Team GBR - World Pony Championships 2017

Latest team update: 18 July 2017

by Julia Crockford

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After the final selection event held at Sandringham in June, the team representing Britain at the World Pony Championships in Minden, Germany was announced as:

Singles -  Robert Buck, Rosanna Walters-Symons and Phillipa Howe, Pony Pairs - Alan Clarke and Tara Wilkinson and Pony Fours - Sara Howe and Roger Campbell. Sue Mart was to be a single individual entry, alongside the team.

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Sadly, pairs driver Alan Clarke was taken poorly on returning home from Sandringham and further complications meant he was not going to be able to compete. Since we have no reserve FEI-qualified pairs driver to take Alan's place, this has left team GB unable field a full team.

The rules state that, as individual entries, there can be a maximum of only two competitors per class. The FEI were approached to discuss options and see if was possible to send any extra individuals but this request has been declined.

This means that Phillipa, who was our third single in the team and Sue, who was to go as an individual, will miss this year’s championships, although they will remain on the entries list as reserves should Rosanna or Robert not be able to compete.

Chef d’Equipe, Jill Holah said “We commiserate with Phillipa and Sue after all their hard work to achieve selection and whilst we are devastated that we are unable to field a full team, we have some hugely talented individuals within the squad and have our sights firmly set on individual medals”.

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Single Pony  
ROBERT BUCK

Robert won the final trial, and is in the enviable position of having two Welsh Section D ponies to choose from: Thorneyside Emporer aged 19 and Kasawell Black Jack aged 18, both owned by Julie Camm.

Robert was a member of Britain’s bronze medal winning team at Breda 2015.

ROSANNA WALTERS-SYMONS

Rosanna (25) has been a member of the British team at the last two World Championships and winning individual silver in 2013 and team bronze in 2015, but this time she drives the exciting little German Sports Pony, Hurricain.

PHILLIPA HOWE

RESERVE

Phillipa (28) drives her grandmother, Leonie Marshall’s, 13 year old Welsh Section C bay gelding, Sox.

 

SUE MART

RESERVE

Sue is driving her relatively inexperienced Welsh Cob, Fudge.

With Steppers Viceroy, Sue was a member of the British Team in Greven in 2009 where she was the highest placed British driver, and a member of the bronze medal winning team at Breda in 2015.

Pony Pairs  
TARA WILKINSON

Tara (20) is the youngest member of Team GB and will be driving Emma Burge’s Welsh Section C ponies, H (Capitola Mr Houdini), Belle de Jour and Menai Lone Ranger.

This will be the third world championships for H and Belle, who were driven by Emma herself in Pau in 2013 before she very generously loaned them to Roger Campbell for Breda 2015 and now to Tara.

ALAN CLARKE

Unfortunately, due to illness, Alan is now unable to compete.

A former National Champion with a Pony Tandem and Pony Four as well as a Pair, Alan was a member of the bronze medal British team at Breda in 2015.

He is driving his Welsh ponies Laddie,  Tyrllawn The Boss and Hermas Dez.

 

Pony Fours  
SARA HOWE

This will be Sara’s seventh World Championship as a member of Team GB, having previously competed three times with a single (individual medallist on two occasions) and three times with a four, including as a member of the bronze medal team at Breda in 2015.

She drives Section A ponies, including two of the ‘gingers’ that have been part of her team throughout her international four-in-hand career.

ROGER CAMPBELL

Currently living in Germany, Roger (28) will be driving a team of Welsh ponies owned by Jaqueline Wolter.

He was a member of the British team in Pau (2013) with a single, and in Breda (2015) with Emma Burge’s pair (team bronze).

Earlier this year Roger was the highest placed British competitor in the Pony Fours at Royal Windsor Horse Show, and he has been competing regularly on the European circuit over the last two seasons.

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