British Equestrian and the British Dressage selectors can today confirm the eight horse and rider combinations that will form their list of nominated entries ahead of the FEI Para Dressage European Championship, set to take place in Riesenbeck, Germany, from 5–10 September this year.
Nominated entries, listed by grade then in alphabetical order by athlete surname:
- Gabriella Blake (30) from Newark, Lincolnshire, with her own Strong Beau (grey, gelding, 14yrs, s. Blackthorn, Breeder: Ms S. Amos GBR)
- Georgia Wilson (27) from Abergele, North Wales, with Geoff and Julie Wilson and her own Sakura (chestnut, mare, 9yrs, 16hh, Supertramp x Woodlander Rockstar, Breeder: Geri Eilberg GBR) and Faside Got The Love (bay, gelding, 7yrs, 16hh, Grey Flanell x San Amour, Breeder: Mrs V. Sandison GBR)
- Nicola Naylor (62) from Ashford, Kent, with Rosalind Emery Kay and her own Humberto L (bay, gelding, 11yrs, 16.2hh, Cachet L x Haarlem, Breeder: J. Lamers NED)
- Isobelle Palmer (22) from Leeds, Yorkshire, with Catherine Austin’s Je Suis Adiva (black, mare, 9yrs, 16.2hh, Negro x Fabriano, Breeder: C. Wood NED)
- Charlotte Cundall (38) from Malton, North Yorkshire, with The Veyron Partnership’s FJ Veyron (chestnut, gelding, 13yrs, 17.2hh, s. Vivaldi, Breeder: Active Equestrian GBR)
- Sophie Wells (33) from Harby, Lincolnshire, with Rowland Kinch’s Don Cara M (dark bay, gelding, 14yrs, 16.3hh, Don Jovi x Rafurstinels, Breeder: H. M. Melis NED) and The Lady Joseph Trust’s LJT Egebjerggards Samoa (black, mare, 7yrs, 16.1hh, St Schrufo x Gribaldi, Breeder: Anders Green Hansen DEN)
At the time of release, the names of the travelling grooms who will support the athletes and horses have not been confirmed, but will be included in the final squad announcement.
Selection decisions are subject to the athlete and horse maintaining fitness and performance, and this list may be amended at any point prior to the announcement of definite entries. The selected squad of four combinations who will travel to Riesenbeck, plus reserves, will be announced later in August.
The funding that the British Equestrian World Class Programme receives from the National Lottery and UK Sport is pivotal in preparing our teams for senior championships and supporting them on the ground.
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