Holly Truelove claimed the individual silver medal in a tense jump-off to conclude the Pony European championships in Poland with the handsome stallion Rexter D’Or – a member of the British team silver medallists 48 hours earlier.
Thirty-one competitors contended the individual final and Holly came forward as one of only four riders with a zero score after the first three rounds. And only one rider remained clear following the two rounds of the individual.
Max Wachman was worth his weight in gold as the anchor team member for Ireland produced a fabulous clear under pressure to earn his country the team gold medal. And he maintained his superlative form with Cuffesgrange Cavalidam with a zero score to land individual gold.
Holly, 16, and the 14-year-old Rexter made just one mistake in the entire competition with a foot in the water in the first round of the individual over a tricky course which saw faults everywhere. But with a foot-perfect clear in round two, they were guaranteed a medal – although a tense jump-off would decide either silver or gold.
Holly was first to come forward and she belied any pressure with another super clear. It piled the pressure on her opponent Ilona Mezzadri, and despite a supreme effort, the French rider came home on eight with Callas Rezidal Z to settle for bronze.
“We were unlucky at the water in round one and it was such an amazing feeling when we jumped clear in the second round,” said Holly, who planned her strategy for the jump-off. “I knew I didn’t have much to lose so I planned to jump as fast as I could whilst being careful over the fences and it paid off! Rexter has been amazing all week and we’ll definitely be celebrating.”
“Holly rode the round of her life today, she was quite exceptional and her place on the podium couldn’t be more deserved,” said chef D’Equipe Clare Whitaker.
All five Brits contended the individual and finished in the top 20 with Claudia Moore finishing sixth on a score of eight with her 2018 bronze individual medallist Elando Van De Roshoeve. Lila Bremner posted a total of 20 on Lapislazuli for 16th, Shaunie Greig and Casino Royale finished on 21 for 18th and Hannah Barker was 19th on 22 with Ammanvalley Santino.
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