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Two youth championship squads selected

last updated on June 28, 2011 10:28

Two youth championship squads selected

The Junior and Young Rider Selection Committees would like to announce their squads for this year’s European Championships in Broholm, Denmark, 20 – 24 July.

The all-girl Junior Team is headed by Samantha Thurman-Baker who’s been in great form this spring. She has two horses listed with Spring Pascal getting the nod over Highcliffe Apollo. Emma Corbett makes her team debut with Somerford Premier League winner Furst Diamantino while Pippa Hutton, daughter of International trainer and rider Pammy, also earns her first British flag with Duela. Olivia Oakeley and Donna Summer make up the quartet and they’ll be hoping to use that experience learnt as part of last year’s team.

The Young Rider Selectors have elected to send two individuals to represent Great Britain. Chief Selector Judy Firmston-Williams commented “As Selectors, we are searching for the best talent who can perform on the international stage and be competitive in a Championship environment. Whilst we have seen some promising young rider combinations we feel they are not yet ready or on form at the right time for this year’s Championships. For this reason, we are sending only 2 individual combinations.”

Melissa Beer will travel to Denmark with her own Celestial King. The paring has been on three Junior teams but this will be their first Young Rider appearance. Sophie Wells is an experience International campaigner and with Jacqueline Walker’s Pinocchio, she claimed double individual gold at last year’s World Equestrian Games in the Para Equestrian Dressage for Grade IV riders.

Junior Team

Emma Corbett (18)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Furst Diamantino
Chestnut G 16.1hh 8yrs
s. Furst Heinrich. Owned by: Rider

Pippa Hutton (17)
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Chestnut M 16.1hh 9yrs
s. Dimaggio. Owned by: Phillip Woof

Olivia Oakeley (18)
Hedge End, Hampshire
Donna Summer
Chestnut G 16hh 10 yrs
s. Dimaggio. Owned by: Rider

Samantha Thurman-Baker (18)
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Spring Pascal
Bay G 16.1hh 10yrs
s. Pacall. Owned by: Rider
Reserve: Highcliffe Apollo
Bay G 16.2hh 9yrs
s. Dev Lenz. Owned by: Rider

Non-travelling reserves (in alphabetical order)

Jessica Knapton (16)
Hull, North Humberside
Brown G 16hh 13 yrs
s. Royal Diamond. Owned by: Rider

Olivia Towers (18)
Ledbury, Herefordshire
Flyaway Wish
Black G 16.3hh 13yrs
s. Weltmeyer. Owned by: Elizabeth Towers

Young Rider Squad

Melissa Beer (19)
Horsham, West Sussex
Celestial King
Chestnut G 16.2hh 18yrs
s. Balzflug. Owned by: Rider

Sophie Wells (21)
North Harby, Nottinghamshire
Chestnut G 16hh 14yrs
s. Landeur. Owned by: Jacqueline Walker

There will be a compulsory pre-European Team Camp for squad members and reserves on 5 – 7 July at High Meadows in West Sussex by kind permission of Michelle Cogger.