In 2014, Gemma and Arctic Soul were reserves for Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games, but as they weren’t called upon, they went on to finish the year with a fifth place at Burghley Horse Trials.
Gemma was a member of the British squad at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Quicklook V and the pair also represented Britain as individuals at the 2017 Strzegom European Championships, where they finished eighth.
Gemma Tattersall (now Stevens) celebrates showjumping clear on Chilli Knight at Bicton five-star.
Gemma says of Chilli Knight: “He’s a funny little horse. I wouldn’t say he’s the brightest horse in the world, but what makes him is that he always tries his absolute best in training and in competition. I describe him as typical gelding, and a ‘yes man’. If I ask him to do something, he’ll give it a go. Very rarely is he difficult or in any way naughty.
“He’s a poppet and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him put his ears back in his life. I don’t think he really knows how to be horrible or nasty or anything like that.”
Gemma has also finished third at Badminton Horse Trials in 2016 with her “horse-of-a-lifetime”, the ex-racehorse Arctic Soul, and third at Burghley in 2017 on the same horse.
Gemma Tattersall (now Stevens) and Arctic Soul at Badminton 2016.
She achieved a runner-up placing at the top level at Pau Horse Trials on Pamero 4 in 2018.
Where is Gemma’s yard?
Gemma is based in West Sussex at a yard belonging to her main owner, Chris Stone, who was also the chief force behind the Event Rider Masters series and the owner of the stallion Chilli Morning, who won Badminton 2015 with William Fox-Pitt.
The Stones have a breeding programme at the yard and Gemma is involved in producing and competing the Chilli Morning progeny.
The Bicton five-star winner Chilli Knight is a son of Chilli Morning, out of Kings Gem, who Gemma rode at five-star level.