Young talent launches Pony Europeans

By: Horse Deals


Young talent launches Pony Europeans
Young talent launches Pony Europeans
Riders, coaches and officials from British Eventing, British Dressage, British Show Jumping and the British Horseball Association got together at Bishop Burton Collefe in East Yorkshire to showcase their skills before the FEI European Pony Championships, which will run between 28 July and 1 August.
College principal and competition president Jeanette Dawson welcomed the young athletes.
She said: "All of the athletes demonstrating their skills here today are definite contenders for squad selection for the European Pony Championships so we are honoured to welcome them to Bishop Burton.
"To be able to show riders of this level of ability, using the College’s facilities is fantastic."

Riders attending included 16-year-old Grimsby-based eventer Holly Woodhead, who was selected for both the dressage and pony teams at last year’s championships.
Holly is hoping to be selected again for the 2010 competition with her 11-year-old mare Ballymoney.

"I’m training really hard at home and I’m taking every opportunity to get myself fit and focused. It would mean the world to me to be selected because I really believe my pony deserves the chance."
A team of four dressage riders demonstrated their talent in the Bishop Burton Arena under the watchful eye of the pony dressage team chef d’equipe Liz Mills and selectors Paul Hayler and Sarah Pidgley.

Roxanne Shipley (15), Olivia Leak (14), Eliza Mason (15) and Megan Carpenter (15) were followed by Harry Hatton, Megan Chiarella and Christie Morgan who gave a horseball display.
Outside on the International Arena, show jumpers were put through their paces by squad trainer Alan Fazakerley, closely watched by incoming chief executive of British Show Jumping Iain Graham, and chairman of performance development Clare Whitaker.