Beating Germany by a single point, it was a win for Great Britain at the Dutch Youngster Festival in Wierden on the Sunday afternoon of 16th August 2020. Riding under the title sponsorship of Team NAF, who support all GB’s Nations Cup Teams, it was a jubilant squad of four that took their place on the winners podium having finished on a score of just 8 penalties.
Opening for the team was 15-year-old Hannah Barker with the 16-year-old Ammanvalley Santino owned by Lynn Barker. A touch at the first element of the combination, a vertical, saw them pick up 4 penalties in what was otherwise a faultless round. Their second round saw them come forward and put the first round behind them by posting a superb clear within the time allowed to return home with no further penalties accrued.
Megan Li was next to go for the Brits with her father Alex’s 17 year-old gelding Harry. It was the same fence, that required a turn back to it, that caught Megan along with a front pole of an oxer to see them collect 8 penalties. Their second round also saw 8 penalties accrued when it was the combination that caught them out again with the first and second elements lowered in what was otherwise a very good round.
For Elissa Herrmann, aged 14 from Winchester, with the 10 year-old dun gelding Lapislazuli owned by her mother Edwina, it has definitely been a debut Pony Nations Cup show to remember. Posting a double clear, one of only three delivered throughout the entire competition, she certainly made her presence felt at the show and her performance was instrumental in the team’s final placing.
Anchor rider, Claudia Moore, aged 15 from Brentwood in Essex also posted a stylish foot-perfect clear in the first round with Elando van de Roshoeve, a 16 year-old bay gelding owned by her mother Katrina.
Looking set to deliver another clear, it was the vertical on a turn towards the last line home, that caught them to see 4 penalties allocated when a top pole lowered. Their round was still enough to see them push ahead of Germany by one point who therefore had to settle for second place on their score of 9 penalties.
Third place went to the Netherlands who finished a fence behind Great Britain with Belgium taking 4th with a score of 17 penalties.