Xanthe Proudly Rides for GB at European Championships for Ponies
We recently caught up with LVI girl Xanthe de Wesselow after she returned from Poland where she represented Great Britain at the FEI European Championships for Ponies.
Xanthe and her ride, Baramona Lass (Suzi), were selected to ride for Great Britain after a succession of top ten placings at events this year. They travelled to Strzegom in August and now they have their feet firmly back on home turf Xanthe shares her experience with us…
Congratulations on your selection for the GB Team Xanthe! Tell us how you prepared in the weeks leading up to the Championships.
I had to make sure both my pony and I were fit enough for the Championships. This involved lots of timed galloping, often in the heat of the day or with me wearing extra layers of clothing and Suzi wearing a rug to try and prepare us both for the hotter climate in Poland.
What was it like when you arrived in Poland?
It was actually raining a lot when we first arrived which put a bit of a dampener on the atmosphere, but it still felt really good, if a bit surreal, to be there. We decorated everything including the ponies’ stables with lots of GB flags and banners.
Which competition were you participating in?
I was competing in the CCI2*-L Pony European Eventing Championships. This involved a Dressage phase, a Cross Country phase and a Showjumping phase. These all took place on different days but the score from each counted towards the overall result.
Did Suzi take it all in her stride?
Yes, she definitely knew that we were participating in a big competition and felt really focused all week.
How did you do?
I finished 10th individually overall. After the Dressage, my weakest phase, I was lying in 24th place so it was very exciting to move up 14 places over the course of the competition.
Congratulations to Xanthe on such a successful summer in the saddle, we look forward to seeing what she and Suzi are destined for next.
(Images courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe).