British Eventing proud of members’ Olympic medals

Vittoria Panizzon and Borough Pennyz.
Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon rode the British bred mare Borough Pennyz to 11th place in the Olympic eventing competition. © Steph Freeman

Ten members of British Eventing won medals in the three-day-event competition this week at the London 2012 Olympic Games, making the organisation “extremely proud”.

While Britain won team silver at Greenwich, all of the bronze-medal winning New Zealand team are also BE members and based in Great Britain – arguably the home of the sport.

The Kiwis team are all BE Members: Mark Todd (56, Thatcham, Berkshire), Andrew Nicholson (51, based in Marlborough, Wiltshire), Caroline Powell (39, Kelso from the Scottish borders), Jonathan ‘Jock’ Paget (28, based in Dunsfold, Surrey) and Jonelle Richards (31, Marlborough, Wiltshire).

The top 20 individual placings after the second round of show jumping were also dominated by international competitors based around the UK as well as several British team members:

  • 4th – NZ Andrew Nicholson riding Nereo
  • 5th –  GB Mary King  (51, from Salcombe Regis, Devon) riding Imperial Cavalier
  • 6th – GB Tina Cook (41,  from Worthing, West Sussex) riding Miners Frolic
  • 8th – GB Zara Phillips (31 from Stroud, Gloucestershire) riding High Kingdom
  • 10th – NZ Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise
  • 11th – ITA Vittoria Panizzon (28, based Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire) riding Borough Pennyz
  • 12th – NZ Mark Todd (56, based Thatcham, Berkshire) riding Campino
  • 13th – AUS Andrew Hoy (53, based near Badbury, Wiltshire) riding Rutherglen
  • 16th – AUS Christopher Burton (56, based near Thatcham, Berkshire) riding HP Leilani
  • 20th – SWE Ludwig Svennerstal (21, based near Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

“We are of course extremely proud of the British team silver title but also incredibly pleased to acknowledge the success of so many of our international Members at  our home Olympics,” said British Eventing Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith.

British breeding was also to the fore as the 2010 seven year old champion at the British Eventing Lycetts Young Horse Championships, Borough Pennyz, finished 11th individually for Vittoria Panizzon. They were the highest placed Italian combination in the competition.

The striking grey nine year old mare is by Cevin Z out of a Dutch Gold mare (Sovereign Flight). She is registered with the Anglo-European stud book and bred by Mr and Mrs Bullen of Hook in Hampshire.

This mare, in company of many more experienced horses moved up from 17th place in the first showjumping phase to finish in 11th in the individual round. Gloucestershire-based Vittoria said: “Thank you Pennyz; thank you everyone … Very nearly finished on our dressage score and with 3 clears! She hadn’t even started work when we were in Beijing, what more can I say!”

Future stars of the international Eventing stage will be showcased at this year’s Lycetts Young Horse Championships will be held at the Osberton International Horse Trials (September 27-39).

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