Monday 19th of August 2019
Eventing

Individual bronze medal for British NAF Young Rider at the FEI European Championships

The NAF Young Riders took on the influential final show jumping phase today in Fontainebleau, France, and fought their way back up the standings in the FEI Young Rider European Championships to leave with an individual bronze medal and three riders within the top ten.

Alex Kennedy individual bronze © Adam Fanthorpe

Alex Kennedy jumped a beautiful clear round on John and Andrea Kennedy’s Lissangle Cavaletto B to lead the Brits to an individual bronze medal; going into the arena in seventh place, last year’s silver medallist made light work of the tricky show jumping track not once looking like they were going to touch a pole to stay on their score of 32.5 penalties and climb the ranks to third place. France’s Victor Levecque  took gold on 26 penalties and Emma Brüssau silver on 31.3 for Germany.

Finishing just outside the medals, Yasmin Ingham completed on exactly the same score of 32.5 as her teammate but with a difference in collective marks from the dressage phase, Yasmin took fourth place with Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn’s Rehy DJ following another perfect clear round in today’s show jumping.

Mollie Summerland, who was lying in the individual silver medal position on her own Charly van Ter Heiden going in to the final phase sadly dropped two fences to add eight faults to their score for a total score of 37.0 putting them in ninth place overall. Fellow individual rider Lizzie Baugh had just one fence down on her own Quarry Man to give her a total score of 37.9 for a 13th place finish.

First to go for the British contingent earlier today, team rider Bubby Upton lowered one fence and picked up four time faults on Rachel Upton’s young horse Cola III. Their three phase score of 105.4 penalties gave them finishing place of 43rd.

It wasn’t to be for the team trailblazer, Sam Ecroyd, who unfortunately didn’t get past the Second Horse Inspection this morning with Adam Gillespie’s Kasseedorf.

Frustratingly in the team competition the British NAF Young Riders had to settle for fourth position on a total score of 170.4 penalties, France held on to their gold medal on 99, Italy the silver on 124.2 and Sweden bronze on 148.1.

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