Tina Cook (full name Kristina) has been a frequent member of British squads at championships for more than 25 years.
She was the 2009 European eventing champion and is a two-time Olympian.
Tina is renowned for careful, thorough training of her horses, building a partnership and producing them for the long-term to be five-star performers or team horses, rather than looking for quick wins.
Tina Cook and Miners Frolic take double gold at the 2009 European Championships.
Who are Tina Cook’s parents?
Tina Cook – date of birth 30 August 1970 – is the daughter of the late Josh Gifford, trainer of 1981 Grand National winner Aldaniti and four-time champion jump jockey, who passed away in February 2012.
Her mother Althea was on victorious showjumping Nations Cup teams.
Tina’s brother Nick Gifford is a racehorse trainer. Tina helps with the training of some of his horses and many of her event horses are thoroughbreds. She has also ridden in charity races.
Tina Cook rides out her brother Nick’s charge Paddy’s Poem at home in 2019.
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.
“To be European champion is massive and unbelievable,” said Tina after that win. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back to the top level after having two children and the longer you’re in the sport, the more you appreciate it when it goes right. I’m very lucky to have a horse of the class of Miners Frolic and he’s given me a new lease of life.”
Her other European medals are: team silver in 2019 (Billy The Red), 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).
Tina Cook and Billy The Red at the first trot-up at the European Eventing Championships 2019.