14-year-old Rhuddlan horse rider wins silver at FEI Pony European Championships

Published date: 09 August 2014 |
Published by: Suzanne Jordan 
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Photo by Helen Revington 

A 14-YEAR-OLD was awarded a silver medal at the Federation Equestre Internationale Pony European Championships.

Oliver Williams, of Rhuddlan, was part of the Charles Owen sponsored GB Eventing Pony team who walked away with silver at the Championships held in Millstreet, Ireland.

Oliver and Bobnamara, a 10-year-old gelding owned by his sister Ellie Williams, posted an impressive dressage score which put the team in 15th place going into the jumping phases.

He then produced a “fault free round” in the cross country phase followed by a foot perfect show jumping round on the concluding day of competition (Sunday, August 3). He added nothing to his dressage score of 47.3 to climb nine places, eventually finishing 6th.

Oliver said: “It was fantastic to be part of the British Squad heading out to Millstreet but to be selected onto the team really topped the week off.

“I was so please with Bobby - especially in the dressage because he finds it hard but I was pleased how hard he concentrated and tried for me. We produced our best test yet. He put his all into the cross country and then came out so strong on the final day.

“It hasn’t sunk in. We’ve had a big party with my friends, family and coaches to celebrate.”

Oliver said that Mike Etherington-Smith, who designed the course, produced a “beautifully laid out” cross country course and expressed his excitement of jumping new fences that “hadnt been seen before”.

Gary Parsonage, chair of the GB Pony Selectors, added: “The squad all performed out of their skins.

“There was a lot of pressure. I'm very proud of all six of the riders. They thoroughly deserved such a great result.” 

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