As the 2018 FEI Young Rider European Championships is drawing closer we are excited to announce the NAF Young Rider squad who will represent Great Britain in Fontainebleau, France, on 9th – 15th July.
In alphabetical order, the squad are:
Lizzie Baugh on her own 10 year old gelding Quarry Man
Sam Ecroyd on Adam Gillespie’s 14 year old gelding Kasseedorf
Yasmin Ingham on Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn’s eight year old gelding Rehy DJ
Alex Kennedy with John and Andrea Kennedy’s 13 year old gelding Lissangle Cavaletto B
Mollie Summerland and her own nine year old gelding Charly van Ter Heiden
Bubby Upton on Rachel Upton’s eight year old gelding Cola III
First reserve: Richard Coney and his own 10 year old gelding Kananaskis
Second reserve: Phoebe Locke on her own 10 year old gelding Union Fortunus
Three riders who represented GB last year on the European Young Rider squad return this year; Lizzie Baugh, Sam Ecroyd and Alex Kennedy, as Bubby Upton this year moves up to Young Riders following her individual gold medal at the Junior European Championships in 2017. Yasmin Ingham last made a team appearance in 2013 at the European Championships for Ponies where she secured a team and individual gold medal whilst 2018 for Mollie Summerland will mark her championship debut.
The British Young Rider 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 Young Rider Programme, which helps recognise combinations for the NAF Young Rider team heading for the European Championships, and those aiming for the NAF National Under 21 Championships – which took place at Houghton International on 24th – 27th May.