Janou in GB Euro team
PUBLISHED: 13:43 11 July 2012
Copyright Adam Fanthorpe 2012
Sixteen-year-old Janou Bleekman from Cullompton has been selected to represent Britain on the Charles Owen British Pony Squad for the 2012 FEI Pony Europeans in Fontainebleau (FRA) on July 17-22, following a successful final trial at Barbury Castle in the Open Novice section.
Janou will be riding the mare, Cregaan Scenic, who was formerly campaigned by her elder sister Katie in what will be, unusually, an all-girl team.
Chairman of the Selectors of the Pony Team, Sarah Hancox comments on what is for the first time in several years, an all-girl team: “We were delighted with the way the girls rode at Barbury Castle over the weekend with all of the ponies looking on great form. The riders gelled well with each other, plus their families were all very supportive of them as a group which is so important for riders of this age.
“So, we head to Fontainebleau with a strong team of ponies and riders all of whom have had very good form this season and who all have definitely earned their place on the squad. We can safely say that they are all extremely excited to be heading to France!"
The squad comprises six combinations where four will represent Britain as a team and the remaining two riders will represent Britain as Individuals; the team of four will be named following the initial veterinary inspection at Fontainebleau.