FOURTEEN year-old Zara Nelson added to an impressive week for Ireland’s pony riders at the European Championships in Malmo, Sweden when she claimed the Individual Bronze medal in Eventing.
The Kilcullen, Co. Kildare native rode Kieran Connors and Michelle Nelson’s Millridge Buachaill Bui (ISH)(TIH) through all three stages of the championship with only 1.6 time penalties on cross country being added to her original dressage score.
Today Nelson was impeccable in today’s show jumping phase, producing a fault-free round to maintain her overnight Bronze position.
Gold went to Germany’s Calvin Böckmann and Askaban B, while Silver was claimed by France’s Melissa Prevost with Podeenagh Aluinn.
Ireland had another top ten finisher in Lucy Hancock, who took sixth individual place with Newton Westie (ISH).
The Irish Pony European Eventing team of Nelson, Hancock, Maresa Ronan and Alex Power fell just 13 penalties short of a medal when they took fourth overall yesterday, with Gold going to Great Britain, Silver to France and Bronze to Sweden.
In Individual Show Jumping today, Ireland’s Mikey Pender and Imagine If One (ISH) finished fifth overall, with victory claimed by Justine Maerte of France with Shamrock du Gite.
The Irish Pony European Show Jumping team, however, took the Silver Medal on Friday when Pender, Olivia Roulston, Abbie Sweetnam and Luke Garrigan finished only three faults adrift of Gold medallists Great Britain, with France taking Bronze.
Source: Horse Sport Ireland