Hunting around the web there certainly seems to be a lot of questions over the selection of Piggy French’s horse JAKATA for the WEG 2010 GBR team. This horse doesn’t have the solid form you’d expect to see for team selection. However Piggy has only had this horse for half a season, and had numerous top five placings on him, including a 3rd at Bramham CCI*** so the horse’s previous form, that includes some failed attempts at 4* with previous riders, could be looked upon as ‘good experience’.
Personally I think Piggy is one of those up and coming riders that just needs a top class horse to match the results of other olympians based here in the UK, I hope she’s found it in this horse. I still can’t get used to all these bizarre girl’s names in this sport though (more on that in another post).
So this leaves the 2010 WEG team looking like this:
William Fox-Pitt with COOL MOUNTAIN
Tina Cook with MINER’S FROLIC
Mary King with IMPERIAL CAVALIER
Pippa Funnel with REDESIGNED
Piggy French with JAKATA
Nicola Wilson with OPPOSITION BUZZ
Non Traveling Reserves:
Daisy Berkeley (SPRING ALONG)
Sharon Hunt (TANKERS TOWN)
Lucy Weigersma (WOODFALL INDIGO JONES)
Oliver Townend (ASHDALE CRUISE MASTER)
It is a little surprising to see Spring Along (3rd at Badminton 2010) and Tankers Town (winner at Luhmuhlen 2010) sat on the subs bench, both of whom have played a part in team competition before but who knows what goes through the selector’s minds! A lot can change over the next few months and there’s plenty of ‘politiking’ to come……