Tina Cook

Tina CookTina Cook (full name Kristina) has been a frequent member of British squads at championships for more than 20 years.

Her medal tally includes individual and team bronze at the 2008 Olympics on Miners Frolic and team silver at the 2012 Olympics on the same horse. She has also been reserve for several Olympics, including receiving a late call-up as travelling reserve for the Rio Olympics with Billy The Red.

Tina has also won two world team golds (1994 on General Jock and 2010 on Miners Frolic) and a world team silver (2014 on home-bred De Novo News). She was also ninth as an individual at the 2018 World Equestrian Games riding Billy The Red.

Tina’s greatest individual accolade to date came when she won individual gold at the 2009 European Championships in Fontainebleau on Miners Frolic. She also led the Brits to team gold on that occasion. Her other European medals are: team gold in 2017 (Billy The Red), team gold in 1999 (The Gangster II), individual bronze in 1997 (General Jock), team gold in 1995 (Midnight Blue) and individual silver in 1993 (Song And Dance Man).

Alongside some great successes at the highest level, Tina Cook has suffered considerable heart-break with her top horses. Miners Frolic recovered from a life-threatening colitis before returning to eventing at the highest level and helping Britain win Olympic silver in London. He was retired at the age of 16 after he suffering a heart problem out hacking. A few years later Tina’s home-bred eventing star, De Novo News, contracted shipping fever on his journey home from Strzegom, Poland, in June 2015. He was put down due to complications in October 2015.

Tina Cook is the daughter of the late Josh Gifford, trainer of 1981 Grand National winner Aldaniti, who passed away in February 2012. She has followed her racing roots by training point-to-pointers and riding in charity races, alongside competing in eventing at the highest level.

Tina has two children, Isabelle – who is already following in her mother’s footsteps by eventing successfully – and Harry. She is a former Horse & Hound columnist.