It has been a fantastic weekend for our squad of younger riders, supported by The Howden Way sponsorship, who travelled to Millstreet in Ireland to represent Great Britain in a ‘friendly’ team competition. All three of our teams, competing across the categories of Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders, delivered superb performances to bring home the win in their respective classes.
The aim of the trip was to give younger riders the experience of an international team competition as part of their competition development; something that they will all certainly have benefitted from. They also had the opportunity to participate in pre-competition training Aston-Le-Walls prior to their departure for Ireland, which further enhanced their development and helped to build team spirit.
“We’ve had a great week of competition at Millstreet,” said Youth Performance Manager, Darrell Scaife. “It’s a first-class venue and it has been a valuable experience in the development of our young athletes.”
Ponies – CCIP2*-S
Our Pony team contesting the CCIP2*-S got off to a strong start, taking a lead of just under 8 marks after the dressage. They followed this up throughout the weekend with good performances in the jumping phases – sealing the team win with four superb cross country clears and just a few time faults for a couple of the riders.
All four of the riders were well-placed individually:
- 2nd – Florence Ashmore (aged 16 years from Oakham in Rutland) and Chadenn D’Aven
- 3rd – Charlotte Cooke (aged 16 years from Ingatestone in Essex) and Liscannor Tulira
- 9th – Freya Weekes (aged 15 years from Aldershot in Hampshire) and Leagaun Wild Boy
- 11th – Eliza Culloty (aged 16 years from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire) and Grantstown True Loves
Juniors – CCI2*-L
It was a commanding win for our Junior riders, with three British riders in the top 4 of the individual competition. Beatrice Montgomerie, Joshua Levett and Emily Callard all completed the competition on their dressage scores to finish in the top 4 and putting the team competition out of reach from the Irish riders.
- 2nd – Beatrice Montgomerie (aged 16 years from Tetbury in Gloucestershire) and Monbeg By Magic
- 3rd – Joshua Levett (aged 17 years from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire) and This Ones On You
- 4th – Emily Callard (aged 17 years from Andover in Hampshire) and Ballingowan Serenity
- 10th – Carys Thomas (aged 17 years from Aberystwyth in Sir Ceredigion) and Vantino
- 15th – Maddison Peries (aged 18 years from Wokingham in Berkshire) and Vivero DH Z
Young Riders – CCI3*-L
Our Young Rider team completed the success for Great Britain, taking their team title with just over one fence in hand. They had held an even more commanding lead, with Tarka Abraham and Vamoose comfortably leading the individual competition until they sadly had to withdraw ahead of the final day’s show jumping. Thankfully for the team all four riders had performed well and, even without Tarka’s score, they had done enough to take the win.
- 4th – Cerys Macaulay (aged 21 years from Cheadle in Cheshire) and Drumconnick Cavalier
- 5th – Lottie Walsh (aged 18 years from Lancaster in Lancashire) and Lakeshore
- 10th – Joshua Levett (aged 17 years from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire) and Diarana Dh Z
- WD – Tarka Abraham (aged 20 years from New Milton in Hampshire) and Vamoose
Full results from all the classes are available here.
The Howden Way programme was announced earlier this year as the result of a significant commitment and investment by David Howden. The programme will facilitate regional training available to all members via an academy structure which will launch towards the end of the season, in addition to a Talent Academy for both riders and young horses. For further information on The Howden Way visit here.
Further British success
There was even more to smile about for Charlotte Cooke who, alongside her Pony team win, also took victory in the CCI1*-Intro class with Midnight Dancer.
There was also plenty of success for the senior British riders who had travelled over to Ireland to contest classes at Milstreet – especially for Gemma Stevens. Gemma not only took a 1-2 in the CCI2*-S with Chilli King and Chilli Wednesday, but also a win in the CCI4*-S with Jalapeno and third with Flash Cooley. It was a British top 3 in the CCI4*-S, with Kirsty Chabert and Classic VI finishing second between Gemma’s two rides.
There were also top three finishes in the CCI4*-L for Britain’s Aaron Millar (2nd with KEC Deakon) and Georgia Bartlett (3rd with Spano de Nazca) – finishing off a fantastic week of competition across the Irish Sea.