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EQUESTRIAN: Rory saddles up with success
6:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
RORY Capel, aged 17, of Wootton Courtenay near Minehead has returned from Denmark with a silver medal from the Mounted Games Association’s world individual championships.
His efforts make him No 1 in Great Britain and Europe.
Rory and his pony Peppi took part in the 17 years and under junior section of the competition against 60 of the world’s finest pony and rider combinations. Over the week long competition in Copenhagen, which ran from July 22 to July 29, the competitors took part in three scoring heats. The 16 riders on the highest points then went forward to the semi final. Rory rode a tactical semi final, getting himself enough points without rushing the races and going into the eight rider final in 4th place. For the ten race final everyone’s points go back to 0, so there is no advantage from what position you qualify in.
The final was incredibly fast and by half way four exceptional riders including Rory, had pulled away from the others. Going into the last race, reigning World Champion Mackenzie Taylor on her pony Ink Spot was on equal points with Rory, and after having a slightly better start in the last race, just beat him to take the Gold medal. The Bronze medal went to Colin Verdalan of France on Spy and in 4th place was Josh Ryder from Scotland on Gunner.
This year Rory is Welsh Pairs Champion (with Scottish finalist Josh Ryder), and was a European Championships semi finalist in the Open Individuals in Ireland (where there is no junior section). He rides for the British Championship team Monmouth in The Mounted Games Association where he is trained by Iain Hopkins. For the World Individual Championships he was trained by mum, Bella.