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British Young Rider Eventing Squad announced for Belgium
London, UK

Following the final Young Rider Trial at Aston-le-Walls in Northamptonshire last week, British Eventing have announced the final six riders selected for the Jump Savings British Young Rider European Eventing Squad. The following six riders will represent Great Britain and British Eventing at the 2009 European Young Rider Championships in Waregem, Belgium (11-14 September).

The six selected riders and horses are:

  • 20 year-old Emily Llewellyn from Heathfield, East Sussex on Pardon Me II, owned by Cindy Llewellyn
  • 19 year-old Laura Collett from Marlborough, Wiltshire on Rayef, owned by Jason Houghton
  • 21 year-old Ben Hobday from Rossendale, Lancashire, riding his own Uptons Who
  • 19 year-old Emily Parker from Market Rasen, Lincolnshire on her own Treefers
  • 18 year-old Harry Dzenis from Haslemere, Surrey on his own Rockin Robin
  • 19 year-old Willa Newton from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on Neelix, owned by Joey Newton

The young rider squad is made up of a pool of very experienced championship riders with five of the six having competed in European Championships as part of the British Eventing Youth Programme. Emily Parker will be making her European Championships debut and will certainly be able to rely on the experience of her fellow team mates in their quest for their fifth consecutive team gold.

The team of four and the two individuals will be announced after the horses have been trotted up by the FEI officials.

Chairman of the Young Rider Selectors, Alex Colquhoun, is pleased with the squad for the European Championships: "The selectors and I are pleased with the fantastic quality of each rider on the squad; with this strong team we should hopefully continue our run of success and mirror the double gold from 2008.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Witan (Jump Savings) Investments, UK Sport, Horse Trials Support Group, Toggi, KC Equestrian, Land Rover, N.E.W Equine Wear, Parkgate Equestrian and British Eventing for their continued help and support in providing our youth riders with training and advice."    

British Eventing Sport Manager (Development) Paul Graham is pleased with the choice of riders: "We have a super, strong squad of Young Riders this year with five of the six members having already won team gold medals in their respective European Championships.

"To have a squad where everyone is capable of bringing home an individual medal is very exciting. This just goes to show the depth of talent that we have in eventing in Great Britain."

The trip to Belgium has been possible thanks to the unerring support of the UK Sport funded Equestrian World Class Programme, which supports a pathway to success for Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes. The aim is to have in place a sustainable system that can deliver more medals on the international stage now and in the future. The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, primarily from the National Lottery, via UK Sport since 1998.

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