Pony European Championships at Bishop Burton College Hailed a Huge Success

Pony European Championships at Bishop Burton College Hailed a Huge Success

Chef d’Equipe of Team GB’s winning eventing team, Jill Barker, declared the cross country course at the East Yorkshire College “one of the very best in the world”.

“The course was in superb condition, an absolute credit to the Bishop Burton team,” said Jill, speaking after her team’s double success - scooping both the team and individual gold medals.

“It is definitely the most beautiful course and the questions it kept asking means it must rank as one of the very best in the world. “

Bishop Burton’s Equine Director, Kim Knightley, said her personal highlight of the week’s competition was Saturday’s cross country phase of the eventing.

“So much hard work goes on behind the scenes, so when it all comes together on the day it’s very special,” she said. “Our course designer, ground staff - everybody - did a tremendous job.”

Her thoughts on all the work that had gone on behind the scenes in the championships were echoed by Bill Meredith, Chief Executive and Principal of the college.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the way these championships have gone,” said Mr Meredith.

“All our staff have done a fantastic job; really stepping up to the challenges. We’ve had academic staff helping out with the catering and others getting stuck in and helping with car parking, stewarding - any job that needed doing.

“Events like this, with the whole team helping out, make me really proud. Of course, the fact Great Britain finished the competition off with the gold medal has made it all the more memorable.”

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