Marlborough rider Chelsea Pearce chosen for British team at Junior Euro Championships in Italy
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Pearce, who is based near Marlborough, has been selected for the eventing squad to represent Great Britain in the International Equestrian Federation Junior European Championships in Italy later this month.
She will be taking her own eleven year-old Dutch gelding Albert VI. In July she completed her first CIC2* eventing competition at the Barbury International Horse Trials - a step towards being chosen for the GB team. In June she had been named on the long list named for the championships in Italy.
Since then she and Albert have returned good results in Open Under 21 Competitions at Cholmondeley Castle and Wellington. On both occasions they were clear and without time penalties in the cross country.
Chelsea told Marlborough.News: "I am delighted and very proud to have been selected to represent my country. Albert has been a real professional this season and has continued to improve."
"I owe a huge thank you to my Trainer, Annabel Scrimgeour, who has worked tirelessly this season improving our dressage and of course I wouldn't be able to achieve this without my Sponsors and Supporters: Ariat Europe, Aqueos, HAYGAIN Hay Steamers and Longcroft Building Services."
"I am very much looking forward to the championships in Italy and am very grateful to the selectors for giving me this opportunity."
The Championships will take place at Montelibretti, just north of Rome between September 22 and 25. The Junior GB team is sponsored by Racesafe - the makers of body protectors for riders.
The British Junior team won bronze at the 2015 championships in Poland
The full team of six riders is:
Felicity Collins, 18 from East Sussex, with the seven year old German gelding, RSH Contendor, owned by Ms Vicky Collins and Mrs Avirna Milton
Richard Coney, 17 from Lincolnshire, and his own eight year old Irish gelding Kananaskis.
Phoebe Locke, 16 from Somerset, and the eight year old Irish gelding Union Fortunus, owned by Phoebe and Miss Jamie-lee Day
Chelsea Pearce, 17 from Wiltshire, with her own 11 year old Dutch gelding Albert VI
Chelsea Round, 17 from Warwickshire, and her own nine year old British gelding Fleetwood Mac V
Bubby Upton, 17 from Suffolk with Eros DHI, a seven year old Dutch gelding owned by Mrs Rachel Upton
First reserve will be Storm Straker, 17 from North Yorkshire, with her own 14 year old Dutch gelding Well Designed.