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[Somerset Guardian] Dani Evans confirmed her status as one of Britain’s brightest young equestrian stars by finishing third at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials last weekend.

The 21-year-old – tipped by the BBC as one to watch for the 2016 Rio Olympics – jumped a double clear on Raphael II, owned by Vanessa Watson of Bishop Sutton.

Dani Evans finished a fantastic third at the Chatsworth Horse Trials last weekend: Picture

Dani Evans finished a fantastic third at the Chatsworth Horse Trials last weekend. Picture: Somerset Guardian

That was enough to earn her a top-three finish in the International three-star CIC section, behind winner Andrew Nicholson and Badminton rider Aoife Clark.

The result capped a busy week for Evans, who has returned to her family base in Woollard after spending 2012 under the tutelage of three-day eventing legend Pippa Funnell.

She also competed at Aston-le-Walls in the Open Intermediate under-21 section G, where she placed third on Smart Time, fourth on Kali de L Aer and seventh on her own Herbst Golden Eclipse.

Evans was also invited to be a guinea pig for the dressage judges at the recent Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

In the next few weeks, she will be competing in international three-day events at Bramham in Yorkshire and Tattersalls in Ireland but her ultimate aim for 2013 is to earn selection for the European Young Rider Championships, which are being staged in Jardy, France, during September.

Read the full story at the Somerset Gaurdian…..

Somerset Guardian
16th May, 2013