The European CIC** Championships feature phases in dressage, cross-country and showjumping. Riders compete in teams of six, though each country may also enter two individuals.
The competition runs over four days, with a different test on each day. The first test is the team dressage in which all six riders perform together. This is followed by individual tests in dressage, cross-country and showjumping.
The winning team is the team with the fewest penalties over the three phases, counting the scores from the top four competitors in each team. All team members also compete in the individual championship.
The event was formerly known as the Rural Riders after a mistranslation of the German name.
British Riders Take CIC2* European Gold
Last weekend saw the British Riding Clubs CIC2* squad win a double triumph on the European Championships stage when they won both team silver as well as individual gold title at Helvoit in the Netherlands.
The final team standings were:
1 – Germany on 285.35 points
2 – Great Britain on 309.55 points
3 - Belgium 315.85 points
This aspirational competition is an opportunity for some of Europe’s best amateur riders to compete at an international championship. The first test is the team dressage in which all six riders perform together. This is followed by individual tests in dressage, cross-country and showjumping.
The British Team is selected from members of British Riding Clubs – the UK’s largest organisation for amateur riders.
Testament to the British Eventing Training programme, ‘Mark Todd Bridging the Gap’ (MTBTG), two scholarship winners from this programme finished in the top ten placings.
This generous scholarship gives those BE Members who are training towards top level eventing competition a chance to represent the scholarship sponsors (Keyflow and the Mark Todd Collection) as a brand ambassador, receiving prizes in kind, as well as access to top training.
Francesca ‘Franky’ Reid-Warrilow (pictured), a member of Vale of Arrow RC in Powys, won individual gold for Britain with from the fore with her own Dolley Whisper. This successful pairing put in an immaculate performance, adding nothing to their dressage score of 40.4.
Franky, who is 25 years old, was the first ever recipient of the MTBTG scholarship in 2013.
Joining Franky in the top ten for the GB squad was 26-year-old Tyler Cassells from East Cheshire Combined Training Group who took fourth place with John Marsden and Joe Chambers’ Grandslam on 51.7 while 25-year-old Zoe Wilkinson from West Oxfordshire RC finished in sixth place with her own GHS Calvaruise on 57.4
Like gold medal winner Franky, Zoe is also a Bridging the Gap scholarship winner, having been selected as the worthy recipient in the 2014 selection.
Also representing Britain was Stephanie O’Neil from Strathearn RC with her own Millridge Aurora's Diamond (22nd place), Anthony Clark from Cambridge RC with his own and Janice Hawes’ Crambamboli (23rd), Danielle Dunn from the Vale of the White RC with her own and Jenny Lockyer’s Zocarla BLH (30th place). Eliminated across country were Sarah Holmes from the Isle Of Wight Riding Club with her own Lowhill Clover and also Emily Prangnell from Kettlethorpe RC with DHI Beaunesse whom she owns with Maxine and Dennis Prangnell.
On behalf of the British CIC2* squad, British Riding Clubs would like to thank British Eventing and the British Equestrian Federation for their continued support of this important competition and LUC Childeric UK Saddles, Mirrors for Training and Equilibrium Products for their generous sponsorship.
Find full results plus team standings online now. Scholarships for this year’s MTBTG are now open; to apply, visit keyflowfeeds.com.CIC**
Hat Tagging and Body Protectors
All members are now required to have their hats tagged before competing in any BRC Qualifier or Championship this year. For acceptable specifications check the Hat Standards Guidelines.
All competitors in BRC XC phases must now wear a BETA Level 3 (Purple Label) Body Protector manufactured in the year 2000 or after.