The second day of competition at the European Championships for Ponies (Kaposvár, Hungary) produced mixed results for the British Charles Owen squad; but determined riding from Georgina Herrling (pictured) sees her maintain her gold medal position as the team move into silver.
The Pierre Le Goupil designed cross country course proved very influential and caused a big shake-up of the leaderboard as several combinations pick up faults from around the track. However, team rider and leader after the dressage, Georgina Herrling and SF Detoit put in a fantastic performance to come home clear inside the 5.23min optimum time to stay on their dressage score of 40.9 and hold their gold medal position.
The second rider out for the team saw mature and determined riding from Saffie Osborne who also came home well inside the time with no jumping penalties to move up to individual bronze - riding Lord and Lady Blyth’s Little Indian Feather, Saffie secured a two phase score of 42.8 penalties. Another clear jumping round came from individual rider Oliver Jackson and Joy Jackson’s Daydream Fourteen, collecting just four time faults, the duo move up to 18th place with a score of 58.1 penalties.
Anchor for the team, Saffron Cresswell, sadly picked up 20 faults from the cross country after a refusal at 12a along with 6.4 time faults which dropped her down to 23rd place on Cuffesgrange Little Ric. There were also problems for the team pathfinders, Connie Gill and Hotshots, after elimination at fence 15a sadly ended their Championship competition.
Further problems at fence 15a saw individual rider Molly Faulkner collecting 20 jumping penalties on John Thorton’s Sycamore Lad, adding to this six time faults, the combination complete the cross country phase on a score of 75.2 penalties in 25th place.
After today’s mixed fortunes on the cross country course the British team move down a place to now hold the silver medal position on 152.4 penalties, 19.8 behind France who move into gold and just 1.8 penalties ahead of Ireland in bronze on 154.2.
Article Source: British Eventing News
Image of Georgina Herrling and SF Detoit courtesy Helen Revington/British Eventing
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