Squad announced for first leg of Eventing Nations Cup

25th Feb 2014

Supported by the UK Sport lottery funded World Class Programme, the British Eventing Senior Selection Committee have selected a team of four riders from the British CICO squad to represent Great Britain at Fontainebleau (FRA) for the first leg of the 2014 FEI Nations Cup Series on the 20th-23rd March 2014.

In consultation with the Selection Committee and Yogi Breisner the Eventing Performance Manager, the Team Manager Philip Surl has selected the four riders named below to represent Team GBR.

In alphabetical order: 

  • Nick Gauntlett riding Grand Manouvre owned by Mrs Diana Chappell
  • Emily Llewellyn riding either Greenlawn Sky High jointly owned by Mrs Cindy Llewellyn  and Mrs Nicolette Gidley Wright or Junior II, also owned by Mrs Cindy Llewellyn.
  • Gemma Tattersall riding Chico Bella P owned by Mr Christopher Stone.
  • Izzy Taylor riding KBIS Starlet jointly owned by Mrs Jo Meyer and KBIS British Equestrian or KBIS Starchaser, also owned by Mrs Jo Meyer and KBIS.

David Doel and Lucy Wiegersma will also be travelling to compete in Fontainebleau and will also provide back up to the above team as reserves. David will be riding Koyuna Sun Magic, jointly owned by David along with Mrs Maggie Doel and Mrs Jane James whilst Lucy will be riding Mr Chunky who she owns with Mr Huw Lloyd, Mr Christopher and Mrs Sarita Perkins.

Philip Surl commented on the potential Team GBR representatives: “We are heading to France with a potentially very strong contingent of British riders to defend our 2013 Nations Cup title.”

“The result of any Nations Cup competition depends very much on the preparations going to plan early in the season but we will keep our fingers crossed for a smooth run up to the competition at Fontainebleau.” 

Yogi Breisner added: “In addition to the selected CICO team, Britain will be very well represented in Fontainebleau with many established as well as exciting new combinations heading there as part of their early season campaign.”

“The primary purpose of campaigning the CICO Nations Cup series is to give riders who have not been regular members of Senior Championship teams experience of working and competing within a team environment and to get them out competing against the best continental riders”.

The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.

Further information about the FEI Nations Cup Series and competition dates can be located on the FEI website www.fei.org