EQUESTRIAN: County duo serve up silver for Britain
1:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
WILTSHIRE riders David Doel and Holly Woodhead helped the Great Britain team win silver at the FEI European Young Rider Championships in France at the weekend.
Doel, who is based in Reybridge, was riding Richosea, at Haras du Pin while Woodhead, who is based with Tom McEwen at Badgerstown, near Marlborough, was on her own horse DHI Lupisson.
The dressage phase of the event was dominated by the riders from Germany, with Great Britain in the bronze medal position.
But a strong showing on cross country in difficult conditions, with heavy rain and gusting winds, saw two German rider eliminated due to falls.
The British team completed this phase with two clear rounds, and one rider with 20 penalties to move them into the silver medal position.
The show jumping was a tense affair with the Irish team just 10 points behind.
With three riders from each country to complete the British team held on for silver, France taking gold and Ireland in bronze medal position.
Woodhead was also sixth individually.
Mildenhall rider Jonelle Richards was sixth as Irish Olympian Aoife Clark held her nerve to win the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.
Richards, a 2012 Olympic team bronze medallist, with New Zealand, moved up from 15th after dressage with her clear cross-country round before having four faults in the showjumping section on Faerie Dianimo.
Husband Tim Price finished 13th on Ringwood Sky Boy, while former Blenheim winner Andrew Nicholson, based at Marlborough, a further four places back.
Clark clinched the title with a clear showjumping round, holding off American Clark Montgonery and France’s Jean Teulere.
Badgerstown-based Sir Mark Todd, on Leonidas II was third in the CIC three-star eight and nine year old class.
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