Faultless dressage tests saw three Personal Best scores delivered for Great Britain’s Tina Cook, Gemma Tattersall and Nicola Wilson, on day two of the dressage phase out at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Strzegom. Gemma finishes the day as the leading British rider after a fantastic ride with Quicklook V left the duo on 33.1 penalties, putting them into fourth place overnight.
First into the arena for Great Britain this morning was Tina Cook, who produced a beautiful test with Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red, to get the team off to a great start on a personal best score of 38.2 penalties, to sit twelfth on the leaderboard.
Commenting afterwards Tina said: “I’m really, really pleased with him, there’s a lot of atmosphere in there. He’s only a ten year old so he’s still a relatively young horse and I hope I’ll have him at this level for many years. He’s a lovely, lovely horse, very elegant horse but also very bright.”
With The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V, Gemma Tattersall delivered a stunning test with the striking twelve-year-old grey mare to record a personal best of 33.1 penalties.
Gemma commented: “It feels incredible and a relief. She came down here [to the warm-up arena] and for the first time in her life was a little bit nervous so I started off in my dressage just quietly with her and she realised it was just a dressage test and she was then perfect and picked up more and more marks as she went on.
“I’m just so proud of her, my aim was to get a personal best and that’s what we’ve done and I’m so very, very proud. I feel that Quicklook and I are on great form, that we can ride for ourselves and get an individual medal for GB – that’s the aim, and I’ll be doing my absolute best to try and achieve that.”
The final British rider, Nicola Wilson and Bulana, owned by Jo and James Lambert, delivered another outstanding performance for the British camp for 35.1 penalties – a personal best for the combination – to see them finish the day in seventh place.
“I’m just thrilled with her, she is such a competitor, and I’m just so incredibly proud,” commented Nicola afterwards, “she gave me as much as she could and really coped with the atmosphere and the pressure in there. She just keeps getting better, that was another personal best for her, so that’s three in a row for her now. I’m just over the moon and I’m so pleased for James and Jo Lambert who own her.”
Speaking about tomorrow’s cross-country, Nicola added: “There’s loads to jump. It’s a fantastically designed and built course. This is the first phase complete and it’s so lovely to have got a PB out of Bulana for this phase but there’s two very difficult phases to come - we just have to enjoy the moment now and then really focus on tomorrow and Sunday.”
Adding to Oliver and Rosalind’s performances yesterday, the scores delivered by Tina and Nicola today see Great Britain lying in third place in the team event behind Germany and France. Germany’s Bettina Hoy (Seigneur Medicott) still leads the individual rankings, heading into tomorrow’s cross-country on her dressage score of 24.6 penalties.
The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.
Times for Saturday's Cross-Country (all BST)
10.16 – Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS
11.36 – Rosalind Canter and Allstar B
12.24 – Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo
13.20 – Tina Cook and Billy the Red
14.28 – Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V
14.44 – Nicola Wilson and Bulana
Where to watch?
Live results can be found online at: http://www.results.strzegom2017.pl/live/leaderboard01.html
Information on where you can watch the event can be found online at: http://www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk/news/european-championships-where-to-watch/