The British Equestrian Federation has announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded eventing squad that will compete at the FEI European Championships in Strzegom, Poland (17 – 20 August 2017).
Tina Cook will travel to her eighth Europeans as the most experienced rider on the team and Rosalind Canter will make her championship debut.
Five of the selected horses will make senior championship debuts whilst The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V will travel to her second consecutive major championship. The selected squad has been named by British Eventing selectors as (alphabetical order):
Rosalind Canter, 31, based in Lincolnshire, with Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B
Kristina (Tina) Cook, 46, based in West Sussex, with Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red
Piggy French, 36, based in Leicestershire, with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo
Gemma Tattersall, 32, based in West Sussex, with Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V
Oliver Townend, 34, based in Shropshire, with Angela Hislop’s Cooley SRS
Nicola Wilson, 40, based in North Yorkshire, with James and Jo Lambert’s Bulana
Tina is also selected with Pip Wates, Ailsa Wates and Equine Aqua Training’s Calvino II as a direct reserve.
The final team of four and two individuals will be announced on arrival in Strzegom.
First and second reserves are (in numerical order):
Sarah Cohen, 43, based in Leicestershire, with Preci-Spark Ltd and Elizabeth Jones’s Treason
Alexander Bragg, 36, based in Somerset, with Sally Ellicot’s Zagreb
Performance Manager, Richard Waygood MBE commented: “I am very excited about this year’s Europeans. We have a strong squad who are all up for the challenge and willing to fight every inch of the way.
“The selectors have had their work cut out as there has been quality and depth to choose from. I am equally excited for the owners who have all shown great commitment in making their horses available for the Championships.
“We are only able to deliver at this level thanks to our backing from the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme and our sponsors.”
British Eventing Chief Executive, David Holmes said: “The British Eventing senior selectors have picked an exciting squad for the 2017 European Eventing Championships; combining both experience and current form. It is great to see new talent coming through with Ros Canter and five of the horses making their senior championship debut. There have been some impressive results from British riders this year, which will have made the decision for selectors very tough – and it is also encouraging to see such strength in our British combinations.
“Thank you in particular to the owners who have made their horses available and to the World Class staff and support teams – we wish Dickie and Chris the very best of luck in Poland at their first Championships in charge of the British squad.”