British Equestrian and the British Eventing selectors can today confirm the five horse and rider combinations that will form the squad of definite entries ahead of the FEI Eventing World Championship, set to take place in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy from 14–18 September this year.
Definite entries, listed in alphabetical order by athlete surname:
- Rosalind Canter (36) based in Hallington, Lincolnshire, with Michele Saul’s Lordships Graffalo (bay, gelding, 10yrs, 17hh, Grafenstolz x Rock King, Breeder: Lordships Stud Writtle College GBR, Groom: Sarah Charnley)
- Laura Collett (32) based in Salperton, Gloucestershire, with Karen Bartlett, Keith Scott and her own London 52 (bay, gelding, 13yrs, 16.3hh, Landos x Quinar, Breeder: Ocke Riewerts GER, Groom: Tilly Hughes)
- Yasmin Ingham (25) based in Nantwich, Cheshire, originally from the Isle of Man, with Janette Chinn and Sue Davies’ Banzai Du Loir (chestnut, gelding, 11yrs, 16.2hh, Nouma D’Auzay x Livarot, Breeder: Pierre Gouye FRA, Groom: Alison Bell)
- Tom McEwen (31) based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with Fred and Penny Barker, Jane Coppell and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser (bay, gelding, 15yrs, 16.1hh, Diamant de Semilly x Papillon Rouge, Breeder: Kerstin Drevet FRA, Groom: Francesca Gorni)
- Oliver Townend (39) based in Ellesmere, Shropshire, with Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class (grey, gelding, 14yrs, 16.2hh, s. Courage II, Breeder: Noel Hicky IRL, Groom: Charlotte Holifield)
Oliver also has been selected with a direct reserve ride, Paul and Diana Ridgeon’s Swallow Springs (grey, gelding, 14yrs, 16.2hh, Chillout x Cult Hero, Breeder: Maria Keating IRL)
The team of four and one individual may not be confirmed until the declaration of starters.
Reserve combinations, listed in alphabetical order by athlete surname:
- Sarah Bullimore (49) based in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, with the Kew Jumping Syndicate, Brett Bullimore and her own Corouet (chestnut, gelding, 11yrs, 15.2hh, Balou du Rouet x Lovis Corinth, Breeder: Sarah Bullimore GBR)
- Rosalind Canter (36) based in Hallington, Lincolnshire, Kate James and Annie Mackin’s Pencos Crown Jewel (bay, mare, 13yrs, 16.1hh, Jumbo x Rock King, Breeder: Mrs Pennie Wallace GBR)
- Kirsty Chabert (33) based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, with John Johnston and Carole Somers’ Classic VI (bay, mare, 13yrs, 16.1hh, s. Calvaro FC, Breeder: P. Charles GBR)
- William Fox- Pitt (53) based in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, with Jennifer Dowling and his own Little Fire (bay, gelding, 13yrs, 17hh, Graf Top x Heraldik, Breeder: Dr. Volker Steinkraus GER)
- Kitty King (39) based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, with Diana Bown, Sally Eyre, Samantha Wilson and Sally Lloyd-Baker’s Vendredi Biats (grey, gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, Winningmood x Camelia de Ruelles, Breeder: Phillipe Brivois FRA)
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.
British Equestrian is also extremely grateful for the support we enjoy from our partners – Bates Saddles, Dodson & Horrell, Fairfax & Favor, Haygain, NAF and Toggi – and team suppliers – Horseware, Lotus Romeo, Marksway Horsehage and Point Two. We’re indebted for the year-round support they provide to the World Class Programme and British teams, which helps us to best prepare for senior championships.