Team GBR eventing riders raring to go

Pippa Funnell and Billy the Biz at the Rio Olympics (picture: Jon Stroud Media)

Pippa Funnell and Billy the Biz at the Rio Olympics (picture: Jon Stroud Media)

Team GBR’s eventing squad has arrived in Luhmuhlen ahead of the FEI Eventing European Championships, which begin today, Thursday 29 August.

The first horse inspection was held in the main arena, with all the British combinations trotting up in front of the ground jury.

Following the first horse inspection, Richard Waygood, Team GBR Chef d’Equipe, confirmed that the team will be:

  • Pippa Funnell MBE with her own and Marek Sebestak’s Majas Hope (groom Emily Gibson)

  • Piggy French with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo (groom Amy Phillips)

  • Tina Cook with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Billy The Red (groom Rachel Tolley)

  • Oliver Townend with Angela Hislop’s Cooley Master Class (groom Suzanne Cooper)

Laura Collett with her own, Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett’s London 52 (groom Zanie King), and Kitty King with Diana Bown, Sally Eyre, Samantha Wilson and Sally Lloyd-Baker’s Vendredi Biats (groom Chloe Fry), will be competing for Team GBR as individuals.

The FEI Eventing European Championships begin on Thursday with the first two team dressage tests from Pippa Funnell and Piggy French and one individual test from Laura Collett.

Richard Waygood commented: “Great Britain has an exceptionally strong squad of riders here in Luhmuhlen. We feel prepared, focused and ready to deliver great performances across the three phases of competition. I’m glad that such an experienced rider as Pippa Funnell will lead our riders out so soon after joining us as a replacement.”

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