IT’S only a few weeks since Stable Talk highlighted a local rider who is hoping to make her international mark
IT’S only a few weeks since Stable Talk highlighted a local rider who is hoping to make her international mark in dressage.
Rose Hugh-Smith, 14, from Henley, achieved a medal with her dressage team at the FEI Pony European Championships in Arezzo, Italy in July on her black gelding, Holsteins Derwisch.
The team claimed team bronze — a first medal for Britain’s youth teams since 2007 — after two days of closely-fought competition
The quartet of Rose Hugh-Smith, Rebecca Bell, Erin Williams and Phoebe Peters finished on a final score of 219.667 per cent with gold medallists Germany on 225.795 per cent and the Netherlands in silver with 221.513 per cent.
The first to go on the Wednesday was Rebecca Bell with her mum Caroline’s Valido’s Sunshine who was called into the squad late when Bethany Horobin and Gigolo were ruled out due to injury. Third into the arena, they scored 66.128 per cent to give Britain a solid start. Second was Rose Hugh-Smith with Holsteins Derwisch — their score of 67.795 per cent was enough to put Britain into fifth after day one.
With a matter of a handful of marks covering bronze position to seventh, Britain was firmly in the medal hunt.
The following day was the turn of Erin Williams and the palomino Dynasty, and they pulled out the stops when it mattered to post her best team score in international competition of 74.077 per cent to boost the score.
It was down to Phoebe Peters and Tracy Peters’ SL Lucci. They wowed the showground with 77.795 per cent for her personal best and the highest ever score by a British rider in the team test internationally.
The score rocketed the team to silver medal position with the Germans in gold. The Dutch were strong as ever and a final 73.718 per cent was enough to give them silver — so it was bronze for Britain.
Rose and her pony scored a solid 66.87 per cent to come 22nd in the individual event.