GB's Team NAF Juniors finish 2nd in Wierden Nations Cup
Friday 01 June 2018
The British Junior Team, riding under the title sponsor of Team NAF, finished joint 2nd earlier this morning in their respective Nations Cup competition in Wierden, The Netherlands.
The Dutch Youngster Festival which started on the 30th May and culminates tomorrow 2nd June has seen some strong competition across all the days of showjumping so far. The Juniors, which were due to have jumped yesterday afternoon had to endure a postponement until this morning following a torrential downpour which saw the arena sitting under water for a good few hours. The decision was then made to postpone the Juniors until this morning to give the arena a few hours breathing space to allow for the water to drain; which it did amazingly well.
Sitting in equal 1st position after the first round with Belgium, on zero penalties, it was just one fence in the second round that saw Great Britain slip into 2nd place to finish 4 penalties behind them overall. Joining Great Britain on the 4 penalties was Ireland who had picked up these in the first round before delivering a zero penalty second round score. 5th place went to the Netherlands who accrued 6 penalties across both rounds.
The performances by the British riders were tremendous with all four riders delivering a clear in at least one of the rounds and two producing a clear in each.
Sienna Charles, aged 15, from Alton, Hampshire with Chaitanya 2, an 11 year-old grey mare owned by Peter Charles MBE took the role of pathfinder. Posting foot-perfect clears in each of the rounds she set the perfect standard for the rest of the team to follow.
James Winter, aged 18, from Chepstow, Gwent with Cosmo Boy, an 11 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Elizabeth Winter also posted a first round clear. Making his debut team performance, it was a notable performance and he was unlucky to not match this in his second round when he picked up four penalties.
Scarlett Charles, aged 17, from Alton, Hampshire with Damn Smooth, a 10 year-old grey gelding owned by Peter Charles MBE was the third rider to come forward of the team of four. An impressive clear in the first round within the time allowed saw her return home with a faultless performance. However a light touch of a pole in the second round finished up with them accruing an unfortunate 4 penalties.
Oliver Fletcher, aged 15, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire with Hello Disckoboy D.N., a 10 year old grey gelding owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris took his role as anchor rider with gravitas. Posting a remarkably stylish clear in the first round, his mirror performance in the second was the one that secured Great Britain their equal 2nd place on the podium. This comes less than two weeks after Oliver set the record of being the youngest person to ever win a 1.50m Area Trial which he did at the David Broome Centre in Monmouthshire.
Yesterday evening had seen the Young Rider Nations Cup take place after the arena had been given time to recover from the earlier flash flooding. It was a 6th place finish for them behind the Netherlands that took pole position on the podium following by Norway and Italy. The Children's team, which followed the Juniors this morning, finished in 5th place today on 12 penalties, just one fence behind Ireland, Spain and Belgium who finished on 8 penalties in joint 2nd and the winners The Netherlands who had a jump in hand.
The show continues through the day today with the four youth groups respective Grand Prix’s which take place today and tomorrow.
For full results from the show visit http://results.scgvisual.com/2018/dyf/index.html.
British Showjumping would like to thank NAF, title sponsors of the Senior Nations Cup Teams along with the Children, Junior and Young Rider teams.
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