WEST Sussex eventing competitors Kristina Cook and Gemma Tattersall were strong contributors to Britain’s success in that sport at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games last week.
Kristina and Billy The Red came into their own with an impressive clear round in show jumping, helping the British team secure the lowest team score in world championship history. The day also saw four British competitors in the top 20 at the event.
Kristina Cook and Billy The Red were in top form
Photo: Jon Stroud Media BEF
In the final show jumping phase, Rosalind Canter entered the arena as the final rider for GBR with Great Britain in the gold medal position, and she was individually sitting in silver, on her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B.
A text-book clear round from the Lincolnshire rider not only secured Great Britain as World Champions, but also confirmed an individual medal for Ros, and team Olympic qualification for Great Britain at Tokyo 2020.
In the team competition, Great Britain headed into showjumping with an 8.2 penalty advantage – or just two fences – over Ireland, and, after two clear rounds from Ireland’s team riders, the pressure mounted on the final three GBR combinations
After their incredible cross country on Saturday, West Sussex’s Gemma Tattersall got Britain underway in the showjumping phase, picking up 12 faults on The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul.
Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul in action
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Gemma said: “I’m gutted. Arctic Soul is an amazing horse but he just got a bit strong and keen today after the day off. He doesn’t owe me anything; he’s jumped a lot of clear rounds.”
Stars of the day were Great Britain’s individual combination, West Sussex’s Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy the Red, who rounded off their championships with a clear round.
Speaking about Billy The Red Tina Cook said: ” He is a world class horse. The way he performed today is a good step on the way to the Europeans next year and hopefully for Tokyo [Olympic Games] in 2020. It’s so competitive in Britain at the moment; you’ve got to be on your ‘A Game’ the whole time.”
Tom McEwen, based at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, was next in for the team and took an unlucky four faults from an otherwise impressive round on his own, Jane Inns and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser. Their completion score of 32.4 penalties meant that the gap between the team gold and silver had closed to just four faults with two team riders left to show jump.
The penultimate rider for GB, Northamptonshire’s Piggy French, also picked up four faults on Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo in the final show jumping combination on course, which reduced GBR’s advantage to just 0.2 of a penalty.
Richard Waygood MBE, Performance Manager for Eventing, said; “It’s been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together, they all went in there for the team and stuck to the system.
“It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence I knew she had it. Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo [Olympic Games] and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we’ve achieved both goals.”
Afterwards Gemma Tattersall said: “I’m gutted. Arctic Soul is an amazing horse but he just got a bit strong and keen today after the day off. He doesn’t owe me anything; he’s jumped a lot of clear rounds.”
Gold: Ros Canter and her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B (24.6)
9th: Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy the Red (31.5)
10th: Piggy French and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo (31.8)
12th: Tom McEwen and on his own, Jane Inns and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser (32.4)
30th: Gemma Tattersall and The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul (44.4)
Gold – Great Britain (88.8)
Silver – Ireland (93.0)
Bronze – France (99.8)
Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.