Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Silver medal in British eventing debut

A WOMAN from Henley has helped the Great Britain eventing team win a silver medal in her first appearance for her country.

A WOMAN from Henley has helped the Great Britain eventing team win a silver medal in her first appearance for her country.

Amy Crerar, 27, from Huntercombe, was part of an eight-strong squad that finished runners-up in the team event at the CIC** European Championship in Laintal, Austria.

She was the second highest-placed Britain in the amateur competition, which combines the disciplines of showjumping, dressage and cross-country.

Crerar, who was riding her 10-year-old horse Fernhill Rock Star, alias Ricky, had to cope with temperatures of more than 30C.

She said: “I was really excited because I wanted to do as well as I could for the team and it’s a long way to go to not give your best performance.

“I was really pleased with how Ricky coped in the heat. We’d travelled a long way to be here and you never know how a horse is going to be when you get out there.

“He was the only Brit to jump a clear round in the showjumping stage on the third day.

“I knew he could put in a good performance but I was pleased and relieved it came when it mattered and we were under pressure.”

Crerar is a chiropractor and a partner at the Back in Line clinic in Duke Street, Henley.

She has been riding since she was a girl growing up in Pangbourne with her two older sisters Katherine and Jo and brother Duncan.

She was a pupil at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham and a member of the Pony Club and participated in country shows, eventually concentrating on eventing at the age of 15.

She competed in national eventing competitions and was also an international lacrosse player. She is now a member of Thames Valley Riding Club. Crerar now hopes to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

She said: “I’m working towards the Olympics but obviously there’s a long process between now and then and in three years a lot can happen. Being at the European championships will hopefully get my name out more. I’m looking for some sponsors. The more help I can get the further I will be able to go but it’s such an expensive sport and means being away a lot when you’re competing internationally. It’s just finding the balance between work and this.”

Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta finals results

OPEN EVENTS

Elite 8+: Pangbourne Nautics BC composite beat Nonesuch BC by three-quarters of a length, 2 minutes, 33 seconds. Henley RC were third.

Intermediate 1 8+: Thames RC beat Upper Thames RC by one-and-a-half lengths, 2.48.

Intermediate 2 8+: Nonesuch BC beat Henley RC by four lengths, 3.04.

Intermediate 3 8+: Thames RC beat Oxford Academicals RC by two lengths, 3.01. Henley RC were third.

Intermediate 1 4-: Upper Thames RC/London RC beat Cygnet RC by one-and-a-half lengths, 3.10.

Intermediate 2 4+: Wolfson College Oxford beat Royal Air Force RC by two-thirds of a length, 3.05. Upper Thames RC were third.

Intermediate 3 4+: Wolfson College Oxford beat Twickenham RC by two-and-a-half lengths, 3.11. Putney Town RC were third.

Novice 4+: Putney Town RC beat Walton RC by one-and-three-quarter lengths, 3.29.

Intermediate 2 4x: Henley RC beat Twickenham RC by four-and-a-half lengths, 3.04. Corio Bay RC were third.

Intermediate 1 2-: Upper Thames RC beat Thames RC by five lengths, 3.13. Lincoln RC were third.

Intermediate 1 2x: RGS, High Wycombe beat Upper Thames RC by one foot following a dead heat, 3.22.

J15 2x: Maidenhead RC beat RGS, High Wycombe by three lengths, 3.24. Henley RC were third.

Elite 1x: L Wells (Army RC) beat DA Bell (Henley RC) by three-quarters of a length, 3.30. P Charij (Reading RC) was third.

Intermediate 1 1x: M Shimmin (Upper Thames RC) beat WR Sadar (Bristol Ariel RC) by one-third of a length, 3.27. S Gough (Thames Valley Park RC) was third.

Intermediate 2 1x: WR Sardar (Bristol Ariel RC) beat J Keech (Poplar, B&D RC) by one-and-one-third of a length, 3.37.

Intermediate 3 1x: B Gray (Maidenhead RC) beat A Pettican (Poplar, B &D RC) by two-and-a-half lengths, 3.42. R Eyres (RGS, High Wycombe) was third.

Novice 1x: D Kempsell (Pangbourne Nautics BC) beat M de Paoli (Furnivall SC) by one-and-a-quarter lengths, 3.45. L Price (Henley RC) was third.

