Matilda Lanni takes second in Opglabbeek's children-on-horses grand prix

She finished 4.02 sec behind the winner, but Matlida Lanni showed maturity beyond her tender 13 years to secure second in the children-on-horses 1.30m grand prix with Newbridges Master Brown at Opglabbeek's Youth Festival in Belgium.

Only nine of 56 starters posted initial clears to access the jump-off, with Matilda guiding the Verdi/Corland 11-year-old Master Brown into the runner up position, one of only three double clears. The Netherlands’ Pam Nieuwenhuis on Vendorlux V took the win. And the seven-year-old Lupicor/Edison stallion Fayot – winner of the HOYS 2016 Foxhunter final with Laura Pritchard – finished fourth with the fastest four for Denmark’s Gustav Christian Jacobsen.

Making just one mistake for four faults in round one, Holly Truelove (Golly Girl), Jodie Burchmore Eames (Casti Aneira) and Anneliese Aitken (Zorland) all finished down the line.

Oliver Tuff eased the 16-year-old Elektrik into sixth in the childrens 1.15m speed, 4.33 sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Anneliese Aitken and MHS Walk The Line down to 13th.

Charlotte Ash and the Cicero Z 11-year-old Galant Van Het Vijverhof slotted into third in the junior 1.35m speed. Olivia Poole on the Orlando 15-year-old Corlando Of Cavallini proved slightly slower for fifth.

Brits lifted the top two places in the pony 1.15m speed, Tahnia Jordan-Jones and the 13-year-old Sulan Hollywood Knight scoring another victory with a three sec advantage over Madiy Jamison and the eight-year-old Sweepstake. Madiy also netted seventh on second ride Flavia and Sienna Charles was also clear for 10th on Billy Wish.

Britain started out well in the pony Nations Cup with Sienna Charles on Magic Cornflakes and Madiy Jamison aboard Bodyssee Des Avelines posting round one clears as numbers one and two, but 11 from Tahnia Jordan-Jones on Beech Comber and 12 from anchor Antonia Platt with Sligo Furistos Flight put them on a halfway stage score of 11. And they remained in sixth spot, although Tahnia and Beech Comber improved well to return a second round clear when added to Sienna’s eight and Madiy’s seven to finish on a total of 26.

Belgium dominated with a win on a four fault total with Ireland second on eight and the Netherlands’ in third on 10.

Ellie Hall-McAteer is certainly getting to grips with the amazing Tixylix and took fourth in the pony 1.30m speed, almost five sec behind the winner. Faye Sutton and Roe Ruadh returned a steadier clear for ninth.

Aimee Jones on Lilly 483 and Beth Vernon aboard Lotus were the best of the British in the young rider 1.40m speed, both picking up four faults for 19th and 22nd.

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