In the last week of July, Sam Ecroyd and his pony Three Wells Breeze, travelled to Poland for the Pony European Championships, the top international competition for ponies run by the FEI (Federation Equestrian Internationale) . Sam was picked to be one of the team of 4 to represent Team GB and elected to go in anchor position, - last. With a personal best dressage and clear and in the time across country, Sam was in 5th place going into the show jumping, but breathing hard on those in front of him. This created a real pressure situation and the show jumping was amazingly tense. Sam, cool as ice, and Breeze, seemingly unaffected by her cross country exertions the day before, executed a perfect fault free round to be the only rider and pony in the top 11 to jump clear. This was good enough to bring Team bronze and gain Sam an amazing individual silver medal. Apart from those partnering one pony, (the superstar Noble Springbok who has carried three different riders to Europeans medals), Sam is the first Briton for ten years to gain an individual medal.
So Sam has now won European medals in subsequent years on two different ponies, establishing himself as a rider with serious talent. Although he has officially two more years before he is too old for pony classes, Sam has decided now to concentrate on horses and so faces a huge challenge in the year ahead.