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  1. Double gold for Germany at the FEI European Eventing Championships

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    Michael Jung’s grin as he soared over the final show jump and crossed the finish line said it all. In sealing victory for Germany at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships with a clear round in the showjumping he equalled the record set by Ginny Elliot in 1989 of winning three individual European Championship titles on three different horses.

    The defending champion’s performance on a horse that only has only a fraction of the experience of others in the field was nothing short of remarkable. He finished on his dressage score of 33.5 to win individual gold by nearly 10 penalties.

    “FischerTakinou is a young horse, but he’s a top horse, and he has shown today that he has the quality for the next big championship,” said Jung, who received his medal from Her Majesty The Queen, who was presenting the prizes.

    When Germany’s Yorkshire-born team trainer Christopher Bartle was asked whether he thought Her Majesty might have something to say about an Englishman training the winning German team, he retorted: “I think you’ll find there is quite a lot of German blood in the royal family!”

    Sandra Auffarth and her brilliant partner Opgun Louvo added to their extensive championship medal tally with individual silver.

    “I think we will have a party tonight,” she smiled. “To be part of such a great team is an amazing feeling.”

    The third counting team member, Ingrid Klimke, finished fifth with Horseware Hale Bob.

    Thibaut Vallette, a colonel in the French army, led his country to team bronze and collected the same colour medal in the individual competition.

    “This is my first team championship appearance, so I really didn’t expect this result,” admitted Vallette, who has ridden beautifully all week on the spring-heeled Qing du Briot ENE HN. “The main objective was to qualify the team for the Rio Olympics [both France and the fifth-placed Swedish team succeeded], so for me this is a double victory.”

    Britain has suffered mixed fortunes all week, but hung on to the team silver medal with all but one of its three remaining members jumping clear rounds.

    “Didn’t the girls do brilliantly,” said William Fox-Pitt, who failed to complete yesterday’s cross-country on Bay My Hero, but was there to support the remaining all-female trio.

    Nicola Wilson had a lucky escape when One Two Many crashed through an oxer, but both Pippa Funnell and Kitty King jumped classy clears on their relatively inexperienced horses.

    “Persimmon’s been fantastic all week and he couldn’t have jumped better today,” said a relieved and delighted King. “I knew he could do it so long as I didn’t mess up.”

    There was disappointment, though, for individual Izzy Taylor, whose one fence down on KBIS Briarlands Matilda dropped her from individual bronze to sixth place, but it was still a performance to take heart from.

    “Of course I’m disappointed, but there have been a lot of positives this week and I’ve very much got my eye on Rio next year,” said a philosophical Taylor. After all, her cross-country round was many people’s idea of the performance of the day.

    Image: Michael Jung during the dressage test at the FEI European Eventing Championships, by Jon Stroud, courtesy of the FEI

  2. 15 mins with Izzy Taylor

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    As the eventing season kicks off, we spent 15 minutes with elite squad member Izzy Taylor who will be a regular contributor to Derby House Post over the coming months.

    What are your ambitions for the 2015 season?

    Selection for the Europeans this year is a major goal and I’m also aiming for good results at Badminton and Burghley. I hope all the younger horses have an educational season and grow in confidence and knowledge to become the stars we hope they are. I’m also always looking to discover more future stars!


    What have you been doing over the winter?

    I haven’t been skiing or on a sun kissed beach holiday. I thought it best to steer away from the slopes. There’s just too much at stake to end up being injured and I can’t sit still for long enough to enjoy a beach holiday. So it’s been all about the horses.

    How have you been getting them fit?

    I believe in the old fashioned method of plenty of hacking, roadwork and early season fitness work. KBIS Briarlands Matilda, KBIS Starburst, It’s Chico, Thistledown Poposki and not forgetting Allercoombe Ellie returned to me from their holidays with their owners and are all back in full work.

    And what about you? Have you been at the gym?

    If hunting three times a week, mucking out, riding and general yard duties weren’t enough to keep me fit, thanks to Yogi [Briesner, team GB coach], I have discovered the benefits of an “Equicizer”, which is widely used by the racing fraternity. If you Google it you’ll understand why no-one is allowed to witness me riding it! But if there was ever a way to gain core strength, stability and technique it is this. I can recommend it whole heartedly but not for the faint hearted. I could only manage a minute to begin with!!

