Three of Britain’s victorious silver medal-winning Olympic eventing team will be in action at South of England Horse Trials in Ardingly, Sussex, on 22-23 September.
Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt and Tina Cook, who made the headlines as one of Britain’s first teams to land a medal at London 2012, are all due to compete on their up-and-coming horses over the course of the weekend.
The feature class - the CIC** - will see no less than five Olympians competing for the crown. Sussex rider Tina Cook will be joined by Australians Chris Burton and Clayton Fredericks, the Italian star Vittoria Panizzon and Kiwi Jonathan Paget, in this prestigious class that has traditionally proved to be a very good pointer towards the next generation of equine talent.
Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand bronze medal Olympic team members, will also be bringing a total of eight horses between them to compete in other classes.
Local rider and former Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell will ride six horses over the two days, including her prolific international winner Billy Landretti and this year’s Bramham three-day event runner-up Mirage D’Elle.
Organiser Jenny Nolan said: “This is probably the most exciting field of riders we have seen in a very long time. With so many riders coming here on the back of competing at Greenwich it really will be like the Olympics coming home.”
Top south east riders to look out for include Francis Whittington (Rotherfield), Emily Llewellyn (Heathfield), Emily Baldwin (Lamberhurst), Fiona Breach (East Molesey), Sam Penn (Hailsham), Sacha Pemble (Paddock Wood) and Nici Wilson (Milland).
Dressage, showjumping and cross-country action starts at 9am on Saturday and Sunday at the South of England showground. Entrance is £10 per car including all occupants.
Published 14th September 2012
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