Sienna Charles win the children-on-horses grand prix in Hagen
Sienna Charles commanded a magnificent victory in the children-on-horses grand prix on Chaitanya 2 in Hagen, Germany.
From a field of 71, 18 posted first round clears including three Brits over a tough 13-fence track. Lily Freeman-Attwood, 14, had the unenviable first draw and set out to set a fast target, but the 15-year-old Banana D’Ive Z hit just one rail to finish on four and an eventual 11th spot.
Olli Fletcher, 13, also incurred four jump-off faults for 16th on the nine-year-old Temple Rebus.
Sienna, 13, dismissed all pressure to jump another clear and steered the Holsteiner nine-year-old Chaitanya into a 1.22 sec victory over Hungary’s Aliz Alasztics on Charneval.
It was a great win for Sienna, who proved a pivotal member of the winning British Nations Cup team after posting three clears the previous day.
“This is known as one of the biggest grand prix in the world for this age group and it was a hard ask for the children to come out and jump just 24 hours after their Nations Cup. Sienna was phenomenal and this is a great win for her personally. Obviously I’m biased, but she has shown she can take on responsibility and pressure jumping in an important position in the team, I’m very proud,” said her father, London 2012 gold medallist Peter.
Britain’s pony squad gave their all to finish third in the Nations Cup. A triumphant Irish team took the win, where only four faults separated the first three.
It was tight from the get-go. Ireland and Germany shared first place after round one on just one time fault. Britain stood third on five faults, but they were only one fault ahead of France on six faults. It was all to play for.
Allana Clutterbuck, 15, on Sue Evans’ French-bred 10-year-old Sultan Du Bary repeated their round one four faults in the second half. Emma Crawford on the relatively inexperienced Mullingar Bay – a HOYS 2016 pony Foxhunter finalist – scored four and eight.
Hallie Lunn, 15, and the 13-year-old mare Javas Alun posted a foot-perfect double clear, and Antonia Platt, 14, on the 10-year-old Carnhill Luna made just one mistake, inproving on their round one time fault with a great clear in round two.
Britain remained in third on a nine fault total. Ireland took first with five faults and Italy bounced back from their round one score of seven faults to post just one time fault in the second half for second. Germany fell by the wayside with a rount wo total of 12 faults added to their first round total of one. France and The Netherlands took equal fourth on 10 faults, just one fault behind Britain.
“They are low in experience at this level and were competing under a lot of pressure, to finish third in good company is a testament to the effort they put in,” said chef d’equipe Matt Lanni.
Robert Murphy took third in the junior 1.40m grand prix with Del Fuego, finishing 0.66 sec behind the winner in a seven-horse decider. Faye Adams took 14th on Croklund with four faults in the first round. Scarlett Charles and Dauphin had five faults for 22nd.
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