The British team for the European CIC** Team Championship, to be held in Hungary (1-5 July), includes Jonathan Chapman, who hopes to be back in the saddle soon following a fall at Aston-le-Walls three weeks ago.
Jonathan sustained three broken ribs, a punctured lung and a fractured pelvis, but is making a speedy recovery.
The full squad is:
- Jodie Amos and Altairs Luck (South Warwickshire Riding Club)
- Emma Castle and Castle Larchfield Purdy (Solihull Riding Club)
- Jonathan Chapman and Urbanus II (pictured, Breakspear Riding Club)
- Matthew Heath and Gran Chaco (Buckingham Riding Club)
- Hannah Mace and Toy Boy III (West Oxon Riding Club)
- Lucie McNichol and Zeus Of Rushall (Kennet Vale Riding Club)
- Harriet Morris-Baumber and Shannon Dales Skatman (Ebor Vale Riding Club)
- Kathy Oliver and Algina T (Frampton Family Riding Club)
- Katie Barber and Western Ambassador (Rockingham Forest Riding Club)
- Shelly Dixon and Elkra Boy (Horsham Riding Club)
- Sam Penn and On a Par (Uckfield Riding Club)
- Claire Matheson and The Tussler (Isis Riding Club)
The European CIC** Team Championship was formerly known as the Rural Riders European Championship. It is run every two years for riders at the pinnacle of their riding club career and is funded by British Riding Clubs along with sponsorship from TriZone Boots and British Eventing.
The squad consists of a team of six and two individuals. As well as the normal phases of a horse trials, the team have to ride a team dressage test with all the horses in the arena at the same time.
The championship was last held in September 2007, in Sweden, when Britain just missed out on a team medal in fourth. Nessie Lambert and Carnaval Jester were best of the Brits in 11th. Germany took team gold and all the individual medals.
The Team GBR selection committee comprises Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce (chairman), Nick Turner, Richard Waygood and Peter Buist. Selection is subject to continued soundness and performance.