British squad announced for 2012 FEI Pony Europeans

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British squad announced for 2012 FEI Pony Europeans
British squad announced for 2012 FEI Pony Europeans

Chairman of selectors of the pony team, Sarah Hancox has announced the squad of riders who will represent Britain at the FEI Pony Europeans in Fontainebleau (FRA) in mid-July.

The chosen riders are:

- Charlotte Bacon (Three Wells Breeze)

- Janou Bleekman (Cregaan Scenic)

- Yasmine Ingham (Craig Mor Tom)

- Annie Keir (Hotshots or Castleview Rakish Milly)

- Louisa Nesbitt (Carrowmore Gemstone)

- Maddie Taylor (Bandalera)

"This year's Charles Owen Pony Squad is a great mix of established and up-and-coming riders at this exciting young level," said Sarah. "Not only are there are few riders from recent year's teams ,but also some of the four-legged stars are making a re-appearance with new riders. As always, we establish a fantastic team relationship alongside a serious competitive attitude to get the best possible results out at Fontainebleau."

One of the combinations making a return appearance to the squad following a successful season is Janou Bleekman and Cregaan Scenic who took the National Pony title at Brand Hall.

"Scenic was amazing in all three phases, she really deserves the win after six years of pony trials with me and my sister Katie!" said Janou.

Maddie Taylor and Bandalera also represented Britain in 2011, while the individual silver medal winning ride of Sam Ecroyd, Three Wells Breeze, returns with new rider Charlotte Bacon. Hotshots was formerly campaigned as part of the 2010 British pony squad with Sophie Howe.

The non-traveling reserves are:

- Diana Bevan (A Touch of Spice)

- Laura Birley (Ottava Rima)

- Janou Bleekman (Toberpatrick Larry)

- Tilly Williams (Wye Valley Fabristeard)

The proposed squad and non-travelling reserves will now head to Barbury Castle International Horse Trials in Wiltshire 28 June – 1 July for a final trial.