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Bryan Balsiger European Champion for young riders

Sunday, 13 August 2017
European Championships CH/JR/YR 2017

Photo (c) Tomas Holcbecher. Justine Tebbel (GER), Bryan Balsiger (SUI) and Amy Inglis (GBR). Photo (c) Tomas Holcbecher.

As the young riders had finished their final rounds at the European Championships at the x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, it was Bryan Balsiger (SUI) who claimed the gold medal aboard Clouzot de Lassus (Ugano Sitte x Tenor Manciais). After ending 21st in Thursday's first round and picking up another four faults in the first team competition, Balsiger and his nine-year-old gelding did not touch a single pole in the final three rounds.

"My horse did amazing today and I am very happy because last year I finished on 7th place and this year I won a gold medal! It's just amazing for me. The competition was definitely very tough, with many good riders with high level. It is a very beautiful resort, all our team had a great week here. It was a good show, we hope to come back next year," Balsiger said after his win.

Justine Tebbel (GER)  secured the silver medal aboard Light Star (Light On x Lafontaine) on a total of 7,64 points, only 0,16 points behind Balsiger. "It was an amazing day and week for me. I’m totally happy with our rounds and second place is more than I expected. It’s my first individual medal ever. Last year I was fifth in the juniors, but that was my best result. I was a bit nervous everytime I waited for my round, but I had great team here and they help me go through with it. I’m also really proud of my horse. He’s just 8 years old and he has never jump course like this."

British rider Amy Inglis won the bronze medal aboard Wishes (Guidam x Wellington) on a score of 9,81 penalties. "I can`t believe it. I didn`t think I could reach for any medal. It`s my first competition at young riders category and my horse is only nine. And now I am very delighted with the team, it is a really special day for me. It is definitely the best success in my carrier so far. I feel amazing here, in x-bionic®, Samorin, definitely want to come back and do it again."


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Tomas Holcbecher

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