Great Britain's Bubby Upton wins two medals at the FEI Eventing European Championship for Young Riders & Juniors
Herringswell’s Bubby Upton has been celebrating a double-medal haul from her outing at the FEI Eventing European Championship for Young Riders & Juniors in The Netherlands.
On board her nine-year-old horse Cola, Upton earned a silver medal in the individual section of the competition.
And she went one better in the team event, helping Great Britain to be crowned European champions.
“I am really thrilled. Cola is an incredibly special horse and it was fantastic that he was able to show how classy he is,” said the 20-year-old, who is currently studying at Edinburgh University.
“There was quite a lot of expectation on him going into the competition because he was the only horse to have represented Great Britain before at under-21 level. A lot of people were expecting great things, especially after he won the British trial.
“That brings with it some pressure, but the only real pressure I felt was to do him justice. Rather than target a particular place or a particular medal, I just wanted to make sure he could do everything to the best of his ability.
“In the eventing world so many things can go against you, but he was amazing and I could not have been prouder.”
The competition in Maarsbergen, just outside of Amsterdam, marked Upton’s fifth appearance as part of a British squad.
However, it was the first time she had come away with a combined medal.
“It was fantastic to win both medals. To get a silver individually is brilliant,” she added. “But it was my first ever team gold medal and that is so special.
“The team morale was great so to cap it off by finishing first was amazing.”
Upton will be competing most weekends between now and the end of the season, while she and Cola are also set to be in action at Blenheim Palace in September.
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