Chloe clinches eighth place for Great Bri­tain

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SIXTH form stu­dent Chloe Vell bat­tled swel­ter­ing 40 de­gree tem­per­a­tures to bag eighth place in an in­ter­na­tional eques­trian com­pe­ti­tion.

Chloe, 17, who lives on Dun­bah Lane in Prest­bury, was part of the Great Bri­tain team in the U18 dres­sage sec­tion at the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for Eques­trian Sports’ Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Vi­dauban in south west France.

The teenager’s mum and dad, Tracey and Mike, joined their daugh­ter for the week- long com­pe­ti­tion.

The Withing­ton Girls’ School pupil’s team got off to a good start on the first day, achiev­ing a score of 67.6 per cent in the team test, rank­ing them eighth out of 15 coun­tries over­all in­clud­ing France, Italy, Ger­many and Rus­sia.

The sec­ond day also be­gan well, with the young­ster, who has 45 caps to her name, in the lead af­ter her trot work for which she was scored 72 per cent.

The re­main­der of the day proved more of a chal­lenge though, with Chloe’s horse Kaja fi­nally buck­ling in the heat and re­duc­ing Chloe’s score dra­mat­i­cally.

Chloe’s mum Dr Tracey Vell, said: “Kaja mis­be­haved badly, so the day ended in dis­ap­point­ment af­ter a promis­ing start but the com­pe­ti­tion was still a tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence for Chloe.

“She en­joyed be­ing part of a team, as it’s usu­ally such an in­di­vid­ual sport, and she en­joyed meet­ing her rid­ing friends from other coun­tries.”

The school­girl, who hopes to study medicine, was first cho­sen to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain for dres­sage at the age of 12.

She has been a keen rider since the age of four and was one of just four riders rep­re­sent­ing Great Bri­tain in her age group at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Train­ing three times per week with her horse, the pair will both now have a well-earned rest.

Chloe said: “This was my sec­ond Euro­peans. I’m de­lighted that we got through again and hope­fully Kaja will be on bet­ter be­hav­iour next time!”

●● Chloe Vell and horse Kaja at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for Ju­nior and Young Riders in France

●● Visi­tors line up at the free ten­nis taster day at Prest­bury Ten­nis Club

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