The six combinations selected for the Askham Bryan Young Rider squad who will represent Great Britain at the upcoming FEI Young Rider European Championships, taking place from September 22 -25 2016 in Montelibretti, Italy have been announced.
Kate Bleloch, 20 from Warwickshire, on her own 10 year old gelding Bulano
Sam Ecroyd, 19 from Flintshire, riding the nine year old gelding Opera House, owned by Mrs Penelope Ecroyd
Will Furlong, 21 from East Sussex, with his own 13 year old gelding Livingstone II
Ella Hitchman, 20 from Gloucestershire, on her own 13 year old gelding Rocky Rockstar
Emily King, 20 from Devon, riding the eight year old gelding Dargun, owned by Mrs Jane Del Missier
India Wishart, 21 from Oxon, with her own 10 year old gelding The Masters Harry
Adam Gillespie, 21 from Northumberland, and his own 12 year old gelding Kasseedorf
Libby Seed, 19 from Wiltshire, on the 11 year old gelding Tullamore Dew II, owned by Mrs Louise Knock
Speaking about the selection, Chairman of Selectors Alex Colquhoun said: “We are delighted to announce the squad to defend our title from last year. This year we have had a difficult choice from a strong and experienced entry all of whom on the shortlist we would have been happy to have taken.
“We would like to thank our title sponsor Askham Bryan for their ongoing support together with UK Sport, The National Lottery and Equestrian Team GBR suppliers.”
The selected six, who include three members of the gold medal winning team from the 2015 Young Rider European Championships – Will Furlong, Ella Hitchman and Emily King, will be looking to defend their gold medal won in Poland last year and Furlong will also be hoping to again take home the individual gold as he did 12 months ago.
Funding and Support
The British Young Rider Programme and squad are generously supported by title sponsors Askham Bryan, you can read more about the Young Rider and British Eventing’s range of youth programmes for all levels on www.britisheventing.com/youtheventing
The British Young Rider, Junior, Pony European Championship teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.
British Eventing are also grateful to the Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) for their unerring support and fundraising efforts for the youth eventing teams.
The teams are also kindly supported by official Equestrian Team GBR suppliers; Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, Land Rover, NAF, NuuMed, Point Two Equine, Tagg Equestrian and Toggi.