Teams of Young riders from all over Europe descended on Blair Castle yesterday for the European Young Riders Eventing Championship which starts today until Sunday.
Fourteen nations have sent competitors including Russia, Spain and Poland, while as host nation, Britain is allowed to field 12 riders. The team was chosen last night from this 12 and consists of Tom McEwan, who was part of the gold medal winning team in 2010. He is riding Private Rudolf.
Nineteen-year-old Dani Evans from Bristol was on the British Junior team last year and rides her ten-year-old gelding, Uchin. Wills Oakden is the leading Scottish rider on FEI rankings. Based in Fife, he rides Button Clover owned by Riachrd and Cindy Onslow from Hawick.The fourth member of the team is Willa Newton, who at 21 is enjoying her third year on the Young Rider squad, she rides the 11 year-old Neelix. The remaining eight British squad members will ride as individuals.
Meanwhile the competition got under way yesterday for the CCI* competitors with their first day of dressage. William Fox-Pitt took the lead with Before Time on a score of 38.1, while close behind him Oliver Townend posted a score of 41.7 on Lord Limerick and 43.1 on Brucester Rooster to lie second and third respectively.
Competition continues today with dressage for all levels including the Europeans plus a Hunter and Riding Horse show, Highland Ponies and working hunters providing the jump action.
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