West Sussex rider Jessie Drea (22) has been called up for the British showjumping squad as travelling reserve after Ben Maher’s ride Cella picked up an injury during training. This means that the 12-year-old grey mare owned by Janes Forbes Clak, and her rider, are now out of the show jumping event at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Jessie Drea (22) is now travelling reserve with Lynne Humphries’ 13-year old-chestnut mare Touchable.
The GB team to contest the jumping competition which runs on Tuesday September2 – Sunday 7 September 2014 is named as (in alphabetical order):
- Scott Brash MBE (28) from Scotland with Lady Kirkham & Lord & Lady Harris’ Hello Sanctos
- Joe Clee (36) based in Belgium with Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines
- Spencer Roe (21) from Lincolnshire with Sally Roe’s Wonder Why
- Michael Whitaker (54) from Nottinghamshire entered on Viking V, owned by Michael himself
Chef d’mission Will Connell commented: “It is sad that Cella, with all her experience, is out of the competition, however I am pleased that Jessie who is a talented up and coming rider gets the opportunity to go to her first senior Championship.”
Jessie is a UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider. Having been a part of the winning Division Two team at the CSIO3* Nations Cup in Odense, Denmark, earlier in the year, the combination also helped the team to an overall fourth place in their first Division one call up for the Nations Cup at the CS105* CHIO Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Jessie and Touchable gained invaluable International experience when representing Great Britain out at the CSI2* Test Event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (June 26-29 , finishing just outside the top ten in the 1m45 class.