Britain lead the way after day one at the Pony European Championships
The first of the qualifying competitions for the pony European championships in Hungary put Britain in a strong position with four of the British team finishing in the top 10. Team GBR currently lie in the top spot equal with France on a zero score.
Lily Freeman-Attwood and her British Masters JA champion Valmy De Treilles eased into second place in day one’s 1.30m speed. This Kantjes Ronaldo daughter is only aged eight but belies her tender years with maturity, a scopey, careful jump and great attitude. They slotted into the runner-up spot 1.08 sec behind France’s Camille Favrot and Uhelem De Seille.
It may be Ellie Hall-McAteer’s first time at the pony Europeans, but she has experience at children-on-horses level and her partner – the 19-year-old Tixylix – has experience and scope in spades. The pair bounded their way into fourth place, three sec behind the winner.
Faye Sutton is another making her pony European debut and rode into seventh place on the Irish-Lissatava Bobby 13-year-old Robe Ruadh. Allana Clutterbuck – the only rider with European experience and a 2016 team bronze medal – again represents Britain with Sue Evans’ big-jumping Sultan Du Bary and also posted a clear round for 10th spot. Four faults for Fraser Reed and the 14-year-old Harry dropped them to 35th in the 52-strong class.
It puts the team of Lily, Ellie, Fraser and Allana in equal first with France on a zero score at this very early stage. But it is tight at the top as the Netherlands are in third on one fault and Norway stand in fourth on two faults. Ireland are currently fifth on four faults and Sweden take sixth on five.
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