The children-on-horses squad squad lead the way in Wierden

The Great was put into Britain at the Dutch Youngster Festival in Wierden, The Netherlands, as just 24 hours after the pony and junior teams stood at the top of the Nations Cup podium, the children-on-horses stormed to victory in their competition.

A strong British team led from the off, first out Tabitha Kyle, 11, guiding Holly Smith’s Irish-bred nine-year-old Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill with Phoebe Farman, 13, on her mother Tracy Priest’s 19-year-old Calle and anchor Aimee Jones, 14, aboard Zoverla following suit.  With these three counting scores the team were on zero at the halfway stage with two fences in hand over their nearest rivals, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

Amelie Gachoud, 14, was unlucky when Evito faltered at the water tray and returned on five faults for the discard score.  And the 10-year-old Evito took a dislike to the water tray in round two for elimination.

Nonetheless, Tabitha and Phoebe flourished under pressure to again come home clear.  It was all down to Aimee.  The Netherlands had fought back hard to add nothing further to their first round eight faults – Aimee had to jump round for less than eight penalties for Britain to win.  And she kept her cool to clear every fence on the 15-year-old mare Zoverla until the lightest of taps took out the last. 

It was still good enough – Britain claimed the top spot on four faults.  The Netherlands finished second on eight with Sweden in third on 12.  

Jordan Gann jumped the steadiest of the clears in the young rider 1.40m speed with the 13-year-old mare Lakeland Dancer to take third more than five sec off the pace.  Emily Ward came home on four to take fifth with Tilla Flamenco.

Lily Freeman-Attwood guided the nine-year-old Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeeck Z into third in the junior 1.35m speed 2.62 sec behind the winner.  Allana Clutterbuck jumped into 10th on Urlevent Du Bary and Jack Whitaker returned the steadiest of the clears to take 13th with Queen Elisabeth.

Amelie Gachoud jumped double clear in the children-on-horses 1.25m two-phase on The Precious One to take sixth 1.64 sec behind the pace.

Four faults in round one of the young riders 1.45m put Emily on Millioninmind and Leonie Aitkenhead’s Jimmy Mack Van Berkenbroeck into ninth and 13th.


Photo courtesy British Showjumping

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