Members of Great Britain’s Silver medal winning European Eventing Championship team were amongst the athletes who came out in support of Equestrian Team GBR and the Countryside Alliance Foundation at Cheltenham’s Cheltenham Countryside Day.
The event, on the first day of The Open at the world famous racecourse, was held to fundraise for the dressage, eventing, showjumping and para-dressage squads as they prepare for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Tina Cook, Izzy Taylor and 2015 European team silver medallist Kitty King, joined the Cotswold Hunt by kind permission of their Joint Masters, as representatives from 23 registered packs across Britain took part in the Hound Parade out on the course after the second race of the day.
Champion jockey AP McCoy also joined a unique dressage demonstration from World, Olympic and European champion Charlotte Dujardin in the Parade Ring in front of a packed out crowd.
Performance Director Dan Hughes commented on the day’s activity; “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their marvellous support today, for what’s been a fantastic day at Cheltenham, with the opening of their new grandstand. We’re hugely grateful for all the support we receive as we prepare our teams to compete at next year’s Games in Rio. Whilst National Lottery and UK Sport funding is the backbone behind what we do, the fundraising today will go a long way to support the logistical costs of taking our Olympic and Paralympic teams to Brazil next year; thank you all for your support.”
Auctions organised by the Countryside Alliance took part during the day with British equestrian athletes supporting the fundraising effort at the auction and Team GBR tradestand; final fundraising figures are expected shortly.