The eventing Horse Inspection got things underway for equestrian today at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as twenty-four nations came forward to present in the glorious Brazilian sunshine.
Having been drawn fourteenth to go, the British team of William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning, owned by Christopher Stone), Pippa Funnell (with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz), Kitty King (Ceylor L A N owned by Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson), Gemma Tattersall (Quicklook V, owned by The Pebbles Syndicate) and travelling reserve Tina Cook (Billy The Red, owned by Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson) all sailed through this morning’s trot-up at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Centre.
Commenting afterwards Gemma Tattersall said; “Very pleased, she trotted beautifully. It’s really upbeat in camp and we’re all really happy. I just can’t wait to get going!”
Following the Horse Inspection the team order* was confirmed for the GB eventing team by Team Manager Yogi Breisner. Gemma Tattersall will be first into the impressive Deodoro arena for GB tomorrow, as the first day of dressage gets underway. Gemma will be followed by William Fox-Pitt tomorrow afternoon, before Pippa Funnell and Kitty King get their Olympic competition underway on Sunday.
Timings for the eventing dressage tests this weekend are as follows;
- Gemma Tattersall – Saturday 6 August at 14.40 (BST)
- William Fox-Pitt – Saturday 6 August at 18.18 (BST)
- Pippa Funnell – Sunday 7 August at 15.20 (BST)
- Kitty King – Sunday 7 August at 18.58 (BST)
* The team order decides which order the athletes from a team will compete in.