Silver for GB at World Young Horse Championships
On the final day, Great Britain take the silver medal in the six year old class and fourth place in the seven year old class at the 2020 FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Young Horse Championships (Mondial du Lion, France).
Six-Year-Old Championship (CCI2*-L)
Heading into the final phase in the bronze medal position and going on to produce a clear show jumping round on Paul Ridgeon’s Cooley Rosalent, ensured Oliver Townend was heading home in the medals. Overnight silver medallist, Germany’s Ingrid Klimke (Cascamara), also jumped a clear round to hold her place and left leader, GB’s Tom McEwen, no room for error.
Riding Fred and Penny Barker’s MHS Brown Jack, Tom lowered two fences to drop from gold to sixth place and saw Oliver rise to take the silver medal.
Britain’s third combination in the six-year-old class, Kitty King on Adrian Sweet’s Monbeg Hendricks, added no jumping penalties and 0.8 time to finish in 28th place.
Seven-Year-Old Championship (CCI3*-L)
There was disappointment for Great Britain as top of the table for Britain, Laura Collett and Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy’s Moonlight Charmer, sadly didn’t pass the second horse inspection and weren’t able to complete today.
This left Alex Bragg and Debbie and Neill Nuttall’s Ardeo Premier, head of the ranks for GB. A clear round today moved Alex up from seventh after cross country to place just outside the medals in fourth.
Kristina Hall-Jackson with her own Igor B added eight jumping faults to their two phase score to complete in 14th place and Rhian Smith, riding Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and her own Irene Leva, picked up 16 jumping and 0.4 time penalties to place 25th. Polly Stockton and Susan Goodall’s Ballingowan Leia dropped two fences to add eight faults to their score and finished in 26th place.
Sophie Leube (GER) and Sweetwaters Ziethen TSF led from pilar to post to take the gold medal, while a rail for France’s Nicolas Touzaint (Diabolo Menthe) and clear round for Donatien Schauly Adj (Dgin Du Pestel Mili) saw them switch their overnight positions, leaving Nicolas in bronze and Donatien in silver.