A new generation impresses in the Junior CCI2* – L

The CCI2*- Long format competition for Juniors (aged 18 years and under riding horses) had a host of well-known young riders including the offspring of some of the UK’s best known equestrians.

The daughters of Tina Cook ( the 2009 European Champion and a three-time Olympic medallist, winning individual and team bronze medals in 2008 and team silver in 2012. She has also won two World team golds (1994, 2010) and four European team golds in 1995, 1999, 2009, 2017), Lucinda Fredericks (winner of Burghley, Badminton and Kentucky on the famous Headley Brittanica on whom she also competed for team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics), Charlotte Bathe (who won Burghley in 1992 and competed at the 1996 Olympics on Cool Customer, and was in the 1998 World Championship Gold Medal Winning Team with Tina Cook) and Erica Watson (5* eventer who has competed at Burghley and Badminton) were all in action in this class alongside a number of other rising stars who have come up through the Pony and Youth programmes of British Eventing.

The Junior competition was won by Phoebe Hughes, based with Hector Payne Eventing in Wiltshire, who led from start to finish on her own Fabris, an 11 year old bay gelding, on a score of 24.6.  The competition was closely fought though with just 0.3 marks separating 2nd placed Ibble Watson on Aristotele S Z (daughter of Erica), 3rd placed Ellie Fredericks (daughter of Lucinda) on the stallion Brittania’s Mail (son of Headley Brittanica) and 4th placed Xanthe de Wesselow on CDS Rock Away Beach (daughter of Belsay International organiser Laura de Wesselow).  Belsay’s 18 year old Xanthe (who competed for GB and was 10th at the 2019 Europeans in Poland on her pony Baramona Lass), was also 11th in the Junior competition on her other ride, Wil She Ever.

Former 2019 Gold medal winning Pony Rider Finn Healey was 6th on his ride, Father’s Compromise, while Tina Cook’s daughter Isabelle came 7th and 13th on her two rides and Daisy Bathe, daughter of Charlotte, came 17th and 32nd.  Winner Phoebe Hughes was 33rd on her other ride, Top Biats, formerly ridden by Hector Payne and William Fox-Pitt; while Ibble Watson’s second mount, Candito, was unfortunately eliminated in the cross country phase.