Double delight at Euros for Bakewell teen

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Alexandra Hellings returned from the FEI European Championships for Ponies with Team Great Britain Dressage in Ireland with two medals.

The 15-year-old from Bakewell added individual dressage bronze to a team silver during the five-day tournament from July 29 to August 3 at Millstreet in Ireland.

She rode her seven-year-old gelding Der Kleine Lord ‘Lordy’ as she took the individual competition test bronze medal against a host of competitors from across Europe, losing out on silver by the slimmest of margins.

In the team event, with the best three from four rides to count, Alexandra’s excellent score helped secure silver medals for Great Britain as Germany claimed gold.

With both Alexandra and Lordy taking part in their first Euros she was not expected to become only the second British Pony rider ever to win an individual medal - a feat achieved in only their second season of international competition together.

Alexandra, from the village of Little Longstone near Bakewell, has trained with International Grand Prix rider Sonia Baines at Dunston Park Equestrian Centre in Chesterfield for almost seven years, beginning her career on a Shetland cross.

She is the third person to make the Euros from the renowned competition and livery yard and now hopes to build on this Euro success with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo a personal ambition of the teenager.