Borders duo in with a shout for GB juniors

TWO junior eventers from the Borders have made the GB team long list for the European Junior Eventing Championships being held in Poland in September.

Isabella Innes Ker and Henny Cooper, both from the Kelso area, were selected, along with fellow scot Emily Ryder from Perth following three outstanding performances in the Junior National Championships at Glanusk, Wales.

Scotland dominated the CCI 1* competition, which was held over four days, with Isabella winning the class on Carolyn, Emily 10th on Miss Repertoire, and Henny 12th on Muirsland Dowrie.

Seventeen-year-old Isabella pulled out all the stops over the weekend to make the 18-hour round-trip worthwhile, winning the Hows-Racesafe National Under-18 title.

She took top honours riding the eight-year-old bay mare owned by her mother, the Duchess of Roxburghe, and was also 11th with another ride, Rosses Captain.

All three Scots were long-listed for the GB junior event team which consists of the top 20 under-18 event riders in the United Kingdom.

Henny, 18, has been helped throughout her preparation by Kelso-based Kiwi Caroline Powell, who has herself recently been selected to represent New Zealand in the Olympics on Lenamore.

The girls will now attend training camps for the squad and two further competitions to decide the final team of six who will travel to Strzegom in Poland in September to contest the European Championships representing Great Britain.