Medals galore for British riders at The Mark Todd Collection AIEC-SRNC GB
The Mark Todd Collection AIEC Student Riding Nations Cup (SRNC) Great Britain, took place at Wellington Riding in Hampshire from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August 2014.
Great Britain’s student riders are celebrating after netting a host of medals at their home Student Riding Nations Cup (SRNC).
The team of three, made up of Hector Payne, Lottie Kennedy and Rory Newton-Dunn, took on riders from across the world at the three-day dressage and showjumping competition.
Photo Caption: (Left to right) Jayne Guy, Henry Womersley Smith, Rory Newton-Dunn, Lottie Kennedy, Hector Payne, Lauren Innes and Rose Alexander at prize giving.
Great Britain achieved excellent results, taking bronze overall and in the showjumping at the Mark Todd Collection AIEC-SRNC GB.
Individually, 21-year-old Birmingham University sport scholar Lottie took silver in the dressage and Rory bagged silver in the showjumping.
Second year sports and exercise science student Lottie has also competed for Great Britain at both Pony and Junior European Eventing Championships.
In the final round of the dressage, Lottie went head-to-head with Esteban Benítez from Spain where they both rode a set Prix St George level test and a Freestyle test to music.
Speaking about going into the final round she said: “To be honest I was so over the moon to have won the semis and qualified for the finals, I was probably still in a bit of a state of shock!
“During the final two tests I just tried to give it my all and enjoy every minute of it as it’s not every day (ever!) that you get to ride two amazing Grand Prix horses!
“The final round horses were amazing; they were a real treat to ride. I was so pleased to qualify for the dressage final and come away with individual silver and team bronze against a field of such great riders.
“I had such a fab weekend. The competition ran so smoothly and there was a great team spirit all throughout the event.”
Photo Caption: Lottie Kennedy riding her Freestyle test in the final round of the dressage.
Cardiff University student Rory made it through to the showjumping final, where fences were around 1.20m, and jumped against Spain’s Victoria Gargallo.
Rory, 22, praised the excellent facilities on offer at Wellington Riding.
He said: “It was a real honour to compete at Wellington Riding against some of the most talented young riders and on some beautiful horses that were so kindly lent for the competition.”
“Then to come third made the weekend one I will never forget. I am so privileged to be part of the amazing team that not only competed but put such a well organised and fun event together.
“It was a really amazing weekend and I can’t wait for the next!”
Team gold for the combined competition went to the Netherlands, who also picked up team gold in the dressage, with Spain taking top honours in the showjumping.
The individual combined competition was won by Esteban.
Great Britain National Representative Henry Womersley Smith said: “Myself, Lauren Innes and GB Student Riders are extremely proud to have hosted an SRNC in the UK.
“We were provided with some fantastic horses from both Wellington and local owners, which were matched with some impressive riders from 14 different nations as far afield as the US.
“I’d like to thank all the owners, judges, fellow organisers, riders and supporters for making what was an unforgettable three days.
“Thanks also go to The Mark Todd Collection, Baylis & Harding, Horse & Rider Magazine, Grove Wealth Management, Decathlon, Lycetts, a2b Medics, Robinsons, Site-Equip, Scats, JumpStands, Shearwater Insurance, Darlow Rosettes and Kate Negus Saddlery for their sponsorship and support.”
The competition was held at Wellington Riding in Hampshire from August 22-24 and there were a total of 45 competitors plus around 50 supporters.
The Organising Committee was made up of President Henry Womersley Smith, Treasurer Lauren Innes, Chairman Charlie Knapp, Rose Alexander and Jayne Guy.
Ireland’s Eric Smiley was the international judge for the competition.