Becky, Willa & Gina, our local British Young Riders compete in European Championships on home turf

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16th August 2011

Following a squad training camp at Addington Manor over the weekend, twelve British riders aged between 19 and 21 will this week contest the 2011 Young Rider European Championships at Blair Castle (Perthshire, 18 – 21 August 2011).

See photos and biogs from this year’s squad in our free downloadable booklet http://bit.ly/ooouhP, and view the full list of British Young rider European Championship achievements since 1981 on our website by following this link http://bit.ly/ewgRlL

Chairman of the Young Rider squad, Alex Colquhoun says: “Being part of the building blocks of developing riders of the future is fantastic: we have seen riders such as William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips, Piggy French and Tina Cook go from successful young riders to senior team medallists.”

The squad of twelve in alphabetical order is:
Giles Blanchard from Oxfordshire riding his own horse Jeopardy
Rebecca Crosbie-Starling from Lincolnshire riding her own Clifton Clicquot
Laura Cocking from Conwy riding her own Arkendale
Harry Dzenis from Surrey riding his own Rockin Robin
Mary Edmundson from Suffolk riding Mrs Debbie Edmundson and Mrs Jenny Ellins’ Sonny Early
Dani Evans from Bristol riding Mrs Heather Sheppard’s Uchin
Sophie Jenman from Kent riding her own Geronimo
Sam Lees from Essex riding his own Heads Your Gray
Tom McEwen from Wiltshire riding Miss Leela L Patel & Mr David Hamilton’s Private Rudolf
Willa Newton from Leicestershire riding her father Mr Joey Newton’s Neelix
Wills Oakden from Fife riding Mrs Cindy Onslow’s Button Clover
Gina Ruck from Lincolnshire riding her own Viper Priba

The team of four will be announced on Wednesday following the initial veterinary inspection.

The Young Rider squad is for riders aged between their 19th and 21st birthdays riding horses at two star level and above.

Whilst the European championships will represent the peak of competition for the chosen squad, it is hoped that everyone else will aim for the National Under 21 Championships held at Weston Park in October.

In addition to supporting Equestrian Team GBR, the World Class Programme also makes a sizeable donation to British Eventing each year to help the Under 21 Teams prepare for the Championships and deliver medals at the Championships.

To read more about British Eventing’s Youth programmes head to www.britisheventing.com/youtheventing

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