British Junior and Young Riders Team Announced

Mon, 07/14/2003 - 00:00
2003 European Junior and Young Riders Championships

Britain's final selection trial, "Go for Gold" has taken place at Addington Manor, England and team riders have been named. To be put forward for the selection trial riders have already had to prove themselves

in the competition arena both at compulsory shows and at shows abroad.

The Junior and Young Rider teams, to compete at Saumur, France will be assisted by Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke (herself the owner of Catherston Humbug and an international judge) and Mrs Caroline Griffith. Team trainer will be Mr Henk van Bergen and Team Vet will be Mr John McEwan. The trailblazer for the junior team will be Laura Bechtolsheimer and Placido who have lead junior competitions all season. All the other junior combinations are relatively new and inexperienced. However, they have been trained well and will strive forward with great confidence.

The young rider team is the strongest of the British teams, as all horses and riders have a wealth of international competition experience behind them. Charlotte Edmonds and Jodie Lister are making their last U21 European appearances. All the team members, both horses and riders, have been members of numerous teams before. Catherston Humbug and Argentille Gullit have both competed for Britain as Grand Prix horses with senior riders.

Junior Team

  • Laura Bechtolsheimer- Placido
  • Henry Boswell- D.H.I. Faederlite
  • Natalie Bushell - Castle Cosmos
  • Julie Swinburn- Torque O' The Devil 

Non-travelling Reserves: Laura Bechtolsheimer- Landvogt, Jessica Bennett- Atlantic Prospect

Young Riders

  • Charlotte Edmonds- Broomford Locarno 
  • Jacqueline Siu - Najac 
  • Gemma Green-Argentille Gullit
  • Jodie Lister- Catherston Humbug 

Non-travelling Reserves: Jodie Lister-Nicky, Maria Eilberg-Two Sox, Sally Goodwin-Davis

Maria Eilberg and Don Perry were selected for the young riders' team but the horse got lame just recently and Eilberg's position has been filled by Jacqueline Siu and Najac.

by Diane Williams
Image copyright: David Charles

Related Link
Eurodressage 2003 European JR/YR Championships Coverage