Piggy French replaces Mary King for European eventing champs

September 9, 2009

Leicestershire rider Piggy French will join the British squad for the Senior Eventing European Championships in France later this month.

The announcement was made by the British Eventing Senior Selection Committee this week. It will be the senior debut for French, 29. French will ride Some Day Soon, owned by Miriam Midgley, James Midgley, Sue Crane and Walter French.

Piggy French and Some Day Soon. © Fiona Scott-Maxwell
French joins William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Tina Cook, Nicola Wilson and Lucy Wiegersma on the squad of six for the event in Fontainebleau, from September 23 - 27. Her elevation to the squad follows the withdrawal of Mary King, whose Imperial Cavalier had a setback.

French has had the ride on Some Day Soon since the end of the 2008 eventing season and has since enjoyed international success on the bay gelding. She achieved 3rd in the CCI3* at Bramham Horse Trials back in June, as well as 6th in the CIC3* at Hartpury Horse Trials in August.

The Norfolk-raised rider is thrilled about making her squad debut: "I'm still in shock! I'm obviously very excited about the Europeans and can't wait to get over to France for the competition."

French is a member of the UK Sport funded World Class Development squad which aims to identify and nurture talented riders, preparing them to represent Team GBR at international level.

The trip to Fontainebleau has been possible thanks to the support of the 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.

The squad of six travelling to the Senior Eventing Europeans is: