Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Win Sees Youngster Clinch British Spot; Horsebox Allen's Double Catches Eye

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Win Sees Youngster Clinch British Spot; Horsebox Allen's Double Catches Eye

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Byline: NEIL B JONES

STAINSBY Grange Equestrian Centre-based 14-year-old show jumper Pippa Allen clinched a GB team place for the second consecutive year after picking off a double win in the John Whitaker International Winter Classic and Junior Grand Prix in Warwickshire.

Allen was one of 23 starters in the John Whitaker International Junior Grand Prix and jumped a clear round in a jump-off to win the class on Peter Allen's Spot The Lady in a time of 41.27 seconds.

She claimed another victory in the John Whitaker International Winter Classic. From a starting field of 19 riders, two clear rounds made it through to the jump off.

Again riding Spot The Lady, Allen finished in a time of 46.06secs in front to second-placed James Smith on Mr Nice Guy in a time of 49.19secs.

Within 24 hours it was announced she would join the John Whitaker International Pony Team who will represent Great Britain at the 2008 Pony European Championships to be held in Avenches, Switzerland next week.

This will be her second year appearing in the team with Spot the Lady - having been a member of last year's British gold medal winning team in Freudenberg.

Joining her on the team is 16-year-old James Smith, from Kirkcudbright, with Leona Smith's 12-year-old black gelding Mr Nice Guy.

He is also familiar with medal success, having been a member of last year's British gold-medal winning team and also the individual bronze medal.

Jessie Drea from West Sussex rides Lynne Humphries' nine year-old bay gelding Quantum Light and George Whitaker from Huddersfield with Christopher McSharry's 10-year-old coloured gelding The Colour of Money are also competing.

A fifth member, Emma Stoker from Goole, rides Sarah Stoker's 11-year-old bay gelding Peron III. For the last decade Great Britain's pony riders have had an outstanding medal tally at the Pony European Championships taking 10 team gold medals and one team silver in the last 11 years. …

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