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Eventer Chelsea Pearce long-listed for British squad at Young Rider European Championships

Chelsea Pearce and Albert VI at the Houhgton International Horse Trials

Eighteen year-old event rider Chelsea Pearce, who is based near Marlborough, has won selection to the long-list for the British team to go to Ireland for the 2017 Young Rider European Championships.

She and Albert VI finished fourth at the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials in the CCIYR** - the premier young riders' class.

This was the final Young Rider trial for the team long-list.  Chelsea and Albert VI had a dressage score of 45.3 and added no penalty points during the cross country and show-jumping stages of the competition:  "He jumped superbly - I was delighted with his performance as this was a personal best in the dressage."

This is Chelsea's first year as a 'Young Rider'.  So far the long-list for the British team of young riders for the European Championship at Millstreet in Ireland (19-23 July) consists of twelve combinations - six will be chosen for the British team.   

Two others on the long-list are from Wiltshire: Libby Seed and James Stocker.  British Eventing describes this selection as 'a living list and horses and riders may be added or removed in the build up to squad selection later this year.' 

The horse trials at Great Witchingham in Norfolk on July 1 will be significant in making the final team selection.

Last year Chelsea Pearce and Albert VI was in the British team for the European Junior Eventing Championships at Italy's Military Equestrian Centre in Monteliberetti, near Rome.  The team took bronze medals - the same position as they had won at the 2015 championships.

Jumping as an individual, Marlborough's Chelsea Pearce and Albert VI finished with "a lovely clear" - moving her up from eleventh place after the cross country to take eighth place.  This made her the best placed British rider in the competition.

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