The British Olympic Association has today announced the GBR Olympic Eventing Team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Three-time Olympic medallist William Fox-Pitt with Chilli Morning will feature in the Eventing team along with Kitty King riding Ceylor L A N and Izzy Taylor on Allercombe Ellie. Gemma Tattersall rounds off the team on Chico Bella P or Quicklook V, with all three athletes receiving their first Olympic call-up.
The selected athletes are:
William Fox-Pitt, age 47, based Dorset, with Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning
Kitty King, age 33, based Wiltshire, with Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson’s Ceylor L A N
Gemma Tattersall, age 31, based West Sussex, with either Christopher Stone’s Chico Bella P or The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V
Isabelle (Izzy) Taylor, age 33, based Oxfordshire, with Susan Holroyd and Frances Carter’s Allercombe Ellie
Travelling Reserve: Pippa Funnell MBE, age 47, based Surrey, with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz
Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said:
“No sport can boast Olympic experiences quite like our equestrian team and it’s of great credit to both the riders and the programme that we welcome athletes back for their fifth, sixth or even seventh Games as part of Team GB. This is vital in a multi-sport environment and our recent Olympic record is testament to this.
“There is strength across all three disciplines and I’m sure the country can look forward to seeing the team perform at the top of their game once again this August.”
Equestrian Team Leader, Dan Hughes, commented; “The team we have selected represents the strength in depth of talent we are lucky enough to enjoy in equestrian sport in the UK, and the mix of both experience and new talent across the three equestrian events in Rio. None of this would be possible without the support of National Lottery funding via UK Sport. Five of our twelve riders will be competing at an Olympic Games for the first time, whilst some will be competing at their 5th, 6th and even 7th Olympic Games. There is a robust team spirit amongst our athletes, staff, grooms and our all-important owners that underpins the strongest desire to win medals in Rio. As a team we go there with that single focus”.
Set to make her Olympic debut, eventer Kitty King commented; “It’s probably the best phone call I’ve ever had; it’s something that I dreamt of as a child. It’s really special for the whole support team at home too; the amount of work that they put in is incredible, it’s definitely not just about me and the horse, it’s about everyone else behind us too. None of it would be possible without my sponsors and UK Sport support; it’s made a massive difference.”
If required, reserves will be taken from the nominated entries list.