British young riders eye 8th eventing champs gold

Tom McEwen and LA Lux at Highclere Castle last year.
Tom McEwen and LA Lux at Highclere Castle last year. © Al Crook

British Eventing has named a six-strong Young Rider squad to defend its team gold medal title at the European Championships in Sweden next month.

The announcement follows a successful final trial at Aston Le Walls (July 10 to 13).

Britain has held the team gold title for seven consecutive years. In addition to team gold, Willa Newton was crowned individual silver at last year’s Europeans at Blair Castle, Perthshire.

The annual FEI European Championship for eventers aged between 19 and 21 years old takes place in  Malmö (Sweden) from August 9 to 12. The event runs at CCI2* level and will see future stars of the British Eventing stage battle it out to defend their Team gold medal title.

This year’s British Olympic team includes three former Young Rider medalists: Zara Phillips (2002), Tina Cook (1989 and 1991) and William Fox-Pitt (1988-1990).

Chairman of the KBIS Young Rider selectors, Alex Colquhoun said: “We are extremely grateful to the organisers of Aston Le Walls for again hosting the final Young Rider trial which allowed for a much needed final run prior to selection.”

The squad consists of three members of the 2011 British Young Riders, Dani Evans, Tom McEwen and Gina Ruck. Welcomed to the squad is David Doel and Evie Paterson up from the Junior ranks, and  Isobel Djivanovic will be making her European Championship debut following her impressive win at Tattersalls in the Young Rider CCI2*.

Eliza Stoddart is named as first reserve with her mother Mrs Georgina Stoddart’s Strike a Pose.

The Young Rider Selection committee reserves the right to add or amend the long list at any time.


Rider details Horse Owner Horse age/height/colour
David Doel, 19 from Wiltshire Kings Cross Mr David & Mrs Maggie Doel & Rider 16/16.1/chestnut
Isobel Djivanovic, 21 from Wiltshire Billy Buzz Mrs Celia Djivanovic & Rider 8/16.1/bay
Dani Evans, 20 from Bristol Raphael II Mrs Vanessa Watson 9/17.1/bay
Tom McEwen, 21 from Wiltshire DHI Lupison Mr Ian Woodhead 8/16.1/chestnut
Evie Paterson, 20 from Shropshire Direct Supreme Rider 10/16.1/bay
Gina Ruck, 19 from Lincolnshire Viper Priba Rider 10/16.1/dark bay


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