Dani Evans & Raphael II

Dani Evans takes Bronze and KBIS Young Eventers finish fifth at European Championships

*Correction: the British Eventing August Newsletter stated that Dani Evans won individual Silver

The KBIS British Young Rider squad had a mixed few days at the 2012 FEI European Young Rider Championships in Malmö (Sweden, 9 – 12th of August). Dani Evans* and Raphael II produced an astounding performance to win a well-deserved bronze and the team finished in fifth place overall.

The Brits got off to a flying start in the dressage phase with five of the squad achieving personal bests to put the team into silver medal position behind Germany. The big cross country track designed by Rudiger Swartz proved to be very influential, though this time not in favour of the British team. David Doel, Dani Evans* and Isabel Djivanovic* put in strong performances but the remaining members of the squad unfortunately picked up penalties to put the team into fourth place going into the show jumping phase.

The final day proved to be another crucial day with mixed fortunes for the British team, they finished in fifth place overall behind Germany (Gold), Ireland (Silver), France (Bronze) and Italy (Fourth). Dani Evans put in a world class performance to bring home an individual Bronze, Pia MÜNKER of Germany won Gold and Eleonora BOSCHI of Italy Silver.

Chairman of the Young Rider Squad Alex Colquhoun said “It has been the most exciting of competitions from start to finish and the performance of Dani Evans in winning the Bronze individual medal was simply world class

We would all like to thank our hosts for putting on this fantastic competition and congratulate the German Team on their performances in wrestling away the crown which for many years now we have kept as our own”.

Team GB’s Olympic Eventing silver medal winners include three former Young Rider medalists: Zara Phillips (2002), Tina Cook (1989 and 1991) and William Fox-Pitt (1988-1990).

*Denotes Individual riders

Team Championship: GOLD – Germany 169.4: Louis M (Pia Münker) 49.7, Lardina (Jana Weyers) 51.5, Parlando 23 (Franca Lüdecke) 68.2, Havana Club (Maria Kraack) 79.9; SILVER – Ireland 193.8: TLB Interactive (Shane Power) 58.6, Kilbeg Cool Diamond (Katie Nolan) 58.7, Red Baron (David Hannigan) 76.5, Mr Beau Jangles (Jessica Driscoll) 1,000; BRONZE – France 205.3: Obelix de Mai (Arnaud Etienne Ducoin) 58.1, Lilyth du Loup (Camille Geiger) 68.9, Mitou du Mass (Margot Chabanne) 78.3, Matin de Neipo (Esteban Nedelec) 1,000.

Individual Championship: GOLD – Louis M (Pia Müncker-GER) 49.7; SILVER – Hotchkiss McManus (Eleonora Boschi-ITA) 50.0; BRONZE – Raphael II (Dani Evans-GBR) 51.2.

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Squad announced for KBIS British Young Rider squad

KBIS British Equestrian

Following a successful final trial at Aston Le Walls (10-13 July) British Eventing today announced the squad of six of horse and rider combinations for the KBIS sponsored British Young Rider Eventing team.

The squad will be defending team gold at the the annual FEI European Championship for eventers aged between 19 and 21 years old in  Malmö (SWE) from the 9 – 12th of August. The event runs at CCI2* level and will see future stars of the British Eventing stage battle it out to defend their Team gold medal title.

Britain have held the team gold title for seven consecutive years. In addition to team gold, Willa Newton was crowned individual silver at last year’s Europeans at Blair Castle, Perthshire.

This year’s British Olympic team includes three former Young Rider medalists: Zara Phillips (2002), Tina Cook (1989 and 1991) and William Fox-Pitt (1988-1990).

Chairman of the KBIS Young Rider selectors, Alex Colquhoun comments on the performance over the weekend at Aston Le Walls: “We are extremely grateful to the organisers of Aston Le Walls for again hosting the final Young Rider trial which allowed for a much needed final run prior to selection.”

“The squad consists of three members of the 2011 British Young Riders, Dani Evans, Tom McEwen and Gina Ruck. We welcome David Doel and Evie Paterson up from the Junior ranks.  Isabel Djivanovic will be making her European Championship debut following her impressive win at Tattersalls in the Young Rider CCI2*.”

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