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British Eventing Young Rider Squad Announced
London, UK
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Emily Llewellyn and Society Spice at Badminton Horse Trials
Following a final run at Barbury last weekend (10-11 July), the Young Rider Selection Committee have announced the squad of six that will contest the European Championships, held this year at Pardubice in the Czech Republic from 28 July - 1 August.

Heading the squad and defending her title is Laura Collett riding Sarah Walker's Fernhill Cristal. A new ride to Laura at the end of 2009, the pair posted a fourth placing in the CCI2* at Burgie earning them qualification for the Europeans. Joining Laura is 2008 Young Rider European Champion Emily Llewellyn. She rides her mother Cindy's Society Spice with whom she was fifteenth at Badminton this year. Both Laura and Emily are members of the World Class Start Programme funded by UK Sport.

Two members of the BEF Regional Foundation Programme have also made the squad. Emily Parker and Treefers who were on the Gold winning Young Rider team in 2009 and British team debutant, Rosie Fry with her own Bankon Louie. Completing the six are Willa Newton and Neelix who were individuals at the 2009 YR Europeans and Tom McEwen a former Pony European Gold Medalist in 2007 making his first Young Rider team appearance riding Major Sweep who was previously campaigned by Rodney Powell.

Squad:

Laura Collett/Fernhill Cristal
Rosie Fry/Bankon Louie
Emily Llewellyn/Society Spice with direct reserves of Pardon Me II, Balloo IV and Junior II
Tom McEwen/Major Sweep
Willa Newton/Neelix
Emily Parker/Treefers

Reserve Combinations:

Harriet Baird/Persian Coin
Laura Cocking/Arkendale
Olivia Craddock/Boherdeal Cruise


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