Britain were on a high at the Dutch Youngster Festival in Wierden, The Netherlands, with the pony and junior teams taking the top spot in their respective Nations Cup competitions.Britain’s pony team returned victorious in their Nations Cup competition on a fantastic zero score. The squad were out in front from the start as all four posted clear rounds in round one, but it was close all the way as Ireland also came back on a zero score to stand equal at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage.
It went to the wire in the second half. Pathfinder Shaunie Greig, 16, stormed home clear with her double HOYS champion Casino Royale and Claudia Moore followed suit aboard her 2018 individual bronze medallist Elando Van De Roshoeve.
Lila Bremner was faultless in round one but suffered a run-out at the water with the nine-year-old Lapislazuli in round two. They came back and jumped it effortlessly at the second attempt but the four faults added to three time put them on a total of seven.
It was all down to anchor Holly Truelove, 15, to jump the crucial clear with the 14-year-old stallion Rexter D’Or to put the pressure on the Irish. Four faults meant a jump-off with Ireland, but she came up trumps, jumping the vital clear with a flourish to bag the top spot for the team.
Ireland were carrying four faults and their final rider had to jump clear to force a jump-off, but Tom Wachman and Ocean Des As returned on eight to hand Britain the win. The Netherlands finished third on 16 faults.
“All four members of the team have been great today. We finished the first round with all four having jumped clear then had a further three clear in the second. For Lila, it was her first appearance on a Nations Cup team and she was really unlucky not to post a second round clear to match her first. Holly rode exceptionally well as the final rider for the team and carrying that pressure on her shoulders. She in turn put the pressure on Ireland and it paid off. It was a great win,” said Youth Team manager and chef d’Equipe Clare Whitaker.
It went to the wire for the junior team as they were forced into a jump-off situation with the host country The Netherlands after both countries finished on a total of eight after two rounds. Britain led the way on four faults at the halfway stage but The Netherlands were hot on their heels with eight.
Britain kept fighting in round two under chef d'Equipe Tony Newbery. First off Allana Clutterbuck, 18, improved on her first round four faults with a storming clear on thw 10-year-old Vykinbay. It didn’t go according to plan for Ollie Tuff, 16, and his HOYS Foxhunter champion Darino B and, after returning four in round one, they posted an uncharacteristic 20 in the second half.
Jack Whitaker, 17, kept Britain in the running to post a magnificent double clear on the Scendix nine-year-old Scenletha and it was down to Ben Clark, 17, on Jancovica. The Netherlands fought back hard to post a zero score in round two to stand on a total of eight. A clear from Ben would hand Britain the top spot and four faults meant a jump-off. A rail fell but Ben kept his cool to come home without further penalty. A jump-off was on.
Allana posted another clear and Ollie made up for his earlier score with a super clear. It was game on as The Netherlands’ second rider Gerrit Veenstra – double clear with Loridon Van T&L – returned on eight. It left the door open and Jack piled on the pressure with another clear. And when the final rider for the Dutch, Elize Van De Mheen on Ferdinand B, posted four faults, Ben wasn’t required to jump – Britain’s three clears had clinched victory. Poland finished third on 11 faults.
“Each of the four junior riders have been very good this afternoon. Great Britain were drawn second to go in the jump-off and the three horses and riders did a great job of posting clear rounds which eventually meant that Ben didn’t need to jump again. It’s been a good day at the office,” said Clare.
The young riders didn’t fare so well and finished fifth after two rounds. They were in the running on a halfway score of four but 32 faults in round two dropped them down the order.
Alex Gill and Fyenda P returned the discard score on both occasions with eight and 23 faults. Leonie Aitkenhead was consistent to come home on four faults in each round with Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck. Kellie Taylor jumped a great clear in round one on Grupello Z but finished on 11 in round two and anchor Jordan Gann aboard Billy Jean Birdavenue was also clear in round one but returned 17 in round two for a 36-fault total.
Germany took the win on 13 faults with The Netherlands second on 20 and Denmark stood third on 29 faults.
Red Morgan jumped into second with Bodyssee Des Avelines in the pony 1.30m speed, the 12-year-old mare 2.93 sec behind the winner, Ireland’s Orla Duffy on Atlanta. Hannah Barker jumped the steadiest of the clears for sixth on Ammanvalley Santino and four faults dropped Elliose Smit and Newton Samson down to 10th.
Tabitha Kyle steered Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill into third in the mammoth 90-strong children-on-horses 1.25m two-phase. Only 0.70 sec separated the top four, Tabitha finishing 0.47 sec behind the winner on the rangy Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan/Olympic Lux nine-year-old. Amelie Gachoud finished sixth and 12th on The Precious One and Evito while Phoebe Farman took eighth with Calle and Aimee Jones returned on one time fault for 19th with Zoverla.
Four faults in the junior 1.40m speed dropped Lily Freeman-Attwood and Karibou Horta to sixth place.
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