British squad chosen for European eventing champs

July 16, 2009

Britain has chosen a six-strong squad for the Senior European Championships in Fontainebleau, France.

Four experienced riders have been chosen to represent Britain in the team competition, September 24-27, with two eventers making their debuts as individuals. Many of the selected horses are also competing on a Championship stage for the first time. The teamhas an unbeaten record of winning seven consecutive European Championships.

"I am very excited about taking these six riders to Fontainebleau," said British Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner, "and I am pleased that Lucy Wiegersma and Nicola Wilson have the chance to make their European Championship debuts, helped by experienced team members William, Oliver, Tina and Mary."

The team was chosen by Chairman of Selectors Mandy Stibbe and fellow Selectors Bridget Parker, Ian Stark, and Angela Tucker.

The trip to Fontainebleau has been possible thanks to the support of the UK Sport funded Equestrian World Class Programme, which supports a pathway to success for Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes. The aim is to have in place a sustainable system that can deliver more medals on the international stage now and in the future. The programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, primarily from the National Lottery, via UK Sport since 1998.