European Young Rider and Junior Championships underway

      Bubby Upton and Cola III at the British Young Rider Championships, Houghton Hall


The British NAF Young Rider team currently hold the gold medal position at the end of day one on a score of 51.5 penalties

Britain leads the FEI Young Rider European Championships in Fontainebleau, France after the first day of dressage thanks to two strong performances from team members Sam Ecroyd and Bubby Upton

Germany’s Emma Brüssau currently leads on 24.1 penalties but Sam Ecroyd riding the 14 year old gelding Kasseedorf moved into second place and got the British team off to a good start with a score of 25.70.

The second British team rider to compete on Friday was the past Junior European Champion, Bubby Upton, is close behind Sam on a score of 25.8 penalties for third place riding the eight year old gelding Cola III.

Britain also holds fourth and eighth places with the individual combinations Mollie Summerland and her own nine year old gelding Charly van Ter Heiden (27.4) and Lizzie Baugh kept up the sub-30 streak on her own 10 year old gelding Quarry Man (29.5)

While Britain hold the top spot team spot in the Young Rider Championships, Germany leads the team competition of the FEI Junior European Championships also being held this week in Fontainebleau. Germany has three riders in the top six after the first two team competitors from each country have completed their dressage with Anna Lena Schaaf riding Fairytale 39 leading on 24.6 and their second team rider Brandon Schäfer-Gehrau in fourth place (28.70) riding Fraeulein Frieda 10

France and Belgium currently hold silver and bronze team positions in the Junior Championships with Britain in sixth place




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