Team and Individual silver medal for the Racesafe Junior squad

Sarah Carless…

The sun shone in France for the final day of the FEI Junior European Championships where the RacesafeJunior squad secured Great Britain the team silver medal with Heidi Coy moving up to also take the individual silver medal.

One the first day of dressage, the firt two team riders took to the dressage arena. First in was Elicia Miller on A Sunny Bay, with the combination posting a score of 40.5 penalties. Then came Sasha Hargreaves with Playtime who scored of 29.7 penalties.

– Longines FEI European Championships CH/J/YR – Fontainebleau 2018

The second day of dressage produced solid scores for the Junior squad with the team moving up to fourth place just two penalties off the medals.

First in the arena was individual rider Leilia Paske and Fernhill First Friend posting a score of 29.6 penalties. Georgia Bartlett and Spano de Nazca were third to go for the team and came away with a score of 33.3 penalties. The anchor for the British team, Heidi Coy and Royal Fury pulled out a strong performance posting a score of 28.3 penalties to lead the way for the GB riders in sixth place.

On cross country day, the team produced a show outstanding riding to move up into the bronze medal position with Heidi Coy’s performance pushing her into the bronze medal position.

Elicia Miller and A Sunny Bay did a fantastic job as trailblazers over the championship cross country course. Textbook riding from the first British competitor saw them home clear inside the time to stay on their score of 40.5 penalties. Next out for the team, Sasha Hargreaves had to work hard to pilot a feisty Playtime round the CCI1* track but did so to bring home another clean score for the British team finishing on her dressage of 28.7 penalties.

Leilia Paske and Fernhill First Friend picked up an unfortunate refusal resulting in 20 jumping penalties, also adding four-time penalties to finish the day on a score of 53.6.

Another clear round inside the time from the third team rider, Georgia Bartlett and Spano de Nazca meant they finished up the day on their dressage score of 33.3 and climbed into the top 20.

A beautiful round from team anchor, Heidi Coy and Royal Fury, made it four from four clear cross-country rounds inside the time for the Racesafe Junior team with Heidi moving up into individual bronze medal position.

In the team performances meant they moved up into the Bronze medal position behind Germany and France.

Four clear rounds from the team riders on the final day say Great Britain claim the team silver medal, after the home nation claimed the team gold whilst the overnight leaders, Germany, dropped to bronze.

In the individual competition Heidi Coy entered the arena in the bronze medal position with a score of 28.3 penalties; but Heidi kept her cool to jump a brilliant clear round on Royal Fury and put the pressure on France’s Anouk Canteloup in gold and Alina Dibowski of Germany in silver. The German rider lowered a pole to slip to seventh place lifting Britain’s Heidi to silver where she stayed after a clear round from the French rider who took the individual gold on a score of 25.9.

Sasha Hargreaves rode an impressive round on her rangy chestnut gelding Playtime to bring home another clear round for the team for a three phase score of 29.7 penalties to take a fifth place. Also sticking on their dressage score of 33.3 penalties and helping the team to their silver medal, Georgia Bartlett rode a beautiful clear round on her own Spano de Nazca to finish up their Championships in 11th place. Elicia Miller got them off to a great start with a polished clear round on A Sunny Bay; finishing on her dressage score of 40.5 penalties the pair placed 23rd individually.

First into the arena for Great Britain in this morning’s show jumping, individual Leilia Paske set the standard for the Racesafe squad with a foot perfect clear round on her own Fernhill First Friend to give the combination a three phase completion score of 53.6 penalties to finish in 39th place at her first Championships.

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