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Speirs finishes ninth in Germany

Updated: Monday, 29 Sep 2008 15:08

Speirs finishes ninth in Germany

Ireland’s Camilla Speirs once again jumped five places in the Young Rider European Eventing Championships on Sunday to finish in ninth place overall, while Sam Dempsey improved by three places to finish in 21st.

Kildare-born Speirs, 19, had just one fence down in the show
jumping phase at Kreuth in Germany with the eight year-old Irish-bred bay gelding 'Portersize Just a Jiff' and finished on a score of 56.10 after holding 14th place overnight.

20-year-old Sam Dempsey from Wicklow improved from 24th to 21st place, with 12 faults in show jumping on the Irish-bred gelding 'Teldon'.

Afterwards a delighted Speirs, who was making her Young Rider European Championship debut at Kreuth, said: ‘I'm absolutely thrilled. The horse is still relatively young, but we put in a lot of hard work over the summer, and it really paid off here.

'He simply flew round the cross country course, where we had a zero score, and we had just one fence down in show jumping. He has certainly stepped up his game.’

Chef d'Equipe Julia Watson added: ‘We had two really solid
performances here this weekend, and it certainly gives us a lot of
hope for the future.’

Britain's Emily Llewellyn overtook German rider Julia Krajewski to
take the Championship Gold Medal, while another British rider, Ben Hobday, claimed Bronze.

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