra. Emma Crawford on Mullingar Bay and Antonia Platt with Carnhill Luna posted steady clears. Emma on Stars Surprise and Hallie with Javas Alun both had four faults.

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