South vaulters selected for European trip

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A BORDERS equestrian team is jumping for joy this week after being selected for the 2013 European Championships.

The South of Scotland Select vaulters are delighted to have made the grade for the event, which will be held in Vienna between August 1-4.

They have had a great year winning the first selection trial and going on to win the international competition in Saumur, France.

They have a new horse this year, Ardblae Dickie Snow – owned by Philip Hewit – who has been outstanding so far and will be lunged by Rebecca Hewit.

Ziggourney, owned by Pippa Hahn and lunged by Helen Rogerson, will also travel out with the team. She carried the team to second place at the Belgium International.

The team members are Stacey Macpherson, Charlie Lochhead, Sophie Aitchison, Emma Counsell, Shannon Purves, Izzy Kyle and Sam Kyle.

This weekend they will have their final competition run at the first international in Scotland to be held at Oatridge College at Edinburgh. This will then be followed by some final intensive training before heading for Vienna.