March 22, 2019
FEI European Pony Championships 2018
Gold Medalists Eventing Team GBR Ellie Healy, Hattie Grace, Saffron Osborne, and Daisy Proctor, FEI Pony European Championships 2018 - Bishop Burton College (Photo FEI/Adam Fanthorpe)
By Louise Parkes
The FEI European Pony Championships 2018 offered competition in three disciplines at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, Great Britain. The competitions ran August 7-11, 2018 and tested young competitors aged 16 and under in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, showjumping, and cross country. Over the course of the five days, competitors from 16 nations from across Europe battled it out on an individual and team basis to secure a coveted medal.
The Opening Ceremony was held on Tuesday afternoon, August 7, with Dressage team competition beginning on Wednesday, August 8 and finishing on Thursday, August 9. Individual Show Jumping competition began on Wednesday afternoon, with team competition beginning on Friday, August 10. Meanwhile, individual Dressage competition also ran on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, with musical freestyle competition on Sunday August 12. Showjumping continued on Saturday, with Eventing cross country on Saturday afternoon. Awards ceremonies for the three disciplines were on Sunday, August 12.
Germany claimed all gold in Dressage, while Great Britain dominated Eventing and took the Jumping team title.
It was a story-book finish when Britain’s Saffron Osborne claimed Eventing Team and Individual gold medals with the extraordinary 13-year-old Little Indian Feather - a lucky pony who was given a second chance and never looked back.
In very poor condition when rescued from a pound as a two-year-old by the Hennessy family from Waterford in Ireland, the mare survived a near-fatal injury and then produced a surprise foal before beginning her Eventing career and eventually moving on across the Irish Sea. She took Team and Individual silver for Osborne at last summer’s Championships in Hungary, and this year the pair went one better when claiming double-gold.
In fifth place on a score of 28 after Dressage, they added nothing on cross-country day to move into the individual lead, and the 16-year-old daughter of trainer and former National Hunt jockey Jamie Osborne found herself with a fence in hand coming to the closing stages of Sunday’s final showjumping phase.
Find more information and complete results from the FEI European Pony Championships at: https://www.bishopburtonponyeuros2018.co.uk/
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