British eventing team selected for Austrian leg of the FEI Nations Cup

An all-female squad has been selected to represent Great Britain at the fourth competition in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup series, taking place in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on 30 June – 2 July.

Kirsty Johnston at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials [Photo: Adam Fanthorpe]

Kirsty Johnston at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials [Photo: Adam Fanthorpe]

In alphabetical order, the team will be:

  • Alice Dunsdon, 31 from Surrey, with Mrs Sarah Dunsdon’s 12 year old gelding Sambo III
  • Kirsty Johnston, 28 from Wiltshire, on her own and Denny Russell’s 14 year old gelding Opposition Detective
  • Georgie Spence, 28 from Wiltshire, riding her own and Mrs Suzanne Doggett’s 11 year old gelding Halltown Harley
  • Olivia Craddock, 26 from West Sussex, and Mrs Beverley Sheikh and her own 10 year old gelding Billy Liffy

Team reserve will be Anthony Clarke and his own and Mrs Carol Elliot’s Crambamboli.

The Austrian Nations Cup will be the first GB senior team appearance for Alice, Kirsty and Georgie, Olivia was part of the team at the opening event in the 2017 series, Strzegom, Poland, where the team finished in second place (full list of results).

With three events complete, and three second place finishes, GB sit in first place on 270 points in the series.

The 2017 calendar

17 - 21 May: CICO 3* Strzegom (POL) – GB 2nd place
25 - 28 May: CICO 3* Houghton Hall (GBR) - GB 2nd place
31 May - 4 June: CICO 3* Tattersalls (IRL) – GB 2nd place
30 June - 2 July: CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT)
8 - 9 July: CICO 3* The Plains (USA)
19 - 23 July: CICO 3* Aachen (GER)
10-13 August: CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA)
22 - 24 September: CICO 3* Waregem (BEL)
5 - 8 October: CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED)

Could you be on the next Nations Cup squad for GB?

The newly appointed Senior Eventing Selection Committee would like to invite riders to apply for the 2017 FEI Nations Cups squads. Combinations for the eventing Nations Cup team will in future be selected by the Senior Selection Committee to provide continuity across the selection process while still providing an open and transparent system.

How can you apply to be part of the FEI Nations Cup squad?

The GBR Eventing teams are supported by the National Lottery funded Equestrian World Class Programme a portfolio within the British Equestrian Federation. The programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The Programme has been funded by the National Lottery via UK Sport since 1998.

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