Corbridge teenager Adam Gillespie in frame to represent Britain

Corbridge teenager Adam Gillespie has been long-listed to represent Britain at the 2013 FEI European Eventing Junior Championships

Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillespie has impressed at Western Park, Withington and Houghall Horse Trials

Corbridge teenager Adam Gillespie has been long-listed to represent Britain at the 2013 FEI European Eventing Junior Championships.

The 18-year-old’s selection was based on his combined results after competing in Western Park, Withington and Houghall Horse Trials over the last four months.

He has now been asked to compete in a three further events – Barbury, Cholmondeley Castle and Aston-le-Walls Horse Trials – and he will have to score highly at these competitions to be chosen as one of the final six to represent Britain at the championship held in Haras de Jardy, France, on September 12-15.

Adam, who also works part-time in his family’s company Activ, said: “I have such a supportive team behind me, including my family, and I’m very grateful to them all for their support in helping me to become one of the top junior eventing riders in the UK and now the only rider from the North East to be long-listed to compete in the FEI European Eventing Junior Championships since 2007.”

German Olympic coach Chris Bartle has been helping Adam with his training.

He said: “Adam has worked really hard and put in a lot of effort to get to the level he’s at now, and I couldn’t be more proud that he’s been long-listed for the FEI European Eventing Junior Championships.”

Adam has four horses to compete on – Activ Limited Edition, Culmore Edition, Gray Fin Bouncer and Kasseedorf – all of which are stabled at his home in Corbridge, Northumberland.

He is now on the hunt for sponsorship.

“I’m currently looking for a number of sponsors to help me in taking part in the next three events in the hope that I will then be selected to represent Britain in Jardy in September this year,” he said.

Mr Bartle added: “Sponsorship would be beneficial to both Adam and his potential benefactors. There will be plenty of opportunities for businesses to promote their brands as gaining a place on the squad would then create more opportunities for Adam to compete at a professional level.”

:: The Northern Show Cross Series 2013 is under way with the Grand Final being held at the Countryside Live event at the Great Yokshire Showground, Harrogate, on October 19.

Catterick was the first venue of the series and the next event will be at Todburn in Northumberland on July 7. At the end of the series, the top 20 riders in each section, which goes from 80cm to 1m, will go forward to the grand final.

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