The British young rider team take a podium place in Austria

The British team claimed third in the young rider Nations Cup in Lamprechtshausen, Austria, with anchor Kellie Taylor sealing their place on the podium with a final round clear on Grupello Z.

Leonie Aitkenhead, 21, came home on four faults in each round with the 10-year-old Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck.  Tegan Jones, also 21, improved on her first round 13 faults with the 12-year-old Annaghmore Lui to returned eight faults second time out.

Joseph Stockdale, 19, was making his team debut with Don Diego De Plata finished on 10 faults first time out and were looking at jumping clear in the second round until Don Diego lost his footing on the final line, unseating Joseph. 

Kellie, 21, and the 11-year-old Grupello Z made just one mistake in round one but came storming back in round two to justify their anchor position with a super clear round.

Germany took the top place on the podium with 14 faults, 10 faults ahead of Italy on 24 and Britain finished third on a total of 30.

Second 24 hours earlier to twin sister Kellie,

Abbie Taylor came to the fore in Friday night’s young rider 1.25m speed with Mill River with 0.48 sec to spare.  Leonie made it a British one-two as she guided LSS Barbados into second and Taisie de Gruchy finished fifth on Hoodshill First Look. 

Joseph rode Cacharel into fourth in the under 25 1.40m speed finishing nine sec behind the pace.  Four faults dropped Taisie de Gruchy and Live the Life to 16th.


Thomas Francis-Jones maintained his winning form to take a second win on Madonna Van De Drieshoeve, heading the pony 1.20m accumulator.  Twenty-nine tackled this class but Thomas outpaced them all to take the win by 1.97 sec. 



Nicole Lockhead Anderson steered Manolito P into second place in the 42-horse junior 1.20m speed 5.86 sec off the pace.  Steadier rounds from Molly Davies on Voyou Des Rondets and Galant Ban Het Vijverhof claimed 14th and 19th.

Aimee Jones slotted Temple Chablis into third in the children-on-horses 1.20m accumulator 2.59 sec off the pace.  Amelie Gachoud also posted a maximum score for 16th on Evito.  


Text and Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy British Showjumping

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