Tina Cook

Tina CookBritish eventer Tina Cook has two children and has been eventing full time since she was 16. Her many successes include team silver in the 2012 Olympics with Miners Frolic, team silver at the World Equestrian Games 2014 with De Novo News, and team gold at the 2017 European Championships at Strzegom in Poland with Billy The Red.

Tina received a late call up as travelling reserve for the Rio Olympics with Billy The Red and the pair finished second at Bramham CIC3* and ninth in Pau CCI4* last year, before securing 10th place at Badminton CCI4* this spring.

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.