Brits name squad for European Pony Champs

Janou Bleekman and Cregaan Scenic
Janou Bleekman and Cregaan Scenic. ©Adam Fanthorpe

Britain has named its squad to represent the country at the FEI Pony European Championships in Fontainebleau, France, in mid-July. 

The squad was announced by Chairman of the Selectors of the Pony Team Sarah Hancox, following the Charles Owen British National Pony Championships at Brand Hall in Shropshire last weekend.

“This year’s Charles Owen Pony Squad is a great mix of established and also up-and-coming riders at this exciting young level,” Hancox said.

“Not only are there are few riders from recent year’s teams but also some of the four-legged stars are making a re-appearance with new riders. As always, we establish a fantastic team relationship alongside a serious competitive attitude to get the best possible results out at Fontainebleau.”

One of the combinations making a return appearance to the squad following a successful season is Janou Bleekman and Cregaan Scenic, who took the National Pony title at Brand Hall.

Bleekman said of her winning ride: “Scenic was amazing in all three phases, she really deserves the win after six years of Pony Trials with me and my sister Katie!”

Hancox said: “Janou capitalised on her experience and ability to produce two accurate tests, which set her up for the rest of the competition. Janou is now a very competent, able and confident rider, which reflects in her results.”

Maddie Taylor and Bandalera also represented Britain in 2011, whilst the individual silver medal winning ride of Sam Ecroyd, Three Wells Breeze, returns with new rider Charlotte Bacon. Hotshots was formerly campaigned as part of the 2010 British Pony squad with Sophie Howe.

The proposed squad and non-travelling reserves will now head to Barbury Castle International Horse Trials in Wiltshire, from June 28 to July 1 for a final trial before Fontainebleau to defend the team bronze and individual silver titles from the 2011 European Championships held at Jaskowo in Poland.


The 2012 British Pony Squad (in alphabetical order) is:

Rider Pony Owner Pony age/height/colour
Charlotte Bacon Three Wells Breeze Rider 12yrs 14h2Grey Mare
Janou Bleekman Cregaan Scenic

Team Bleekman

12yrs 14h1Piebald Mare
Yasmine Ingham Craig Mor Tom


11yrs14h2Chestnut Gelding 
Annie Keir Hotshots or Castleview Rakish Milly

Belinda Keir

12yrs14h0Chestnut Gelding/16yrs 14h2Chestnut Mare
Louisa Nesbitt Carrowmore Gemstone


15yrs 14h2Bay Gelding
Maddie Taylor Bandalera


17yrs 14h2 Chestnut Mare

The non-traveling reserves (in alphabetical order) are:


Rider Pony Owner Pony age/height/colour
Diana Bevan A Touch of Spice Rider 16yrs 14h1Dun Gelding
Laura Birley Ottava Rima Rider 9yrs 14h2Bay Gelding
Janou Bleekman Toberpatrick Larry Team Bleekman 11yrs 14h1Grey Gelding
Tilly Williams Wye Valley Fabristeard Mrs Katie Williams 10yrs 14h2Bay Gelding




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