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Team NAF Juniors display potential in Roosendaal

last updated on August 15, 2017 17:00

Team NAF Juniors display potential in Roosendaal

It wasn’t to be their year, but Britain’s Team NAF Junior riders showed much promise and gained invaluable experience at the Junior European Championships in Roosendaal, the Netherlands (7 – 13 August 2017).

On the first day of team competition the trailblazer for Great Britain, Abbie Newbury (18), got the team off to a good start. She scored a creditable 67.02% with her partner of just 18 months, Disneyland (below right), an eight-year-old liver chestnut son of Diamond Hit who is co-owned by Tessa Thorne and Nicola Hand.

Next up was Emily Bradshaw (18) and Remarkable (Royal Diamond x Feiner Stern) - pictured top - who posted a solid score of 67.91%. Emily, who works at Van Olst Horses in the Netherlands, presented a fluent test with 19-year-old ‘Alfie’ who is owned by her mum, Sue Bradshaw, and was making his second European Championship appearance - he was on the Junior team in 2012 with his former rider, Jessica Knapton.

On day two of the team competition, the first rider to go for Great Britain was 14-year-old Maddy Whelan with Peta Claridge’s Monsieur Pomerol (pictured below right), an Oldenburg gelding by Riccione. Unfortunately Maddy and Monsieur Pomerol were eliminated due to irregular steps which was a massive blow, but reports from the team camp afterwards were that ‘Jammy’ was fine and given a good check over by team vet Rob Oulton. Maddy is no stranger to this level of competition having competed at the Pony European Championships last year when she placed ninth in both the Individual test and the Freestyle with the mare, Ode to Shannon.

With one man down, the pressure was on the final rider for Great Britain, Jade Ellery (18) with her 14-year-old German gelding, Porsche’s Eloy (Earl x Wendenburg). Jade and ‘Eddy’ (pictured below) scored an uncharacteristic 60.29% as the gorgeous chestnut showed some tension from the applause of the previous rider resulting in ‘some of his own moves!’ That aside, the Southern Spain-based pair showed some super work full of the quality that earned them exciting results in Wellington, Florida earlier this year.

The team competition belonged to Germany spearheaded by team newcomer Lia Welschof with Lius K (Locksley II x Prince Thatch xx), with the Netherlands in Silver position, Denmark in Bronze.

On to Saturday’s Individual contest, the first in for Great Britain was Abbie Newbury and Disneyland, aka Dink. They scored 64.65%, Dink reacting to the blustery conditions with some tension and a spook. Jade Ellery and Porsche’s Eloy gained a solid 66.52% with some costly mistakes, and Emily Bradshaw and Remarkable achieved a very respectable 65.81%.

The Individual test went to the German star combination of Welschof and Lius K, who posted a super 75.47%, but it was the host nation’s own rider, Daphne van Peperstraten with Greenpoint’s Cupido who impressed most to win Freestyle Gold, with 78.80%.

It may not have been a year of medals and glory for the British quartet, but they all reaped huge positives and grew as riders from the experience. They showed great character and team spirit, even when things were not going according to plan, qualities that will stand them in great stead for the future. 

Luck was not with Lily Payne, Britain’s sole Team NAF Children on Horses representative (pictured right). Sadly, 13-year-old Lily was forced to withdraw from the first day of competition when Beckhouse Cancara, Anna Savage’s lovely British-bred mare, suddenly went lame before her test. She was found to have twisted a shoe and although the farrier was on hand to attend to it, unfortunately time ran out for the pair to enter the arena. So Lily’s 2017 Europeans journey may have come to an abrupt end but she did British dressage proud, handling the situation with such grace and maturity which can only arm her well for the future.

Well done to all the riders and thanks must go to the whole team out in Roosendaal including team vet Robert Oulton, Chefs d’Equipe Cara Hayward and Nina Boex for keeping everything running so efficiently and Carl Hester for giving the riders his invaluable support. Huge thanks also to NAF for their sponsorship of the British team and to official supplier, LeMieux.

Junior Team Test
1st Lia Welschof with Linus K (GER), 74.83%
43rd Emily Bradshaw with Remarkable (GBR), 67.91%
56th Abbie Newbury with Disneyland (GBR), 67.02%
76th Jade Ellery with Porsche’s Eloy (GBR), 60.29%
Maddy Whelan with Monsieur Pomerol (GBR), Ret

Junior Team Result
1. Germany – 221.379
Lia Welschof with Lius K, 74.83%
Linda Erbe with Fierro, 72.83%
Rebecca Horstmann with Friend of Mine 2, 73.70%
Johanna Sieverding with Landy Danza, 71.08%

2. Netherlands – 214.459
Florence Siemer with Zidane, 70.10%
Thalia Rockz with Verdi de La Fazenda, 71.24%
Sem Stiemer with Waldemar, 70.35%
Daphne van Peperstraten with Greenpoint’s Cupido, 72.86%

3. Denmark – 213.621
Victoria Kuuisto Pedersen with Laangkjaergaard’s Donna Fetti, 70.64%
Karoline Rohmann with Noosa Melody, 71.37%
Sara van Deurs Petersen with Katholm’s Ronaldo, 68.83%
Camilla Andersen with Rafaella K, 71.59%

16. Great Britain
Maddy Whelan with Monsieur Pomerol, Eli
Emily Bradshaw with Remarkable, 67.91%
Abbie Newbury with Disneyland, 67.02%
Jade Ellery with Porsche’s Eloy, 60.29%

Junior Individual Test
1st Lia Welschof with Linus K (GBR), 75.47%
53rd Jade Ellery with Porsche’s Eloy (GBR), 66.52%
58th Emily Bradshaw with Remarkable (GBR), 65.81%
62nd Abbie Newbury with Disneyland (GBR), 64.65%

Junior Freestyle
1st Daphne van Peperstraten with Greenpoint’s Cupido (NED), 78.80%

Children Preliminary Competition B
1st Olga Arzhaeva with Ronaldinyo (RUS), 73.63%

Children Team Test
1st Sanne Buijs with Happy Feet (NED), 73.80%

Children Team Result
1. Netherlands – 215.467
Chiel van Bedaf with Bond’s Painting, 71.90%
Sanne van der Pols with Excellentie, 69.70%
Sanne Buijs with Happy Feet, 73.80%
Lara van Nek with Fariska, 69.76%

2.Russia – 211.566
Elizaveta Samoylenko with Schuermann’s Hit, 68.43%
Ekaterina Aristova with Shania, 67.53%
Taisia Rusakova with Terrano, 69.40%
Olga Arzhaeva with Ronaldinyo, 73.73%

3. France – 208.066
Mathilde Juglaret with Scarletto, 70.10%
Carla Marie Dufil with Ardante, 68.83%
Camille Calibet with Arrow K, 55.40%
Enora de Vienne with Verden d’Hanovre, 69.13%

Children Individual Test
1st Sanne Buijs with Happy Feet (NED), 76.75%

For full results click here.

Photo credit: Adam Fanthorpe