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Amber O’Neill June Update

Things are getting very exciting here as we get close to Austria; it’s less than two weeks to go! As we have already qualified for the BHDTA National Championships in September (the pinnacle of the driving season in Great Britain) we made the decision not to compete either pony this month and instead concentrate our resources on training. Obviously with the FEI Junior European Championships being only a few weeks away, and with the risk of injury and the added pressure of my final A2 exams it seemed the only realistic and sensible option.

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Amber O’Neill Update

We have some very exciting news – Amber O’Neill and Blue Chip Jasper have been selected to compete for Great Britain in the FEI Junior European Championships, in Austria this year! Amber had this to say about her amazing news, “I am so excited to be selected, as this is the highest level than we can compete in carriage driving, and we are the first junior drivers to compete at this level!  Fortune Teller is also back with me, and we’ll be bringing her to full fitness, just in case I need her for a reserve, and also so that she is ready for the Nationals.  This will be my fourth time competing internationally, but it will be Jasper’s first...

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May 2012 – Amber O’Neill Update

May has been very busy for us, kicking off with a return to Ashfields Carriage and Polo Centre on the 4-6th May, for the first National event of the season. As well as being a qualifier for the BHDTA National Championships, this was also a selection event for our FEI Junior European Championships. With the Dressage phase on the Friday morning we had to arrive Thursday night leaving as soon as I got home from school. This didn’t quite go to plan when I realised I hadn’t actually packed any clothes for myself so we ended up leaving late and getting stuck in traffic! Having spent an entire week polishing everything for this event I was dismayed to find on...

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What a Fantastic Start to the Season for Matt Were!

Matt has competed in three events so far this year, two club events and one national qualifier. He was driving his mare, Blue Chip Zalina, competing in the Open Horse Class. At the National Qualifier he was placed 1st in the dressage, and was presented for the best dressage score of the event – what a fantastic achievement, particularly as this was a selection event for the World Championships, and all the top drivers attended.

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