Eventer Tina Cook already has two world titles in the bank – and the three-time Olympic medallist is now eyeing a third global crown.
With the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) set to get under way in Tryon, North Carolina this weekend, 13 days of competition lie ahead for the richly talented quintet who will be donning Britain’s colours stateside.
Cook and Piggy French spearhead the British eventing challenge, in a team which also contains WEG first-timers Tom McEwan, Gemma Tattersall and Ros Canter.
Cook is the experienced hand in the eventing squad and boasts a rich array of trophies and silverware on the biggest stages, including team golds at the 1994 and 2010 WEGs.
And the veteran rider, who also won team silver at London 2012 and bronze in Beijing 2008, as well as individual eventing bronze in the latter, is confident that the team has what it takes to bring home the top prize this time around.
“We’ve got a really strong team, everyone’s got good resolve, very strong characters and fantastic horses,” said Cook. “I think it’s my fifth World Equestrian Games and I’ve been on many different teams.
“But I think we will go out there with as good a chance of coming home with a gold medal as anyone – we all put in our personal best, the horses all travel out there well and we travel out there well.