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Jenny Rankin thrilled to share in Young Riders' European glee

By Ruth Loney

Ulster showumper Jenny Rankin was part of the gold medal winning European Young Rider squad which are the new European Champions.

Rankin,who hails from Omagh was a team reserve and took to the podium with her colleagues after their major win at Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, County Cork, also finishing 11th overall in the individual final for Young Riders.

She explained: "Baccarat is owned by Deirdre Bourns and has performed well over the weekend. Although I was reserve for the team and the boys did all the hard work, I am delighted to be part of the gold medal squad.

"We have had a marvellous week in Millstreet and competing against top class competition. It has been a wonderful experience and I would like to thank everyone who supported us.

"I was delighted to finish 11th overall as an individual rider with colleague Michael Duffy taking ninth."

Commandant John Ledingham, team chief and a former leading international rider, thanked every parent, groom and owner as well as Horsesport Ireland for their support. He paid particular attention to those who had loaned horses and said it was Ireand's first ever European gold medal for Young Riders.

Meanwhile up and coming Irish rider Michael Pender partnered Sheikh It, owned by Sheikha Maitha Maktoum of Dubai, to finish 12th overall in the European Junior championships.

Pender gave a polished performance on the borrowed stallion to impress, finishing on 10.29 penalties.

Derryman David Simpson - who is to marry fellow show jumper Louise Pavitt in two weeks' time - has won the Queen Elizabeth Cup at the Royal International Show, Hickstead.

He had the fastest of three double clear rounds with his horse, Chessy 17, and is the fifth man to lift the famous trophy in a class which was opened to both sexes in 2008.

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