Second year of success in the Gatehouse 1* League 2017
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Saffie Osborne 2017 xc 25 Oct 17

Second year of success in the Gatehouse 1* League 2017

Saffie Osborne (pictured) adds to her successful 2017 by taking the Gatehouse 1* League on Lord and Lady Blyth’s 12 year old mare Little Indian Feather. Fifteen year old Saffie takes the league win ahead of Chelsea Pearce and Djakota EB and Bubby Upton with Rachel Upton’s Eros DHI in second and third place respectively.

Now in its second year, the Gatehouse 1* League gives riders who have never ridden at 3* level the chance to challenge for an impressive prize package through points amassed as a horse and rider combination at CIC and CCI1* events throughout the UK. Saffie, who claimed the individual silver medal from the 2017 FEI European Championships for Ponies, collected her 22 point total thanks to a third place at Withington Manor CICP1*, a win at the South of England CICP1* and from her British National Pony Champion title which was earnt at Brand Hall this June.

Despite a win at Aldon International, the final CIC1* of the season, Chelsea Pearce and her own nine year old gelding Djakota EB couldn’t quite catch the leader finishing on a total of 19 points ahead of 2017 Junior European Champions, Bubby Upton and Eros DHI in third place on 17 points.

Fourth place was shared by four riders and five horses with Saffie Osborne (Lucy Robinson’s Red Dandy), Saffron Cresswell (her own Quality Rose), Adam Harvey (his own Picasso V) and Harry Harding (Sam Ecroyd’s Goteus S and Penelope Ecroyd’s Georgie Girl) all finishing the season on 15 BE points won at 1* level.

Tracey Woods, Operations Director for parent company, Westgate EFI, commented: “Once again, the Gatehouse 1* League has delivered in terms of excitement and we congratulate all our worthy winners. With such a wealth of talent coming through the ranks, the future of British Eventing looks exceptionally bright.”

Thanks to league sponsors Gatehouse, the top five placings receive a share of a generous prize package worth over £5,000, which includes Gatehouse and Rodney Powell products and an invitation to a training day with a top international rider.

The full Gatehouse 1* League can be found HERE.