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2012 FEI EUROPEAN PONY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 1 Report

 

First Part of Dressage Team Competition

 

Jumping Warm Up

 

Eventing Vet & Measurement Check

 
Dressage Report
 

All the dressage ponies and riders having passed the vet and measurement check, the order of going of the teams was drawn.  Although GBR were drawn as the third team to go, those teams drawn first and second only had 3 riders, hence, GB's first rider, Hariette Williams with Madam's Miss Maria (NWPCS; Woldhoeve's Silco x Wester Aikema's Norbert) was the first into the arena.  A few small errors, just kept their score down to 67.128%, but it was a good performance for such a young mare (she is only 7 years old).  At the end of the day, they were in 11th position (out of 26).

 

The next few competitors were from Belgium, France and Denmark all got scores close to Hariette's, then the Norwegian rider didn't have such a good ride.  Next in was the first of the Dutch riders, Lotte Meulendijks & Boticelli (DRP; Brillant x Colorado), and they were the first to break the 70% barrier, scoring 71.205% for 5th place at the end of the day.  The next nation expected to be challenging for a medal, Switzerland, got off to a poor start when their first combination, Sharon Höltschi & Pegasus B (DRP; Pan Tau x Golden Dancer), had two significant spooks and finished on a score 61.949%.  By contrast, next in the arena were Anna Christina Abbelen & Dornik's Donovan (DRP; Dornik B x Capri Moon) for Germany and they scored 73.616% and went into the lead (they ultimately finished the day in 2nd place)

 

Next in were the first competitors for Hungary & Austria, who score 58.128% and 63.846% respectively. Then it was the second pair for GB, Phoebe Peters & SL Lucci (Lukas x Bazar), and they rose to the occasion, with Phoebe producing a confident and accurate performance which was rewarded by the judges with 3 scores of 8 for her riding (and two 7.5s).  Pheobe's final score of 70.923% left her in 6th place at the end of the day, and ensured that Team GB remained a contender for a medal.

 

Other high scores followed, with the second Danish rider (Maria Christensen & Vegelins Goya (NWPCS; Verona's Bo-Gi x Leunsveld's Darling Boy)) gaining 71.846% and assisting her team to 3rd place overnight and the second Dutch rider (Rosalie Bos & Paso Double (NRPS; Bodo x Inselfurst)) scoring 73.385% which left her in 3rd place overnight.  The last rider of the day, Germany's Nadine Krause & Danilo 80 (DRP; Dornik B x Power Boy) then put in a strong performance to score 73.872% and become the overnight leaders. 

 

With German riders in 1st and 2nd overnight, the German team have taken the lead (73.872%), with the Dutch in 2nd (73.385) followed by Denmark (71.846%) then GB (70.923), Belgium (68.051%), France (67.436%), Switzerland (66.667%) and the remaining 6 teams (some of which have only had one rider compete so far).  Note that these team placings and scores are based only on the highest rider score today as only the best 3 scores count towards the final score (with the lowest score being discarded).  As all teams have their strongest riders to come, the second part of the competition may well see changes to the leader board, although Germany are in an excellent position from which to take the Gold medal.

 

Team GB riders, trainers, selectors and supporters

watching the last rider of the day

 

Hariette Williams & Madam's Miss Maria

 

Phoebe Peters & SL Lucci

Jumping Report

 

All the GBR Jumping ponies passed both the vet and measurement checks and along with all of the other nations' teams, they had a chance to ride and jump in the fantastic main arena.  All the riders went into the arena together and then each had time to jump a course.  All 5 of the British riders went clear, giving them a positive start to the competition before the First Individual Qualifying Competition on Thursday 19th.  The Team competition then follows on Friday.  There are more photos of the British ponies jumping today at the bottom of the page.

Millie Allen & Song Girl (breeding not recorded)

Eventing Report

 

As with the British Dressage and Jumping teams, all the GB Eventing ponies passed both the vet and measurement checks and will start in the Dressage phase.  The British team members are:

 

Louisia Nesbitt & Carrowmore Gemstone (breeding not recorded)

 

Charlotte Bacon & Three Wells Breeze (breeding not recorded)

 

Madeleine Taylor & Bandalera (Welsh PB; Ski Dancer x Corston Comet)

 

Janou Bleekman & Cregaan Scenic (breeding not recorded)

 

The British indiviual riders are:

 

Yasmin Ingham & Craig Mor Tom (breeding not recorded)

 

Annie Keir & Hotshots (breeding not recorded)

 

Louisa, Yasmin, Annie and Charlotte are all doing their dressage phase on Thursday 19th, with the last two riders the next day.  They will run across country in the same order.

 

Two of the beautifully presented and designed XC fences

More pictures of the GB Jumping Riders

 

 

Alex Chitty & Amilie Jr Z (Zang; Artos Z x Ewout VD Kleine Roost)

Beth Adams & Some like it Hot (breeding not recorded)

 

Amy Inglis & Nils d'Hurl'vent (Cheval de Selle; Quick Star x Boogie de la Gere)

Jessica Mendoza & Tixylix (Cavalier x Lauriston)

Photos by Philippa Cole

 

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