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).
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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