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Gemma Owen, the dressage rider topped runner-up of Love Island 2022

  • Worldwide dressage rider Gemma Owen has emerged as runner-up of Love Island 2022. After eight weeks within the Love Island villa in Majorca, Gemma, 19, and her companion Luca Bish, 23, completed second within the ultimate of the ITV2 present on Monday, 1 August.

    Cheshire-based Gemma, daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen, now a racehorse proprietor and breeder, has loved a extremely profitable worldwide dressage profession in youth ranks, representing Britain on the 2021 European Junior Championships in Oliva, Spain, driving her personal 17-year-old Stedinger gelding Sirius Black.

    Gemma and Sirius Black have additionally competed as much as inter I degree nationally, and scored a private better of 73.53% at prix st georges (PSG) in January this 12 months.

    Gemma’s final present earlier than getting into the Love Island villa was Myerscough Premier League in March, the place she completed third in each the staff and particular person younger rider assessments, having solely stepped as much as the extent this 12 months.

    Gemma Owen was not the one worldwide dressage rider to seem on Love Island 2022. Her coach, grand prix rider Sarah Higgins, featured on the penultimate episode, wherein members of the family and buddies be part of the contestants within the villa to catch up and meet their companions. Sarah joined Gemma’s mom Louise on the present, saying that she is “so proud” of Gemma, who “has been superb from begin to end”.

    Sarah has been competing Sirius Black alongside her different horses this 12 months whereas Gemma ready for her stint on Love Island – Sarah and “Siz” scored a prix st georges win at Keysoe Premier League in April, and an inter I third at Somerford Premier League on the finish of Could.

    “Me and Sirius can’t watch for [Gemma] to be again this week,” mentioned Sarah.

    Gemma travelled again to the UK on Wednesday, 2 August, with the opposite Love Island finalists. In addition to seeing household, Gemma is certain to be eager to meet up with her junior dressage teammates, who loved big success on the 2022 Junior and Younger Rider European Championships final week.

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