NAF Young Rider squad announced for European Championships
As the 2018 FEI Young Rider European Championships is drawing closer British Eventing has announced the NAF Young Rider squad who will represent Great Britain in Fontainebleau, France, on 9th – 15th July.
In alphabetical order, the squad are:
Lizzie Baugh on her own 10 year old gelding Quarry Man
Sam Ecroyd on Adam Gillespie’s 14 year old gelding Kasseedorf
Yasmin Ingham on Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn's eight year old gelding Rehy DJ
Alex Kennedy with John and Andrea Kennedy’s 13 year old gelding Lissangle Cavaletto B (pictured)
Mollie Summerland and her own nine year old gelding Charly van Ter Heiden
Bubby Upton on Rachel Upton’s eight year old gelding Cola III
First reserve: Richard Coney and his own 10 year old gelding Kananaskis
Second reserve: Phoebe Locke on her own 10 year old gelding Union Fortunus
Three riders who represented GB last year on the European Young Rider squad return this year; Lizzie Baugh, Sam Ecroyd and Alex Kennedy, as Bubby Upton this year moves up to Young Riders following her individual gold medal at the Junior European Championships in 2017. Yasmin Ingham last made a team appearance in 2013 at the European Championships for Ponies where she secured a team and individual gold medal, whilst 2018 for Mollie Summerland will mark her championship debut.
Rehy DJ is a horse that was sourced by Uptown Eventing two years ago and is realising the potential we saw in him.
The British Young Rider squad are kindly sponsored by NAF; NAF is one of the UK’s largest and most established manufacturers of equine supplements, their products are used and highly respected by many event riders which is reflected in them also being the trusted Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams promoting Clean Sport as one of their key company values.
Through their sponsorship NAF are supporting the next generation of British team riders via the Young Rider Programme, which helps recognise combinations for the NAF Young Rider team heading for the European Championships, and those aiming for the NAF National Under 21 Championships – which took place at Houghton International on 24th – 27th May.
Experience the Luhmuehlen 2018 CCI4 cross country course with this drone footage.
Some of the sport of eventing’s most famous names will be in action at Nunney International Horse Trials, which take place on June 15 – 17.
Entries are at capacity for the competition with nearly 900 horse and rider combinations in action over the three days. Add in the glorious setting of Southfield House near Frome and it looks set to be three un-missable days of top sporting action.
There is also the lure of an eclectic range of tradestands, located around the main showjumping arena, ranging from fine art to jewellery, and equestrian clothing to dog beds; and a popular eating corner, serving local food and beverages, that will satisfy every taste.
But with horses and riders central to the three days, spectators will have the chance to watch top riders in action. The event has attracted some notable names including William Fox-Pitt, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Tim Price, Alex Bragg, Tim Price, Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy and Tom McEwen. They are just a handful of the big names who will be in action. Also competing is Nunney Horse Trials committee member Sam Griffiths, the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials winner and Australian Olympian, who said: “It’s a beautifully run event in a stunning setting with well designed courses that flow really well. It’s a super day out for anyone with a love of horses.”
Cross country courses have been designed by Helen West who said: “They’ve been designed to encourage positive riding at all levels. I want the questions to be obvious to the horses, with nothing to trick them. Balance and correct training will be key elements across the board, as will the ability to react quickly. I am very much looking forward to seeing horse and rider combinations attack my tracks this year.”
The Duo-sponsored international CIC2* takes place on Sunday along with the intermediate, open intermediate and intermediate novice sections, and the novice regional final. On Friday BE100 and novice classes take place and on Saturday novice classes take centre stage.
Organiser Bridget Parker said: “We’ve had a super number of entries and we’re really looking forward to three fantastic days at this, the seventh running of Nunney International Horse Trials. The course is looking fantastic with a lush covering of grass and a good bit of rain in recent days. It really is a great opportunity to get out into the countryside, enjoy the fresh air and the horses.”
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday.
The cross country for the CIC2* and intermediate classes is scheduled for Sunday starting at 10am, but there is action over the fixed fences on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with showjumping in the main arena in front of the house over all three days too. Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more details.