The European Young Riders Eventing Championship reached its exciting climax at Blair Castle yesterday with the British team winning gold and Willa Newton winning an individual silver medal.
In a tense showjumping finale in the international arena with the stunning backdrop of Blair Castle, the young riders from Britain held their nerve to hold off a challenge from the Irish team. Willa Newton and her horse Neelix and Tom McEwan and Private Rudolf both showjumped clear to finish in second and fourth respectively. Fife based Wills Oakden and Button Clover was unlucky to have three showjumps down to add 12 penalties to his overnight score and drop him to 13th individually. Final team member who got off to such a great start after the dressage, Dani Evans and Uchin picked up 42.8 penalties on Saturday and a further four yesterday to drop to 32nd and become the discard score.
However their combined efforts were enough to give them a total of 169.2 points, nearly nine points ahead of second placed Ireland with the German team taking bronze. Individual gold went to Freya Fullgraebe and Oje Oje of Germany while individual bronze was awarded to Irish rider David Hannigan and Red Baron. Great Britain has a great record in this competition having won team gold six out of the last seven years and sharing it with Germany last year.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to Blair Atholl over the four days of the event where they enjoyed not only world class competition but also shopping in the tented village and food hall and the spectacular Bruadar Country Fair activities and demonstrations.