Let’s hope the weather in September is kind again this year, because it’s going to be a busy one! The Longines FEI European Eventing Championships 2015 fever started today with the announcement of the home squad.
Here’s the run down:
William Fox-Pitt & Bay My Hero:
If you were running a fantasy team William Fox-Pitt would be your N0. 1 choice. He’s won more 3-day-events than anyone else, and been on countless winning teams. (although yet to win an individual gold). Few can match him at this game, and Bay My Hero is a wonderful horse I first remember seeing at Wilton as a Novice. Since then he’s won at every level including all three classes at Tattersalls in Ireland and the CCI*** at Lexington, Kentucky.
I just hope we don’t see a repeat of this heart stopping moment at Luhmuhlen in 2011 (top picture)
Pippa Funnell & Sandman 7:
Another in a class of her own, Pippa is the only holder of the Rolex Grand Slam (winning Badminton, Burghley & Kentucky in succession). One of the most exciting riders to watch cross country and never afraid to go for the big marks in the dressage. A true champion’s champion. This horse won Chatsworth and was placed at Bramham this year.
Laura Collett & Grand Manoeuvre:
Laura has more medals than you can shake a stick at from her younger days. I say younger, but Laura is still only 25! She’s had some cracking horses through out her career and this lovely chestnut horse came via Nick Guantlett. There are no big wins on his scorecard yet, but he’s now getting consistently placed at 3 star.
Dani Evans & Smart Time:
Stepping up to the Senior Team, Dani had a good week at Bramham to secure a place on this squad. One of the rising stars on the UK circuit.
Flora Harris & Bayano:
Young, energised and talented, Flora stamped her name in the eventing annuals this year with a convincing win at Bramham on this horse. I expect there’ll be plenty more to come.
Kitty King & Persimmon:
Both horse and rider have been consistent winners throughout their careers and you can well imagine a top ten placing for these two.
Izzy Taylor & Allercombe Ellie:
Izzy is a force of nature in eventing terms, and there probably isn’t a more stylish British rider cross country. This horse has won and been placed at 3 star in the last 12 months or so.
Oliver Townend & Fenyas Elegance
Oliver seems to pick up a lot of others people’s rides recently. Having won Burghley & Badminton, plus a close call with the Rolex Grand Slam, he’s up there with the best of best. This horse has come to him via Aoife Clark, and arrived with good form that Oliver has managed to maintain.
Francis Whittington & Easy Target
One of my favourite greys on the circuit, Easy Target won Blenheim last year, and has a pretty decent record, as does his rider.
Nicola Wilson & One Two Many
Best known for her partnership with team stalwart, Opposition Buzz, Nicola is no stranger to the team game, and this horse has won CIC***’s for both her and previous rider Bill Levett.
Holly Woodhead & DHI Lupison
Making a debut on a senior team with a horse that looks to be rising to very good form in the last 12 months with a win and placing at 3 star.
Gemma Tattersall & Arctic Soul
This beautiful bright bay has become very consistent over the last two seasons and Gemma has been scratching at the door for a place on a major senior team for some time.
All the details for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair can be found here: