Emily King won an individual silver medal at the FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors in Strzegom, Poland.

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The British were the dominant force once again when claiming team and individual gold along with individual silver.

But it was a close-fought battle for the medals, with the defending champions meeting powerful opposition from the Irish who finished just three points behind in the team competition, and who claimed third and fourth places in the individual rankings. In the Individuals Emily King, finished closest to the gold medal winning score of former British pony team gold medallist and fellow-Briton Sophie How when completing on her dressage mark of 42.50 for individual silver. With just a 0.6 point advantage going into the final day,

King held her nerve to pin Ireland’s Megahey into bronze medal spot while Ireland’s Stubington (Kilminchy Condor) finished a close fourth ahead of Germany’s Pauline Knorr (Abke’s Boy) in fifth and Britain’s Bradstock (Minimee) in sixth.

This was the 18th team and 17th individual gold medal winning success for Great Britain since these Championships first took place at Eridge (GBR) in 1967.

The championships have marked an important stepping stone in the careers of many future stars of the sport of eventing, including Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games team silver medallists William Fox-Pitt who claimed individual silver at Junior level in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy back in 1987 and Tina Cook (then Gifford) who helped secure team gold that same year.

Results:

FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors 2012 – Individual : GOLD – Pebbly Aga Khan (Sophie How) GBR 35.00; SILVER – Mr Hiho (Emily King) GBR 42.50; BRONZE – Chuckleberry (Harold Megahey) IRL 43.10.

FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors 2012 – Teams : GOLD – Great Britain 130.10 – Pebbly Aga Khan (Sophie How) 35.00, Minimes (Alfie Bradstock) 44.60, Romeo Z (Alexandra Liddle) 50.50, Carolyn (Isabella Innes Ker) Elim; SILVER – Ireland 133.60 Chuckleberry (Harold Megahey) 43.10, Kilminchy Condor (Lucca Stubington) 44.00, Shadow Light (Tom Dixon) 46.50, Pick and Mix (Katie Moffatt) 50.00; BRONZE – France 142.70 – Newtown d’Hencourt (Justine Bonnet) 45.60, Orpheo des Sablons 9Robin Boulanger) 46.50, Quamilha (Thais Meheust) 50.60, Navarin de Carolles (Arthur Goncalves) 59.20.

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