Daisy Dick, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend have been selected for the World Equestrian Games in Aachen (24-27 August). The three join existing squad members William Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Zara Phillips, who were selected in February this year.
The British Selectors (Lucinda Green (Chairman), Bridget Parker, Ian Stark and Mandy Stibbe) chose the three remaining combinations following some excellent performances at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (4 – 7 May).
Oliver Townend, 23, and Flint Curtis finished third with Daisy Dick and Spring Along in eighth position. “I hope the selectors will have their eyes open,” Townend said after his Badminton triumph. “I think Flint Curtis will only improve from his Badminton performance.”
Pippa Funnell chose not to run Primmore’s Pride (pictured) at Badminton but the pair won Belton last year. Over the next three months these horses will take part in competitions suitable for their preparation and will be required to maintain their form and fitness.
The 2005 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials winner Ballincoola has been named as a direct reserve for William Fox-Pitt’s Tamarillo. Six reserve combinations have also been announced. James Robinson and Sharon Hunt are both first equal reserves. Spectacular performances at Badminton last weekend saw Robinson and Comanche finishing fifth and Sharon Hunt and Tankers Town sixth.
Long standing squad members Jeanette Brakewell and Over To You are second reserves along with Ruth Edge, Polly Stockton and Lucy Wiegersma. Edge and Wiegersma are both members of the World Class Potential Squad along with Sharon Hunt and Oliver Townend.
Other horses might be added to the reserve list if necessary.
Daisy Dick (34) Spring Along
William Fox-Pitt (37) Tamarillo (Ballincoola reserve)
Pippa Funnell (37) Primmore’s Pride
Mary King (44) Call Again Cavalier
Zara Phillips (24) Toytown
Oliver Townend (23) Flint Curtis
Equal first reserves are:
James Robinson (38) Comanche
Sharon Hunt (28) Tankers Town
Second reserves are:
Jeanette Brakewell (32) Over to You
Ruth Edge (26) Two Thyme
Polly Stockton (32) Tom Quigley
Lucy Wiegersma (29) Shaabrak
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