South of Scotland Select vaulters made a solid start to their season when competing in their first international of 2015 in Belgium.
The junior team of Shannon Purves, Emma Counsell, Charlie Lochhead, Henry Johnston Smith, Elsa Hibbert and Minta Younger put in a solid set of compulsories and a clean first-round freestyle to finish in 10th place and therefore progress to the second round.
With round two only being freestyle, they again put in a good performance and were delighted to move up a place and finish in ninth. For Henry, Elsa and Minta this was a first trip with the squad and all performed admirably. The team vaulted on Royal Dalton, lunged by Rebecca Hewit.
Emma Counsell and Aimee Gille vaulted in the 1* Pairs class. The competition consisted of a compulsory round and a freestyle round, and they performed well in both and finished in second position. They also vaulted on Royal Dalton, this time lunged by Stacey Macpherson from Eccles, who was making her debut as an international lunger.
Charlie Lochhead vaulted in the male junior individual class and finished in a strong fourth place. With the highest freestyles in his class, he now has the qualifying score for this year’s Junior World Championships. Charlie vaulted on Bankey Moon, lunged by Rebecca Hewit.
Shannon Purves and Emma Counsell also vaulted as individuals in the female section. Both put in good performances, but neither made it through to the second round.
Macpherson also vaulted in the senior 3* class on Bankey Moon and with three solid rounds was pleased to achieve a score over six.
The squad would like to thank everyone who helped and supported them on the trip, with special mentions for Anna Marie Macpherson, who organises everything from the travel arrangements to the food; Ann Rogerson for her help and support as Chef d’Equipe and Alistair Jeffrey, who drove the horses out for Eric Gillie Transport and then was the most superb groom and cook for the whole squad throughout the week.