GBR squad named for the FEI European Eventing Championships

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Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson have been named as part of the British squad for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships held at Blair Castle, Scotland in September (10-13).

This event is the last major Championship before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where Great Britain will be represented having already qualified a team place after the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

The strong squad of 12 eventers have been named as (in alphabetical order) Laura Collett (25) with Grand Manoeuvre, Dani Evans (23) with Smart Time, William Fox-Pitt (46) with Bay My Hero, Pippa Funnell (46) with Sandman 7, Flora Harris (27) with Bayano, Kitty King (32) with Persimmon, Gemma Tattersall (30) with Arctic Soul, Izzy Taylor (32) with Allercombe Ellie, Oliver Townend (32) with Fenyas Elagance, Francis Whittington (37) with Easy Target, Nicola Wilson (38) with One Two Many and Holly Woodhead (21) with DHI Lupison.

Fenyas Elegance is a new ride for Oliver this year and not surprisingly is delighted with the news.

“I am very pleased to have been selected especially being such a new partnership. I am very excited and very proud of her.''

“We will keep quietly progressing and getting to know each other better and continue to build on the relationship we have established so far and continue to be successful; I am really pleased with how she has performed so far, especially with her third place in the CCI3* at Saumur in May.”

Nicola is also delighted with the news riding on One Two Many with her parents Annie Clover as direct reserve.

''It is such an honour and so exciting to have One Two Many selected for the European Championships with Annie Clover, both horses have been so consistent and a pleasure to work with.''

“It is especially exciting after the delay to the beginning of our season due to me breaking my collar bone that subsequently needed plating. It is credit to my home support team who worked so hard to keep the horses in tip-top shape and to my fantastic owners and sponsors who remained supportive and positive through this time.''

“Blair Castle is a really exciting event and hopefully the support there will be enormous for Team GBR. It’s just the most beautiful setting; the hills and the parkland really lend itself to a great cross-country track; I’ve been very fortunate to go and compete there so often, it has been a fantastic event for us over the years but I'm certain Ian Stark (course designer) will have some hidden surprises up his sleeve.''

The eventing competition sees all riders compete as individuals with the four team riders announced nearer the time, with the other eight riding as individuals only. Britain can field 12 combinations instead of the usual six at this championship because it is the host nation.

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July 24, 2015  |   Share: