BD Abroad: 24 hours to remember in Le Mans

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 29 Apr 2022 18:26

The Pony, Junior and Young Rider riders representing Great Britain in Le Mans, France, have enjoyed a tremendous two days of competition in the CDIO Nations Cup, with all three teams securing a place on the podium. 

The Young Riders team was reduced to just three, so all scores counted, with Anna Dalrymple, Jessica McConkey and Sophie Taylor performing brilliantly in individual first, second and fourth place respectively to win the Nations Cup trophy for Great Britain, over five points clear of Germany in second place.  This followed the earlier success of our Pony team, who were runners up in the silver medal position, and our Junior team who finished third, also with a team of just three. 

Judy Harvey, International Director for British Dressage, was delighted with the results, commenting, “We now have a new regime in place after putting a lot of thought and effort into the development of our Under 21 teams. Our Performance Manager, Caroline Bell, has really risen to the challenge and we are starting to see the benefits of a co-ordinated approach, which gives the riders the confidence to go forward and produce great results.  Well done to them all!” 
Jason Brautigam, BD Chief Executive added: “This was a fantastic result for our Under 21 international team, who have been all been working hard in preparation for the European Championships this summer, including the Junior and Young Riders on home soil at Hartpury in July.  Proving Great Britain can be in medal contention in all age groups will give everyone a huge boost for the rest of the season, so congratulations to all involved on this well-deserved success. 
“Three members of the team have been part of our BD Youth Academy programmes too, with India Durman-Mills involved at National Academy level, while Lauren Geraghty and Demi Howard-Cartwright are both on the current cohort for our Foundation Academies, so it’s wonderful to see this investment in our young talent start to come to fruition.” 

All riders progress to the Individual test competition tomorrow with the goal of qualification to Sunday's Freestyle to Music finals.


CDIO-P Team competition

1. Germany - 221.714

2. Great Britain - 209.658

3. France - 204.943

CDIO-P Team test (individual standings)

1. Julie Sofie Schmitz-Heinen with Carleo Go, 75.17% (GER)

2. Clara Paschertz with Celebration WE, 74.65% (GER)

3. Mette Dahl with George Clooney B.S, 72.40% (GBR)

CDIO-J Team competition 

1. Germany - 216.182

2. France - 211.242

3. Great Britain - 208.696

CDIO-J Team test (individual standings)

1. Lana-Pinou Baumgürtel with Zinq Emma FH, 74.93% (GER)

2. Mathilde Juglaret with Caporal De Massa, 73.03 (FRA)

3. Vivien Borgmann with Especially, 71.39%

CDIO-Y Team competition

1. Great Britain - 210.970

2. Germany - 205.265

3. France - 201.824

CDIO-Y Team test (individual standings)

1. Anna Dalrymple with Vagabond De Massa, 71.02% (GBR)

2. Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 70.94% (GBR)

3. Theresa Friesdorf with Quotenkoenig 2, 70.17% (GER)

Pony Team – runners up 
Mette Dahl from Haywards Heath, West Sussex with Fiona Bigwood’s George Clooney BS (grey gelding, 2011, Caesar 171 x Santano, KWPN)
Sofia Games from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with Katie Oliver-Games’ Next Black Magic (black gelding, 2008, Nabucco R x FS Pour l’Amour, WESTF)
Lauren Geraghty from Derby, Derbyshire with her own WS Jackson (chestnut gelding, 2011, Chiskin Jaguar x His Highness, AES) 
Demi Howard-Cartwright from Ascot, Berkshire with her own Fin C WE (chestnut gelding, 2003, Famos x Eiger III)

Junior Team – third place 
India Durman-Mills from Leicester, Leicestershire with Verity Saul’s Escade (bay gelding, 2009, Jazz, KWPN)
Ruby Hughes from Southam, Warwickshire with Lucy Amy’s Extra Time P (dark bay gelding, 2009, Goodtimes, AES)
Sophie Wallace from Stroud, Gloucestershire with Laura Tomlinson and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rosalie B (black mare, 2006, Rubin Royal x Newcastle. WESTF)

Young Rider Team – Nations Cup winners 
Anna Dalrymple from Horsham, West Sussex with Maxine Vainio’s Vagabond de Massa (bay gelding, 2009, Reito x Xaquiro, LUSIT) 
Jessica McConkey from Watlington, Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga (bay mare, 2009, Quaterback x Solos Landwind, DWB)
Sophie Taylor from Rugby, Warwickshire with her own Jerrydale (bay gelding, 2014, Everdale, KWPN)


Photo © Les Garennes