First timers shine for their place on the opening FEI Eventing Nations Cup team

25th Apr 2017

British Eventing announce three senior team debutants in the squad who will represent Great Britain in the first competition of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup for eventing hosted in Strzegom, Poland (17 – 21 May)

In alphabetical order, the team are as follows;

Alexander Bragg, 36 from Somerset, and the 12 year old gelding Redpath Ransom, owned by Mrs Debbie Nuttall, Mr Mike and Mrs Naomi Roe

Olivia Craddock, 25 from West Sussex, with her own and Mrs Beverley Sheikh’s 10 year old gelding Billy Liffy

Dannielle (Danni) Dunn, 24 from Wiltshire, riding her own and Mr Stuart Hodder’s 12 year old gelding Grandslam

Franky Reid-Warrilow, 27 from Powys, riding her own, Neil and Claire Reid-Warrilow’s 14 year old mare, Dolley Whisper

Will Furlong (21, East Sussex) will take up the reserve place.

Following their strong Spring form, Alexander Bragg, Olivia Craddock and Dannielle Dunn each receive their first place on a British senior team to join Franky Reid-Warrilow, who makes this her third Nations Cup appearance. An impressive seventh place for Craddock and Billy Liffy and 14th place for Dunn and Grandslam in the CIC3* at the recent Burnham Market International (1) saw them secure their spot along with Bragg who has already enjoyed two CIC3* completions on Redpath Ransom this season.

Franky Reid-Warrilow completes the team with the experienced Dolley Whisper with who she rode on the 2016 British Nations Cup team in Aachen and Ballindenisk where they finished in third place individually.

Following the cancellation of the Montelibretti (Italy) leg of the series - scheduled to take place this weekend - Strzegom in Poland will welcome riders for the opening event of the 2017 competition. A further eight legs will take place throughout the season including the home event at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, at the end of May. Last year GB took second place in the overall series following a close competition which saw Germany lifting the trophy with just 20 points separating them from the British squad.

More information on the CIC3* FEI series can be found here.

The 2017 calendar:

17 - 21 May: CICO 3* Strzegom (POL)       

25 - 28 May: CICO 3* Houghton Hall (GBR)            

31 May - 4 June: CICO 3* Tattersalls (IRL)              

30 June - 2 July: CICO 3* Wiener Neustadt (AUT)  

8 - 9 July: CICO 3* The Plains (USA)           

19 - 23 July: CICO 3* Aachen (GER)           

10-13 August: CICO 3* Le Haras du Pin (FRA)         

22 - 24 September: CICO 3* Waregem (BEL)          

5 - 8 October: CCIO 3* Boekelo (NED)      

Could you be on the next Nations Cup squad for GB?

The newly appointed Senior Eventing Selection Committee would like to invite riders to apply for the 2017 FEI Nations Cups squads. Combinations for the eventing Nations Cup team will in future be selected by the Senior Selection Committee to provide continuity across the selection process while still providing an open and transparent system. More information and how to apply can be found here.

The GBR Eventing teams are supported by the National Lottery-funded Equestrian World Class Programme a portfolio within the British Equestrian Federation. The programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The Programme has been funded by the National Lottery via UK Sport since 1998.