Francesca ‘Franky’ Reid-Warrilow has won individual gold at the CIC2* European Championships in The Netherlands.
'Franky', who won the inaugural Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) scholarship in 2013, also helped her British Riding Clubs CIC2* squad to team silver behind Germany at the event, the European Championship of Rural Riders, in Helvoit last weekend.
Reid-Warrilow rode her own 12-year-old mare Dolley Whisper at the event, finishing on their dressage score of 40.4. The 25-year-old is a member of the Vale of Arrow Riding Club in Powys.
The competition is an opportunity for some of Europe’s best amateur riders to compete at an international championship. Some 224 from throughout Europe started in the CIC1* and CIC2* classes. The first test is the team dressage in which all six riders perform together. This is followed by individual tests in dressage, cross-country and showjumping. The British Team is selected from members of British Riding Clubs – the UK’s largest organisation for amateur riders.
The Mark Todd Bridging the Gap scholarship gives those Members who are training towards top level eventing competition a chance to represent the scholarship sponsors (Keyflow and the Mark Todd Collection) as a brand ambassador, receiving prizes, as well as access to top training.
Joining Franky in the top ten for the GB squad was Tyler Cassells, 26, from East Cheshire Combined Training Group who took fourth place with Grandslam on 51.7, while Zoe Wilkinson, 25, from West Oxfordshire RC, finished in sixth place with her own GHS Calvaruise on 78.8.
Wilkinson is also a Bridging the Gap scholarship winner, having been selected as the recipient in 2014.
Also representing Britain was Stephanie O’Neil from Strathearn RC with her own Millridge Aurora’s Diamond (22nd), Anthony Clark from Cambridge RC with Crambamboli (23rd), Danielle Dunn from the Vale of the White Horse RC with Lockyer’s Zocarla BLH (30th).
Eliminated across country were Sarah Holmes from the Isle Of Wight Riding Club with Lowhill Clover and also Emily Prangnell from Kettlethorpe RC with DHI Beaunesse.
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