It's Gold for Team GB Young Riders

The Askham Bryan British Young Riders won an incredible team Gold as well as Individual Gold and Silver at the 2015 FEI Young Rider Europeans at Strzegom in Poland. Individually, the highest placed rider was Will Furlong 20, riding his own Livingstone II, a 12 year old dark brown gelding by Lavall II. Will kept his cool and show jumped clear in order to retain his Gold medal position going into the final phase, making him the first GB male Young Rider to win Gold since 1993 when Terry Boon held the accolade. Will completed on an impressive score of 34.7, adding just two cross country time penalties to his dressage score.

Sophie Beaty, riding as an individual, also held her nerve going into the show jumping phase to retain her overnight Silver medal position. Sophie, 19, from Northamptonshire rode Stanly a 16 year old bay gelding owned by Alison Booth as well as Sophie. They completed on a score of 39.10 having also added just 2.8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score.

The Gold medal winning team consisted of Will Furlong, Ella Hitchman, Isabella Innes Ker and Emily King. The team were in Gold position from the start and completed on a score of 121.90 with Germany some distance behind taking team Silver on a score of 132.40. Ireland took team Bronze on a score of 150.80.

Ella Hitchman 19, from Gloucestershire rode an impressive clear cross country round inside the time and show jumped clear on her own Rocky Rockstar, a 12 year old grey gelding by Rockland to climb the ranks from her 12th place after dressage to finish in 4th place on a score of 45.2.

Bella Innes Ker 20, from Roxburghshire also jumped double clear to finish in 8th place on Carolyn, an 11 year old bay mare by Connery owned by the Duchess of Roxburgh. They completed on a score of 48.2.

Emily King 19, from Devon lowered three rails in the show jumping with Loxley, an 11 year old chestnut gelding owned by Michelle Clough and Zara Porter Hill to finish in 13th position on a score of 54.0

Katie Bleloch 19, from Warwickshire riding as an individual on her own Bulano,a  nine year old bay gelding by Colandro completed the amazing form that all our British combinations showed to finish in 15th position on a score 55.80 after show jumping clear.

Chairman of the Askham Bryan GB Young Rider Selection Committee, Alex Colquhoun commented; “We are all so incredibly proud of our riders and horses this week, everyone gelled so well and worked well together as a team. From the riders to the parents to the staff – everyone has contributed so much and we could not be more delighted with the result. We have been unlucky in the past so to lead from the start and have everything come together as it did is just fantastic”.


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