    As part of the Elite Squad with World Class funded by UK Sport & the Lottery, since November last year I have been attending regular training sessions, meetings and one to ones with our performance coaches. I am also fortunate that some of my horses are on British Eventing “Equine Pathway” so I also attend their regular training sessions at Aston Le Walls. Our last XC Performance riders schooling session was last week when I rode 17 horses. I’m pretty sure we are more than ready for Eventing 2015 to begin at Isleham this weekend – lets hope all the training has paid off!

    So tell us about your current team of horses?

    This season I have five advanced horses to campaign; Allercombe Ellie, Dax Van Ternieuwbeke, KBIS Briarlands Matilda, KBIS Starchaser and Thistledown Poposki.

    I also have a number of intermediate rides who will be looking to move up a level including Briarlands Birdsong, Call Me Maggie May, It’s Chico, KBIS Starburst and Little Maestro.

    Bugbrooke, Calibro, Extreme II, KL Omar, Van Dyke II and new horse, Mythical Lark, make up the Novice eventers for this coming season.

    We also have some exciting new youngsters on the yard including two Equestrian Direct Surfaces horses, six-year-old Direct Cavalier and five-year-old Direct Casino, as well as four other five-year-olds Allercoombe Flora, Constance O Cool, Otmoor Prince and Serfina who will be starting their eventing careers.

    Who are you trainers?

    I train with Yogi Breisner as part of the Elite World Class Performance Squad, Charlotte Dujardin helps with dressage and Sarah Ward visits the yard once a fortnight to assist me on developing the horses’ flatwork.

    And who is helping you behind the scenes?

    When the season gets busy I have over 21 horses to compete so I couldn’t manage without my amazing support team, which includes my mother, Nicola, sister AB, and partner Charlie, who all help out with different aspects of my business. I also have a great team of grooms, overseen by my yard manager Phillipa Ariss who keep things on track, and Anna Mildner comes to all the events and looks after the horses and myself.

    Becky Rowland BVSc MRCVs is our team vet, Bob Livock is our equine dentist and Charlie Sands, who is also my partner, is our farrier, keeping all the horses feet in top condition. Ellen Stanwell is our Chiropractor and Rachel Greetham provides physiotherapy for the horses.

    But I couldn’t do any of it without my super owners and sponsors who all put their faith in me with their horses. They’re the reason I’ve been able to make it to the top of the sport.

  3. Izzy Taylor: 5 ways to be a BETTER rider

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    We’re delighted to announce that eventer IZZY TAYLOR has joined our stable of bloggers. Last year Izzy was the only rider to complete Badminton on both her horses finishing in the top 20. She was also selected for TEAM GBR squad at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and finished the season in fifth place in the British Eventing Rankings for 2014.

    She is currently the third highest British rider and highest ranked British female in the FEI rankings.

    First up, Izzy has put together her 5 motivational tips for 2015.

    1. Get fit

    If you’re fitter, you’ll be a more secure rider with more stamina. Focus on improving your all round fitness paying particular attention to your core and leg. Stronger core & legs = stronger rider.

    2. Eat healthily

    Easier said that done however keep trying. There’s no point trying to get fit if you’re not being careful about what you eat.

    3. Never loose sight of the dream

    Always have something BIG to aim for keeps you focused for the season. Set yourself some achievable goals for 2015, be it participating in a certain competition, passing your B Test or qualifying for a certain championship.  My major goal is being selected for the Europeans but it would also be great to have good results at Badminton and Burghley. If you’ve got something concrete to focus on you will be more motivated in your riding.

    4. Be positive

    If last season was a write off, put it behind you. If you get off to a bad start this season, try not to feel disheartened (easiser said than done, I know) and set yourself a new target. There’s no point  even sitting on a horse unless you have a positive mental attitude.

    5. Remember to relax and SMILE

    I constantly have to remind myself to do this, particularly when I’m doing a dressage test! The minute you smile, you send good vibes to your horse, which will (hopefully) improve their performance.