Isla Sully wins at Aachen


  • Junior European workforce bronze medallist Isla Sully rounded off her breakthrough 12 months by successful the Aachen Youngstars Junior Champion title.

    It was 15-year-old Isla’s first time at Aachen and with the Lusitano gelding Vagabond de Massa she rose from tenth place within the workforce check with 68.88%, to prime the leaderboard within the particular person check with 71.22% and the freestyle with 74.79%.



    Travelling to Aachen was a last-minute choice for the mixture, who had been on the British junior workforce that gained bronze this summer season, however had not been planning to go to the occasion the week earlier than.

    “I had thought we’d convey Vagabond’s season to an finish as a result of they’d each been so busy and had already accomplished so nicely,” mentioned Isla’s mum Cassandra.

    “Then at 4 o’clock on Monday, we had a change of coronary heart, so I phoned Sharon Weir [British Dressage’s under-21 international officer] to see if we might nonetheless go, and he or she mentioned ‘You’ve obtained one hour to resolve if you wish to go or not earlier than the entries shut.’

    “So we thought ‘Let’s do it’, as a result of how typically do you get the chance to experience at Aachen? Let’s simply go there and luxuriate in it. We shortly phoned her coach, Alex Harrison, to see if he might come and from there it simply type of fell collectively.”

    Cassandra mentioned they went with no expectation of successful however hoping for a top-10 end.

    “As a mum, I by no means care what outcomes are available, I simply need her to get pleasure from it, go to mattress on time and keep hydrated,” she mentioned. “However to look at her win in Aachen, I used to be misplaced for phrases.”

    Isla Sully has been coaching with Alex at Collective Equestrian for nearly two years. In addition to educating, Alex rides to a excessive degree and is the UK’s youngest checklist one decide, which Cassandra believes has contributed to Isla’s success.

    “Alex is a legend, to have a decide who additionally rides as your coach provides you a unique perspective, and helps clear up issues in a approach that creates ends in the ring,” she mentioned.

    “Isla and him simply gel. She used to name his classes drilling classes as a result of he’s tremendous aggressive, and he or she loves that.

    “They know one another so nicely now that there’s by no means any misunderstanding, she trusts him fully. He helps her with goal-setting and planning her season, which Isla takes nice consolation in.”

    With success right here and success on the Junior European Championships, the longer term seems brilliant for Isla Sully, however with GCSEs across the nook, she and Vagabond are taking on daily basis because it comes for now.

    “Isla is extraordinarily devoted and conscientious, and he or she’d love to enter horses however she’s additionally began fascinated with the place she needs to go to college, and I believe it’s smart to have that stability,” Cassandra mentioned.

    “The strain that these younger riders tackle is unbelievable, so to look at them preserve going on the market time and again and performing is superb.”

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