Zoe Wilkinson talks to Eventing Worldwide about her selection to the European CIC** Championships squad.
Wiltshire based eventer Zoe Wilkinson was named in the squad who will travel to the Netherlands in
August to compete in the. Zoe is a rising star in the world of eventing, having won the 2014/15 Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) Scholarship. She spoke to Eventing Worldwide about her selection to the squad and what she hopes to achieve as part of the team.
“The horse I will have been selected on is GHS Calvaruise, a 10yr old Irish Sports Horse Chestnut Gelding by Cavaliere (Holsteiner). I bought him as a 5 year old from Goresbridge Sales in Ireland – he had done a little bit of show jumping but no eventing. He’s incredibly cheeky and loves finding new ways to be naughty all the time, he’s certainly got a few quirks! As a youngster he used to throw me off probably once a week but I’ve since got pretty good at sitting to his antics! He’s won at Novice level and gave me my first International win at CIC* level. We’ve successfully completed a few Advanced events this year and the plan is to step up to 3* next year.”
“I was very happy and excited when I received the news of my selection, I wasn’t sure which way it would go as he can be very competitive and he is experienced at 2* level but he does have his quirks which he has shown at some of the training sessions. He is usually good at bringing the performance when it matters though so I’m glad they saw past his cheeky side.
“I’m looking forward to the whole team feeling of going to the championships – I’ve not ridden in any sort of team before so it’ll be a new experience for me. All the team members have been getting on really well at the training days so it’ll be a lot of fun going out together as a team, at the same time – I know everyone is very focussed on producing good performances.
“Obviously I’m hoping to be as competitive as possible. If GHS Calvaruise goes very well in all three phases he is certainly capable of finishing up the order but he will have to be on top form. We’ll be training very hard over the next six weeks to try and make this happen!”
Formerly known as Rural Riders, the championships is run over four days, with a different test on each day. The first test is the team dressage in which all six riders perform together. This is followed by individual tests in dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The winning team is the team with the fewest penalties over the three phases, counting the scores from the top four competitors in each team.
We wish Zoe the best of luck as she prepares for the European CIC** Championships.