Great Britain’s junior team ruled in the Junior Nations Cup final at the Sentower Park Youth Finals in Opglabbeek, Belgium, on a fabulous zero score over a 1.40m track.
Pathfinder Jodie Hall-McAteer (seen here with Coquin De Coquerie Z) got the ball rolling with a great clear on the Mr Visto/Noncorde nine-year-old Fantom.
They were followed in style by Mattie Lanni on the Verdi 12-year-old Newbridges Master Brown and Oliver Tuff aboard the Verdi/Burggraaf 10-year-old Darino B to post a zero score with just three riders. Anchor Jack Whitaker had no need to jump Queen Elisabeth – victory was already theirs. Ireland finished second on four faults with Belgium third on five.
Pathfinder Ella Quigley led the way with a magnificent double clear on Clemens 43 to ensure her Irish team-mates claimed victory in the pony Nations Cup final. Ella and the 11-year-old Clemens didn’t put a foot wrong but anchor Seamus Hughes Kennedy was selected to represent Ireland in the jump-off against Belgium. And he came up trumps with a fast clear on Rock Dee Jay – an Arko 16-year-old bred by Ella’s mother Sharon out of her former top grade A mare Dee Jay’s Rio Grande.
Luck wasn’t on the Brits side today and they posted eight faults in both rounds to finish third. Claudia Moore was the only Brit to return a double clear with the consistent Flipper D’Elle 11-year-old Delflip while Shaunie Greig (Casino Royale), Perdi Digby (Kayleighs Star) and Nicole Lockhead Anderson (Gangnam Style) all came home on four faults in both rounds.
Brits reigned in the pony 1.20m accumulator with the top four places and it was all about the clock as 14 posted maximum scores. Lily Freeman-Attwood came to the fore with Valmy De Treille, racing ahead on the French-bred nine-year-old mare to take the win by 1.88 sec. Nicole slotted the 10-year-old Vigo into second with Claudia third aboard the 12-year-old Shamrock Du Gite and Lliy also picked up fourth with the Irish seven-year-old Capability Brown.
The Children-on-horses squad of Megan Li with Eclips Van Erpekom, Iwan Carpenter on Merllyns Chocca Nova, Isabel Saywell with Upperclass and Atiya Bussey aboard Chesterfield Z finished fifth in their Nations Cup final. Belgium’s zero score earned them the top spot over France in second.
Ben Clark posted a maximum score on Jancovica to take sixth in the 29-strong junior 1.35m accumulator, the Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve nine-year-old finishing almost six sec behind the pace. Oliver Tuff also claimed a maximum score of 65 to take 12th with Idocus VD Bisschop and Jodie lost seven points for 15th on Coquin De Coquerie Z.
Lucinda Roche riding for Ireland posted the steadiest of the maximum scores in the young riders 1.40m accumulator to take eighth on the seven-year-old Boss stallion Gangsters Paradise 12 sec off the pace.
Charlotte Bowman proved penalty-free in the children-on-horses 1.20m accumulator to take seventh on the Calido I nine-year-old Elido Esprit 3.95 sec off the pace.
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