Team GB Win Bronze At FEI European Junior Eventing Championships

The final phase of this year’s FEI European Junior Eventing Championships in Bialy Bor (Poland) was another testing challenge for all, however some expertly ridden show jumping rounds ensured a bronze medal for the Racesafe British team, as well as fifth place for British  individual rider Alex Tordoff. 

Germany kept their lead to take individual gold and bronze as well as the team gold title whilst France who had been a close third yesterday finished with both individual and team silver medals. 

Chairman of the British Junior Selectors, Darrell Scaife said of the show jumping phase: “I am genuinely delighted to come home with a team bronze. Today was a challenging and technical test of skill, all our riders tried incredibly hard and rode well.

“Our highest placed Brit was individual Alex Tordoff who rode a very stylish round but had an unlucky pole, and the highest placed Team member, Alex Kennedy absolutely rode her socks off; she has been outstanding in every phase this week.

“There have been many highs and also some lows this week, but they all were all fantastic to work with and very supportive of one another. Sam Ecroyd despite his disappointment, [Sam was eliminated in the cross country phase after a fall] was wonderfully encouraging to everyone on the squad, rallying them along all day until the last round was jumped.

“Our riders fought from start to finish to ensure that Britain went home with a team medal this week, I am hugely proud for them all that their determination was rewarded.”

The six riders who were representing Britain on the Racesafe Squad team this week are named below in final place order (*denotes British team member).

 

  • 5th place: Alexander Tordoff 18, from Leicestershire with his own Emill, an 11 year old chestnut gelding by Unbelievable Darco.
  • 7th place: Alex Kennedy* 18, from Somerset with her own Chocolate Domino, an eight year old chestnut gelding by Diamant De Semilly.
  • 18th place: Charlotte Bacon* 17, from Oxfordshire with Sannanvalley Justice, a nine year old chestnut mare by True Justice who is owned by Miss Karen Huyton.
  • 33rd: Charlotte East* 17, from Somerset with her own Clear Dawn, an eight year old iron grey mare by Clearway.
  • 52nd: Ailsa Wates 17, from West Sussex with Woodlands Persuasion, a ten year old grey gelding by Cevin Z and owned by Mrs Pip Wates and Equine Aqua Training.

Sam Ecroyd* 18, from Flintshire who was on the team with Opera House, an eight year old bay gelding by Verdi (owned by Mrs Penelope Ecroyd) was unfortunately eliminated after a fall across country; both horse and rider were unharmed. 

 

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