Tina Fletcher, British showjumper

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    Tina Fletcher is one of Britain’s leading lady showjumpers with over 30 years competition experience. She is also a BSJA Elite trainer and her training skills are in demand by both showjumpers and event riders.

    Born on 12 June 1965, she is now married to former Olympic silver medallist and H&H columnist Graham Fletcher. They have two sons, William and Oliver, and run a yard near Wantage in Oxon.

    Tina began her riding career in the Pony Club at the age of four with a 12.2hh pony called Rockafella. She represented her branch in Area Pony Club events and the Prince Philip Cup.

    Tina was very successful throughout the 1990s, winning the National Grade C Championship at Horse Of The Year Show in 1996 with Sparticus II and then had a repeat victory the following year with McCoist.

    Having regularly represented Britain in nations cup competitions during her career, Tina is now back competing at the highest level with a stable of top class horses including Hello Sailor, Promised Land and Unique IX.

    Hello Sailor was selected for the British showjumping team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, but was withdrawn after he sustained a minor injury in training. Prior to the injury the partnership had jumped the only double clear in the last leg of the British Showjumping Business Partnership International stairway series.

    Tina has won The Queen Elizabeth II Cup three times (1992, 1993, 2007) and narrowly missed out on becoming the first lady to win the Hickstead Jumping Derby since 1973 when riding Promised Land in a tense jump-off against Guy Williams in 2010.

    She achieved her “lifetime ambition” in 2011 when Promised Land jumped a second clear round in the Hickstead Jumping Derby in succession to lift the famous Boomerang Trophy.

    Tina suffered concussion after falling from Hello Unique when contesting the puissance competition at HOYS 2011, but was back in the saddle and winning just a few weeks later.

    Tina was chosen as the reserve rider for the British showjumping team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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