Nations Cup Final
Jodie Hall Mcateer, aged 18, from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire was the team pathfinder today with Fantom, a 9 year-old British bred bay gelding owned by Mandy Hall. She was joined on the team by Matilda Lanni, aged 14, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire with Newbridges Master Brown, a 12 year-old bay gelding owned by Stacey Webb; Oliver Tuff, aged 15, from Totnes, Devon with Darino B, a 10 year-old bay gelding owned by Justin Tuff and Jack Whitaker, aged 16, from Whatton, Nottinghamshire with Queen Elisabeth, a 9 year-old bay mare owned by Molly Orstrom and Michael Whitaker.
Ben Clark, aged 16, from Southampton, Hampshire with Valentino, a 16 year-old grey gelding owned by Kim Clark was also in action as part of the squad and contested the first competition on Friday before proceeding as an individual.
Across the two days of team competition, each rider proved to be pivotal, with many returning home with clears in at least one of the rounds. Oliver Tuff bagged the only double clear for the Brits on Darino B with Jodie, Matilda and Jack all adding a clear round each to the overall score.
The highest placed Brit in the Junior Grand Prix was Jodie Hall Mcateer on Coquin de Coquerie Z. The pair produced a great jump off round to finish with a double clear in 40.57 seconds. The Grand Prix was won by home rider Alexander Housen on Esprit van de Wellington after he secured a double clear in 37.82 seconds. Second place went to Tom Schellekens (NED) on Camilly Z and they delivered their double clear in 40.54 seconds. Ben Clark and Valentino also found themselves inside the top ten with a double clear perfomance in 42.69 seconds.
The Team NAF Children were also in action today and they finished fifth in their Final. The team of four consisted of Megan Li, aged 14, from Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire with Eclips Van Erpekom, a 14 year-old black gelding owned by Alex Li; Iwan Carpenter, aged 14, from Holywell, Clwyd with Merllyns Chocca Nova, a 7 year-old bay stallion owned by Amanda Carpenter; Isabel Saywell, aged 14, from Newark, Nottinghamshire with Upperclass II, a 17 year-old brown gelding owned by Elisabeth Whitaker and Atiya Bussey, aged 13, from Norwich, Norfolk with Chesterfield Z, a 12 year-old grey gelding owned by Louise Bussey. Representing Great Britain as an individual was Charlotte Bowman, aged 13, from Swansea, West Glamorgan with Elido Esprit, a 9 year-old black mare owned by Mandy Bowman.
Atiya and Chesterfield Z were the highest placed British combination in the Children’s Grand Prix, finishing in 7th with a double clear in 36.43 seconds.