Great Britain came away from the FEI European Championships for Ponies with an impressive medal haul of individual Gold, individual Silver and team Silver.
Georginal Herrling and SF Detroit lead from the start and in keeping calm under pressure secured individual Gold helping the team to the team Silver medal.
Impressive performances in the dressage arena saw the British Charles Owen squad out in front of the team competition and three riders inside the top five. Georginal Herrling and SF Detroit lead the way for the British squad to take the lead after the dressage on a score of 40.9 penalties.
Experienced team member Saffron Cresswell and Cuffessgrange Little Ric sat in fourth place (42.3) with fellow team rider Saffie Osborne, on Lord and Lady Blyth’s Little Indian Feather hot on their heels (42.8) in fifth place. The fourth team member, Connie Gill and Hotshots finished the day in 17th (48.8) with individual riders Molly Faulkner and Sycamore Lad and Oliver Jackson and Daydream Fourteen
scoring 49.2 and 54.1 for 20th and 28th place respectively.
The dressage performances put Great Britain in Gold medal position with a narrow led over France with Germany in third.
The Pierre Le Goupil designed cross country course proved very influential and caused a big shake-up of the leaderboard as several combinations pick up faults from around the track. Twenty-two of the 41 starters went clear with only ten combinations making the optimum time. Fence 15, a two element combination, proved to be an influential fence with the first three riders being eliminated here.
However, team rider and leader after the dressage, Georgina Herrling and SF Detoit put in a fantastic performance to come home clear inside the 5.23min optimum time to stay on their dressage score of 40.9 and hold onto their gold medal position.
Determined riding from Saffie Osborne meant she also came home well inside the time with no jumping penalties to move up to individual bronze with Little Indian Feather, whilst individual rider Oliver Jackson and Daydream Fourteen had no jumping penalties but incurred four time faults to finish the day in 18th place.
Saffron Cresswell picked up 20 faults from the cross country after a refusal at 12a along with 6.4 time faults which dropped her down to 23rd place on Cuffesgrange Little Ric. There were also problems for the team pathfinders, Connie Gill and Hotshots, after elimination at fence 15a sadly ended their Championship competition. Further problems at fence 15a saw individual rider Molly Faulkner collecting 20 jumping penalties on Sycamore Lad, adding to this six time faults, the combination complete the cross country phase on a score of 75.2 penalties in 25th place.
The mixed fortunes of the British team saw them slip down into the Silver medal position behind France with Ireland moving into the Bronze medal position.
Georgina Herrling had no room for error going into the show jumping, as just one fence down would see her drop from the top of the leaderboard. But a perfect clear round secured her individual Gold with SF Detroit.
Saffie Osborne went into the show jumping in Bronze medal position but a faultless show jumping round, and a fence down from second placed Liloi Lourde Rocheblave for France, meant she completed on her dressage score of 42.8 penalties to win the individual silver medal.
Saffron Cresswell put her day’s cross-country faults behind her and bought home another clear show jumping round for the British Charles Owen team, helping them to a brilliant silver medal. France took gold on 141.6 penalties, GB silver on 152.4 and Ireland took bronze with 170.2.
Individual rider, 15 year old Oliver Jackson and Daydream Fourteen, picked up 11 faults from the show jumping to finish his first Championship in 22nd place. Molly Faulkner also ended her competition on a high with a clear round on Sycamore Lad, finishing in 25th place.