Charlotte secures double gold with GB

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Teenager Charlotte Ash, a pupil at Ponteland High School, has helped Great Britain win double gold in the Pony Nations Cup.

Firstly, after European trials held at Chepstow, Charlotte, 15, was selected for a five-rider British team to travel to Bonheiden, Belgium, on May 17.

Of the five riders, only four would be chosen for the final team, Charlotte performed brilliantly in the preliminary warm-up rounds and was selected as the ‘anchor man’ riding last in each round, with added pressure.

Seven nations competed over two rounds.

It was a nail-biting finish, with the final result going down to the wire, but Team GB kept their nerve, and took gold, closely followed by Netherlands, and the host nation Belgium.

In the next European trials in Cheshire, Charlotte was selected to compete in the Nations Cup event in Hagen, Germany, last Friday.

Charlotte was second to go, with her mother Shirley’s 10 year-old bay gelding Aughnashammer.

Two stylish rounds saw a delighted Charlotte return home with a textbook double clear under her belt.

For the third consecutive year, GB won the Hagen competition, relegating the German home team into second place, while the French riders finished in third.

Pony Nations Cup – final results: 1st Great Britain – 0 faults; 2nd Germany – 4 faults; 3rd France – 10 faults.