Great Britain takes the lead after the first round of the Young Riders’ team final
Presented by Roelofsen Horse Trucks, the 1.50m class for the Young Riders had 86 horse-and-rider combinations at start. After Tuesday’s first round, Ireland’s Jason Foley started today’s competition on a score of zero, followed by Great Britain’s Lily Attwood on 0.75 in second, France’s Jules Orsolini and Antoine Ermann on 1.61 and 1.83 in third and fourth, while Belgium’s Thibeau Spits was on a score of 1.9 in fifth. However, out of the five, only Spits delivered a clear round over Thursday’ 1.50m track set by Spain’s very own Santiago Varela – and the top five on the individual rankings got a proper shake up.
In total, only six pairs jumped clear in this second individual competition for the Young Riders, which was also the first round of the team final: Thibeau Spits on Classic Touch DH, Great Britain’s Lila Brember on Memphis vd Vaart (Elvis ter Putte x Up Chiqui), Grace Debney on Boheme de La Roque (Kannan x Quick Star) and Oliver Fletcher on Hello William (Waldo Van Dungen x Stakkato), as well as Germany’s Henrike Ostermann on Air Force One 19 (Arpeggio x Conterno Grande) and Hannes Ahlmann on Baloucan (Baloubet du Rouet x Cancara) – who all found the answers to each question asked by the course designer.
On the team standings, Great Britain climbed up on the leader board today after strong performances, while Ireland fell down. After the first round of the team final for the Young Riders, Great Britain leads the way on a score of 6.84, followed by Belgium on 14.08 in second, Germany on 16.17 in third, Ireland on 21.96 in fourth and France on 23.47 in fifth.
Individually, Thibeau Spits has taken over the lead on a score of 1.9, followed by Grace Debney on 2.75 in second, Henrike Ostermann on 2.81 in third, Oliver Fletcher on 3.34 in fourth and Hannes Ahlmann on 3.61 in fifth.
The FEI Jumping European Championship for Young Riders, Juniors and Children 2022 in Oliva Nova, Spain, continues on Friday with the team final for the Young Riders, as well as the second individual qualifier – which is also the first round of the team final – in the Children’s category.
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Photo © Hervé Bonnaud / www.1clicphoto.com – Oliver Fletcher and Hello William have helped Great Britain take the lead ahead of Friday’s team final for Young Riders.