J16 1x: B Bray (Maidenhead RC) beat H Stirling (Stratford-upon-Avon BC), easily, 3.28.

J15 1x: S Hoxley (Maidenhead RC) beat H Bennett (Maidenhead RC) by four lengths, 3.29. R Taylor (Henley RC) was third.

J14 1x: C Rollet-Manus (Henley RC) beat O Wright (RGS, High Wycombe) easily, 3.33. M Shimmin (Reading Blue Coat School) was third.



MIXED EVENTS

Intermediate 2 4+: Thames RC beat Twickenham RC by one-and-a-half lengths, 3.20.

Intermediate 2 4x: Twickenham RC beat Corio Bay RC easily, 3.54.

Elite 2x: Henley RC beat Thames RC easily, 3.29.

Intermediate 2 2x: Thames RC/Vesta RC beat Henley RC by three lengths, 3.34. Upper Thames were third.



PRIMARY EVENTS

Open 4+: Royal Air Force RC beat Royal Air Force RC. Henley RC were third.

Mixed 4x: Henley RC beat Weyfarers RC. Henley RC were third.



WOMEN’S EVENTS

Intermediate 3 8+: Green Templeton BC beat City of Oxford RC by one-and-a-quarter lengths, 3.23.

Novice 8+: Reading RC beat Auriol Kensington RC by five lengths, 3.28. City of Oxford RC were third.

Intermediate 2 4+: Birmingham RC beat City of Oxford RC by one-and-a-quarter lengths, 3.34.

Intermediate 3 4+: Birmingham RC beat City of Oxford RC by one-and-a-quarter lengths, 3.50. Llandaff RC were third.

Novice 4+: Maidenhead RC beat City of Oxford RC, easily, 4.02. Auriol Kensington RC were third.

Intermediate 1 4x: Henley RC beat Marlow RC by one-and-a-half lengths, 3.26.

Intermediate 2 4x: Marlow RC beat Birmingham RC by five lengths, 3.33.

J15 4x+: Henley RC beat Henley RC by one length, 3.42.

Intermediate 1 2x: Thames RC beat Upper Thames RC by three-and-a-half lengths, 3.42.

J14 2x: Henley RC beat Henley RC by two lengths, 4.11.

Intermediate 2 1x: L Reeves (St Edwards School) beat E Peacock (Maidenhead RC) by one length, 3.58. V Watts (Putney Town RC) was third.

Intermediate 3 1x: S Hogdson (Thames RC) beat S Cole (Tethys BC) by two lengths, 4.35. K Pfauder (City of Oxford RC) was third.

Novice 1x: S Cole (Tethys BC) beat L Pretterhofer (Cambridge 99 RC) easily, 4.08. E Lhermitte was third.

J15 1x: E Thompson (Henley RC) beat K Beale (Henley RC) by one-and-a-quarter lengths, 4.04. C Bird (Stratford-upon-Avon RC) was third.



MASTERS’ EVENTS

Open C 4x: Abingdon RC beat Eton Excelsior RC easily, 3.17.

Open DE 4x: Corio Bay RC E beat Walton RC D easily, 3.04. Llandaff RC D was third.

Open B 2x: Burway RC beat Abingdon RC by two-and-a-half lengths, 3.43.

Open CD 2x: Abingdon RC D beat Walton RC D by two-and-a-half lengths, 3.35. Maidenhead RC C were third.

Open EF 2x: Corio Bay RC F beat BTC Southampton RC F by two lengths, 3.39. Upper Thames RC E were third.

Open H 2x: BTC Southampton RC beat Reading RC by one-and-a-half lengths, 3.49.

Women’s BCD 4x: City of Oxford RC B beat Upper Thames/Phyllis Court RC D by one-and-a-third of a length, 3.52. Wycliffe College BC/Reading RC C were third.

Women’s B 2x: City of Oxford RC beat Llandaff RC easily, 4.10.

Women’s C 2x: Reading RC/Wycliffe College beat Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha BC by two lengths, 3.49. Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha BC were third.

Women’s D 2x: Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha BC beat Upper Thames RC/Phyllis Court RC by three lengths, 4.05. Henley RC were third.

Women’s EF 2x: Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha BC E beat Corio Bay F, easily, 4.45.

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