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Team Fairfax Win Pony Nations Cup

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Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 04:24pm
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TEAM FAIRFAX WIN PONY NATIONS CUP IN HAGEN

For the third consecutive year, the Pony showjumpers representing Great Britain under the Team Fairfax banner have won the Pony Nations Cup competition in Hagen, Germany (Friday 13th June). The British Team relegated the German home team into second place, whilst the French riders finished in third.

In a busy day for Team Fairfax, the morning’s competition was the first of two Nations Cups taking place, with the Young Riders looking forward to competing later on that afternoon. 

Solid performances from all four Pony team riders in the first round saw Great Britain sitting in equal first place on a zero score with Germany. The British riders then continued to jump in style over the 1.30m track and in doing so; they took a convincing victory remaining on a zero fault score, with the German team finishing behind them on a total of 4 faults.

GB Performances
As he did in the Bonheiden Nations Cup earlier on this year, Harry Charles aged 14 from Alton Hampshire took the role of pathfinder with Aroldo, a 17 year-old grey gelding owned by his father Peter. In the first round the combination incurred an unlucky 4 faults, which was to become the drop score. Harry and Aroldo came back into the arena for the second round determined to secure a clear, which they duly achieved to give them a zero fault round.  

Next to go was 15 year-old Charlotte Ash from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear with her mother Shirley’s 10 year-old bay gelding Aughnashammer. Two stylish rounds from this combination saw a delighted Charlotte return home with a textbook double clear under her belt. 

Jared Lunn aged 15 from Hawkwell, Essex was the third rider to go and he was on board his father’s 11 year-old piebald mare Javas Alun. After producing a solid clear in the first round, Jared and Javas Alun were unfortunate to add 12 faults to their score in the second round. However with this second round result becoming the drop score, Great Britain were left in good position overall.

Team anchor rider Alex Gill, aged 16 from Northallerton, North Yorkshire with Lynn Barker’s 10 year-old dark bay gelding Ammanvalley Santino knew that he needed a clear in both rounds. With this being his primary focus, he made sure that neither he nor Ammanvalley Santino put a foot wrong, giving Great Britain another fantastic double clear and the win overall.

Pony Nations Cup - Final Results
1st Great Britain – 0 faults
2nd Germany – 4 faults
3rd France – 10 faults

Thursday 12th June saw both the Children on Horses and Junior Teams finish in fifth place in their respective Nations Cup competitions. The Children on Horses Team completed on a final score of 16 faults, whilst the Junior Team finished on 39 faults.   

For further information on the FEI CSIO Pony, Children, Junior and Young Rider Nations Cup Show in Hagen, Germany, please visit www.psi-events.de.

The British Showjumping youth teams are sponsored by Fairfax Saddles. Fairfax’s primary aim is to improve the performance of the competition horse. All the saddles and girths are developed using the most advanced technology and are tested extensively. All research and design work is carried out under the direction of Vanessa Fairfax, an ex-International showjumper and University qualified designer. The company is based in Walsall and manufactures all its own products.

The GB Showjumping Teams are strongly supported by the UK Sport Lottery funded BEF World Class Programme.

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