Gemma Tattersall makes history

Gemma Tattersall made history at the weekend by being the first female rider to win a leg of the Event Rider Masters.

History makers Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V en-route to winning Leg 1 of the 2017 Event Riders Masters

History makers Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V en-route to winning Leg 1 of the 2017 Event Riders Masters

Taking the title at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Gemma rode her Olympic horse, Quicklook V to victory with a final score of 36.9 and picked up the winners cheque for £16,000. 

Quicklook V, who is owned by the Pebbles syndicate, was competing at this level for the first time since the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Following a clear showjumping round, Tattersall set out on the Chatsworth cross-country in pole position.

They jumped a faultless round and completed with 3.2 time penalties.

Their finishing score secured the combination a personal best at this level and sets a record for the lowest Event Rider Masters finishing score. 

Gemma, visibly delighted on the ERM podium said: “Quicklook V was absolutely foot perfect in all three phases. I am so proud of her. 

"My main aim is to win the Event Rider Masters series, and I have set out this year to do just that. I have some top classes horses to aim at it and can’t wait for the next one.”  

Germany’s Bettina Hoy received compensation after a disappointing Badminton last week, finishing second on the ERM podium riding Designer 10.   

The pair started out on cross country behind Tattersall after showjumping clear, but adding one time penalty.

They completed the cross country on 40.6 adding no jumping faults and just 1.2 time, securing Bettina her first podium spot.

The next leg of the Event Rider Masters is at the Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany) 2nd-3rd June.

A highlights programme of Leg 1 will be aired across global TV channels from Thursday 18 May, including Sky Sports in the UK at 7pm.

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