Scotland’s Robyn Smith makes Young Rider Shortlist

Congratulations to Robyn Smith on being named a shortlisted rider for NAF Young Rider, Junior and Children on Horses teams for the European Championships in Roosendaal, the Netherlands on 9 – 13 August 2017.

Here at EQy Magazine we love to see the Up and Coming Riders that we choose every year going on to acheive great things and so we were delighted to see that when British Dressage Young Rider and Junior Selectors, Andrea Smith, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert, released their short list of riders in contention for a place on the teams, that 21-year-old Robyn Smith from Jackton in East Kilbride is named with her mother, Gail Smith’s 19 year old gelding, Foold Uz.

Above: Robyn Smith. Image courtesy of

Robyn, whom we featured in EQy in 2016 is a student at Loughborough University, and has been on the HorseScotland performance squad since she was 12 years old. In the last few years she has gone from strength to strength – her accolades include:

  • 2016 Young Rider Team bronze Saumur CDIO3*
  • 2016 Ranked 21st in World Young Rider Rankings
  • 2016 British Young Riders Team for European Dressage Championships
  • 2015 British Young Riders Team for European Dressage Championships
  • 2015 Scottish Elementary Champion
  • 2015 Scottish Medium Champion
  • 2015 Scottish PSG Champion

NAF Young Rider complete Short List:

Rebecca Edwards (20) from Reading, Berkshire with Dr Margaret Cox’s Ufano II (grey, stallion, 15.2hh, 16yrs, s. Indeciso), Dr Margaret Cox and Leigh Edwards’ Don Archie (bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 13yrs, s. Dimaggio) and Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Delegate (chestnut, gelding, 16.1hh, 14yrs, s. Dimaggio)
Charlotte Fry (21) from Scarborough, North Yorkshire with Anne Van Olst and her own Dark Legend (dark bay, gelding, 17hh, 9yrs, s. Zucchero) and Anne Van Olst’s Everdale (black, stallion, 17.2hh, 8yrs, s. Lord Leatherdale)
Ellie McCarthy (20) from New Milton, Hampshire with Olivia Oakeley’s Donna Summer (chestnut, gelding, 16hh, 16yrs, s. Dimaggio)
Lauren Phillips (21) from Crow, Hampshire with her own Hot Chocolate (black, mare, 15.2hh, 9yrs, s. Hoffenstein)
Robyn Smith (21) from Jackton, East Kilbride with Gail Smith’s Foold Uz (bay, gelding, 16.1hh, 19yrs, s. Fulton)
Joanna Thurman-Baker (19) from Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire with Samantha Thurman-Baker’s Highcliffe Apollo (bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 15yrs, s. Der Lenz)

NAF Junior Short List

Ottilie Bardsley (17) from Somerford Booths, Cheshire with Sharon Bardsley’s Darina O (chestnut, mare, 16hh, 9yrs, s. Vivaldi)
Emily Bradshaw (18) from Parkgate, Cheshire with Susan Bradshaw’s Remarkable (brown, gelding, 16hh, 19yrs, s. Royal Diamond)
Jade Ellery (18) from Los Cortijops, Spain with her own Porsches Eloy (chestnut, gelding, 16.2hh, 14yrs, s. Earl)
Alexandra Hellings (17) from Bakewell, Derbyshire with Sonia Baines’ Uvender V (bay, gelding, 16hh, 16yrs, s. Krack C)
Abbie Newbury (18) from Chippenham, Wiltshire with Tessa Thorne’s Disneyland (liver chestnut, gelding, 16.1hh, 8yrs, s. Diamond Hit)
Maddy Whelan (14) from Hailey, Oxfordshire with Peta Claridge’s Monsieur Pomerol (bay, gelding, 16hh, 16yrs, s. Riccione)

NAF Children on Horses Short List

Lily Payne (13) from Leverton, Lincolnshire with Anne Savage’s Beckhouse Cancara (black, mare, 15.1hh, 11yrs)

Final team selection will take place at the Pre-European Team Camp, 8 -9 July, with the team announcement due week commencing Monday 10 July.

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