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Charles Owen Congratulates the British Pony Eventing Squad on a Fabulous Season
The year started in June with the Charles Owen British National Pony Championships at Brand Hall in Shropshire where 16-year-old Yasmin Ingham roder her own Craig Mor Tom to win on their dressage mark of 38.8. This success was just the start of a great year for the pair as they earned a spot on the British Team for the FEI European Pony Eventing Championships.
At the end of July, Yasmin Ingham, Rose Nesbitt, Libby Seed, and Charlotte Bacon headed to Arezzo, Italy for the FEI European Pony Eventing Championships. The four girls were kitted out in navy Leather Look Ayr8 hats with red and white piping for dressage and show jumping and wore 4Star Skulls for the influential cross-country phase.
The Championships were hotly contested down to the very last phase. All four team members jumped double clear cross-country rounds, and heading into show jumping the Charles Owen British Pony Eventing Team sat in Bronze Medal position. The French Team was in the lead by only 1.7 points over the home team of Italy while the British Team were a mere 4 points from Gold. The British Team put the pressure on the leaders with all four girls jumping immaculate clear rounds once again. When both the French and Italian faulted, the British Squad was able to claim the Gold Medal.
In addition to the team taking home Team Gold, all of the British riders earned top 20 finishes. Yasmin Ingham earned Individual Gold with Craig Mor Tom, Rose Nesbitt riding Carrowmore Gemstone and Libby Seed riding Mr Vick were sixth and seventh, respectively, with very close scores of 49.0 and 49.2. The final member of the team, Charlotte Bacon, finished 11th with Three Wells Breeze. The two riders individual riders, Pumbaa Goess-Saurau with Killacoran Blue and Chelsea Pearce riding Catherston Nutsafe finished in 12th and 15th.
The 2013 season wrapped up at Weston Park with the Charles Owen CCNP2* serving as the Autumn Pony Trials. Charles Owen was on hand for the wet, but great weekend of competition. Irish rider, Shannon Nelson took top honours with Millridge Buachaill Bui, but the British weren't far behind as Chelsea Pearce took second with Catherston Nutsafe and Jamie Thomas rounded out the top three aboard Another Island.
Charles Owen congratulates all of the members of the British Pony Eventing Squad and looks forward to another fantastic year in 2014.
About the British Pony Programme sponsored by Charles Owen
Each year the Pony European Championships are held for riders between the year of their 12th and 16th Birthday riding ponies between 142cm and 148cm (14hh - 14.2hh). The Pony Programme is both a competition and training programme designed to produce a team that will represent Great Britain at the European Championships as well as to coach and develop riders for pony teams in the future.
British Eventing welcomes everyone who wishes to participate, however it must be noted that the competitions included in the Pony Programme are run at Novice level (3'7") with Intermediate level dressage and that riders and ponies should be competent to compete at this level of technicality.
Members who are not yet competing at Novice level above and would like to get involved can register and participate in all the training activities to better prepare them for pony trials.
Great Britain has a consistent track record at the Pony European level. In 2013 the Pony squad took team and individual gold at the FEI European Pony Championships in Arezzo, Italy.