The British Junior Showjumping Team won their respective FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth Final at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium on Sunday 9th September. Competing under the title sponsor banner of NAF, the team ensured that the Union flag was aloft after producing some fantastic rounds of jumping.
Nations Cup Final
Jodie Hall Mcateer, aged 18, from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire was the team pathfinder with Fantom, a nine-year-old British bred bay gelding owned by Mandy Hall. She was joined on the team by Matilda Lanni, aged 14, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire with Newbridges Master Brown, a 12-year-old bay gelding owned by Stacey Webb; Oliver Tuff, aged 15, from Totnes, Devon with Darino B, a 10-year-old bay gelding owned by Justin Tuff and Jack Whitaker, aged 16, from Whatton, Nottinghamshire with Queen Elisabeth, a nine-year-old bay mare owned by Molly Orstrom and Michael Whitaker.
Ben Clark, aged 16, from Southampton, Hampshire with Valentino, a 16-year-old grey gelding owned by Kim Clark was also in action as part of the squad and contested the first competition on Friday before proceeding as an individual.
Across the two days of team competition, each rider proved to be pivotal, with many returning home with clears in at least one of the rounds. Oliver Tuff bagged the only double clear for the Brits on Darino B with Jodie, Matilda and Jack all adding a clear round each to the overall score.
The highest placed Brit in the Junior Grand Prix was Jodie Hall Mcateer on Coquin de Coquerie Z. The pair produced a great jump off round to finish with a double clear in 40.57 seconds. The Grand Prix was won by home rider Alexander Housen on Esprit van de Wellington after he secured a double clear in 37.82 seconds. Second place went to Tom Schellekens (NED) on Camilly Z and they delivered their double clear in 40.54 seconds. Ben Clark and Valentino also found themselves inside the top ten with a double clear performance in 42.69 seconds.