13 September 2021
Double celebrations for Team GB as ‘talisman’ British Rider earns a European Championship completion while a British-bred horse is crowned FEI European Champion at Ermelo
• British rider Nicola Thorne and Kamilcia cement their place among Europe’s leading endurance combinations finishing in 25th place at the FEI European Championships in The Netherlands on Saturday 6 September
• The experienced Norfolk-based rider and trainer was representing her country for the sixth time, a record for the sport
• Second British rider chosen to ride as an individual at the Championships, Carmine Villani, successfully completed four loops of the 160km track with his horse Vatou de Gargassan before departure from the competition at the fourth vetgate
• British bred horse Warrens Hill Chayze, bred by Lesley Dunn at her Warrens Hill Stud in Monmouthshire and produced to international level by British rider Harry Ingram before being sold to Spain, is crowned European Champion with Spanish rider Angel Soy Coll.
Nicki Thorne who has represented her country six times, more than any other British endurance rider at senior level, has sealed her place on the sport’s highest international stage earning a completion at an exceptionally tough FEI 3* 160km European Championship at Ermelo in The Netherlands.
Nicki and her Polish Malopolska mare Kamilcia finished the gruelling track over sand dunes, heathland and forest tracks in 25th place with a total ride time of 10 hr 30min and at a speed of 15.36km/hr. Of 55 starters from 19 countries, there were 28 finishers with a mixture of gait and metabolic reasons disqualifying the remaining 27 combinations...