Gemma Tattersall’s British team horse named for Rio Olympics

  • Gemma Tattersall will ride Quicklook V at the Rio Olympics next month.

    The 31-year-old rider was named to the British team last week with either Quicklook V or Chico Bella P. It has today been confirmed that she will take The Pebbles Syndicate’s grey mare to the Games.

    Quicklook V is known as Pebbles at home because as a young horse her markings looked as if she had pebbles all over her — a pattern still evident now on close inspection.

    She is 11 years old and has been with Gemma throughout her career. She first started to catch the eye in 2014, when she won the CIC2* at Rockingham Castle and the CCI2* at Tattersalls.

    Last year she and Gemma were the best British performers in the Nations Cup at Aachen, finishing 14th individually. They then finished the year with fourth place at Blenheim CCI3*.

    This spring Quicklook V was fourth and top Brit in the Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth and seventh in the CIC3* at Bramham, which was won by her stablemate Chico Bella P.

    Last weekend Quicklook V led the dressage in the CIC3* at Barbury on a mark of 38.2 and showjumped clear before being withdrawn.

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    More eventing news:

    The full British eventing team for Rio is:

    • William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning, owned by Christopher and Lisa Stone
    • Kitty King on Ceylor LAN, owned by Jacqueline Owen, Diana Bown and Samantha Wilson
    • Gemma Tattersall on Quicklook V, owned by The Pebbles Syndicate
    • Izzy Taylor on Allercombe Ellie, owned by Frances Carter and Susan Holroyd

    Travelling reserve:

    • Pippa Funnell on Billy The Biz, owned by Carol Toliver

    Full report of Barbury in H&H this Thursday (14 July). H&H’s Olympic preview is out 28 July and we have a full form guide featuring every horse and rider at the Games in the issue dated 4 August. The eventing report from Rio is out on 12 August — H&H is published on Friday rather than Thursday that week to fit in with the Olympic timetable.

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