British team named for Eventing European Championships

British team named for Eventing European Championships

With competition getting underway at the HSBC FEI Eventing European Championships (29 August-1 September) tomorrow, the four riders who will represent Great Britain in the team competition have now been announced.

The selected team is (in running order):

Pippa Funnell with Mrs Carol Toliver’s Mirage d’Elle

Lucy Wiegersma with Mr & Mrs Christopher Perkins’ Simon Porloe

Kristina Cook, with Mrs Sarah Pelham and Mr and Mrs Nicolas Embiricos’s Miners Frolic

William Fox-Pitt with Mr Chris and Mrs Lisa Stone’s Chilli Morning

Izzy Taylor with Mr Guy Avis’s KBIS Briarlands Matilda will compete as an Individual.

Unfortunately, Diesel, ridden by Tom McEwen was not accepted at the trot-up this morning (Wednesday). Chef d’Equipe for the British eventing team, Yogi Breisner commented; “We’re very sorry for Tom that he’s not able to take part in the Championships. The horse got sore in his back during the travel over and it is absolutely nothing serious”.

The event begins with two days of dressage (Thursday and Friday), with the cross-country phase taking place on Saturday, whilst the medals will be decided after Sunday’s showjumping round.

The British team have been drawn eleventh to go. A full list of all horse and rider combinations competing at this year’s Championships, along with an event schedule can be located on the Malmö event website - http://malmoeventing.com/