Lily Freeman-Attwood delivers Great Britain a Grand Prix win in Wierden
Saturday 02 June 2018
An incredibly hard fought jump off saw Lily Freeman-Attwood post a well deserved victory in the Pony Grand Prix in Wierden, The Netherlands earlier this afternoon at the Dutch Youngster Festival.
Aged 16 years and from Shrewsbury, Shropshire she was one of sixteen combinations that posted a first round clear in a class that saw forty-five starters come forward. With so many in the jump off, time was critical with many of the riders not holding back and taking the course on with a daring pace. It was Lily and Valmy de Treille, a 9 year-old bay mare owned by Emily Freeman Attword, that laid down a clear in a time that just couldn’t be matched by the nine others that also managed to post a second round clear.
Her time of 43.04 seconds was almost a full second faster than Ingemar Hammarstom’s (SWE) time of 43.89 seconds who took 2nd place. They were the only two combatinations that managed to finish faster than the 44 second mark with Lily Engelsman (NED) being the fastest of those to claim 3rd lace.
Fellow Brit Claudia Moore, aged 13 from Brentford also secured her place in the jump off as did Shaunie Greig, aged 15 from Dunfermline. Claudia who achieved another clear in the second round finished in 9th plac whilst Shaunie, who picked up 4 penalties finished 11th.
Children's Grand Prix
It wsa Atiya Bussey who finished the highest placed Brit in the Children's Grand Prix riding Louise Bussey's 12 year-old grey gelding Chestrfield Z. One of only four combinations to achieve a double clear from a field of almost forty-five riders she finished in 4th place with her time of 41.22 seconds behind the winner Lily Engelsman (NED) and Whipped Cream who stopped the clock clear in 35.90 seconds.
Junior Grand Prix
For Great Britain it was Sienna Charles with Elvera, a 9 year-old mare, and James Winter with Cosmo Boy, an 11 year-old gelding, that really put in some great performances to secure their places in the winning line up.
An incredibly strong field of fifty-one starters saw ten combinations post a clear in the first round. Only seven managed to achieve another clear, two of them being Sienna and James. It was Sienna that took the highest spot between the two finishing in 4th place with her time of 39.55 seconds. James, just a fraction of a second slower, took 6th with his time of 40.47 seconds. Mathias Hazebroek (BEL) took the win with Jurre a 9 year-old bay stallion.
For full results www.dutchyoungsterfestival.com