Posted on 12th July 2019

NAF Junior European Squad in second place after Dressage

The NAF Junior European squad furthered their European Championship campaign in Maarsbergen, Holland today with the team finishing the dressage in a fantastic second place, only 0.6 penalties behind leaders Germany but also a great 11.5 points away from Ireland in third.

Two GB riders took to the stage yesterday; first out for the team was Elicia Miller with her own A Sunny Bay, who scored 38.4. Team mate Leila Paske and the Paske Sydicate’s Billy McFee were second to go, producing a smart test of 29.0 to sit them in sixth place overall ahead of day 3.

This morning saw Saffie Osborne and Lord and Lady Blyth’s Lakantus perform a fantastic test of 24.8, landing them in second place individually after dressage. Alice Casburn, on Caroline Casburn’s Topspin II, had to endure the wettest of weather but held a smile throughout her test and scored 36.4 to take her into the next phase. Last to go was Georgia Bartlett, riding her own Spano de Nazca, who performed a very smart test resulting in another top ten score of 29.8, leaving her in seventh place going into the cross country tomorrow.  

View the full results HERE

The four riders that are running as the GB team are Georgia Bartlett, Elicia Miller, Saffie Osborne and Leilia Paske, with Alice Casburn riding individually. The cross-country phase starts tomorrow and the NAF Junior European Squad’s times are as follows:

Saturday 13th July (BST)

08.39   Elicia Miller with her own A Sunny Bay*

09:39   Leila Paske and the Paske Sydicate’s Billy McFee*

10:48   Saffie Osborne riding Lord and Lady Blyth’s Lakantus *

11:21   Alice Casburn on Caroline Casburn’s 17hh 11 year old gelding, Topspin II

11:48   Georgia Bartlett on her own Spano de Nazca *

For a list of full times click HERE.

Keep up to date with the livestream action on the Maarsbergen Horse Trials website HERE.

The British Junior squad are kindly sponsored by NAF; NAF is one of the UK’s largest and most established manufacturers of equine supplements; their products are used and highly respected by many event riders which is reflected in them also being the trusted Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams promoting Clean Sport as one of their key company values.

Through their sponsorship NAF are supporting the next generation of British team riders via the Junior Programme, which helps recognise combinations for the NAF Junior team heading for the European Championships, and those aiming for the NAF National Junior Championships – which took place at Rockingham on the 17th & 18th May 2019.

More information on the NAF Junior Programme can be found HERE.

* Denotes team rider