Cross country day at Fontainebleau

      Heidi Coy and Royal Fury


It was a very good day for France on their home turf at the at the FEI Young Rider and Junior European Championships in Fontainebleau but Britain is still in reach of medals

The CCI2* cross country designed by Pierre Michelet caused a big shake up of the leader board in the FEI Young Rider European Championships, as several combinations picked up penalties throughout the course. The overnight leader, Germany’s Emma Brüssau, dropped to sixth place after adding 7.2 time penalties and France’s Victor Levecque riding the Selle Francaise gelding Phunambule des Auges posted one of just five double clear rounds to move into first place individually with a score of 26

A very good round from Britain’s Mollie Summerland riding as an individual on her own Charly van Ter Heiden moved them up to sit in second place overnight;  the individual combination came home clear with just 1.6 time penalties to give them a two phase score of 29.0 penalties

Immediately following Mollie out onto the cross country course, another individual rider for Britain, Lizzie Baugh also had a strong cross country round on her own Quarry Man, going clear to stop the clock with four time penalties and complete on a score of 33.9 putting them in 11th place

Sweden’s Sofia SJOBORG moved up from 15th after dressage with a double clear ride on board DHI Mighty Dwigh to be just 0.3 behind Mollie Summerland and Italy’s Pietro MAJOLINO was another to produce a double clear for fourth place individually

France now holds the gold medal winning position heading into the show jumping on 92.3, Germany silver on 95.3 and Italy bronze on 108.

The GB NAF Young Rider team has slipped down the team results into fourth place on 127.5

Sam Ecroyd was first out for the British team on Kasseedorf and was having a super round until the very final water complex where they picked up a frustrating 20 penalties at the arrow head in the water. Regrouping, Sam cleared the last few fences to cross the finish line with 20 jumping penalties and 15.2 time penalties to add to his dressage score giving him a total of 60.9 penalties for 32nd place.

Bubby Upton and Rachel Upton’s Cola III were second out on course for the team but the influential fence going from the grass arena to a track between the trade stands caught Cola by surprize and they picked up two refusals before jumping clear on the third attempt. They completed the rest of the course without trouble but with sixty jumping and 11.6 time penalties their individual placing dropped down to 49th place with a score of 97.4.

Third team rider, Yasmin Ingham, produced a great round on Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn's Rehy DJ, jumping a clear round and adding just 5.6 time penalties to their dressage score. On a total of 34.1 penalties the combination sits in 12th place at the end of the cross country phase.

Alex Kennedy, last out for the British team and last on course, enjoyed a brilliant clear round on John and Andrea Kennedy’s Lissangle Cavaletto B with just four time penalties to add to their dressage score of 28.5 penalties leaving them with a two phase result of 32.5 for sixth place individually.

Full individual results

Following the Second Horse Inspection at 9am (BST), show jumping gets underway from 3.30pm in the FEI Young Rider European Championships


FEI Junior European Championships

While the British Young Rider team has dropped down the leader board, the British Racesafe Junior squad had a reversal of fortunes to move the team up into the bronze medal position and Heidi Coy's performance pushed her up to sit in bronze individually.

France has once again moved into the top place individually with Anouk CANTELOUP riding Daniel del Impermeable moving from second place after dressage with a double clear round after the overnight leader Anna Lena SCHAAF picked up 20 penalties and Germany’s Alina DIBOWSKI also moved up one spot for second place individually

A beautiful round from the British team anchor, Heidi Coy and Royal Fury, made it four from four clear cross country rounds inside the time for the British Racesafe Junior team today, and sees Heidi move up and onto the final day in the individual bronze medal position on her competitive score of 28.3 penalties.

Elicia Miller and A Sunny Bay were the trailblazers for the Racesafe Junior team over the championship cross country course. Textbook riding from the first British competitor saw them home clear inside the time to stay on their score of 40.5 penalties and move up more than 20 places to 36th.

Sasha Hargreaves had to work hard to pilot a feisty Playtime round the CCI1* track but did so to bring home another clean score for the British team finishing on her dressage of 28.7 penalties, which puts the duo in 10th place individually. Another clear round inside the time from the third team rider, Georgia Bartlett and Spano de Nazca saw them finish up the day on their dressage score of 33.3 and climbed into the top 20 in 18th place in the individual standings.

Leilia Paske and Fernhill First Friend sadly picked up 20 jumping penalties and added 4 time penalties to their dressage score to slip them down the individual order and will head into the show jumping tomorrow in 44th place.

This means that Britain stay on their first phase score of 91.3 penalties and move up into the team bronze position with Germany leading on 84.1 and France in silver on 85.1 penalties.

Full individual results

Show jumping starts at 12.45pm (BST) in the Junior European Championships



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