British Equestrian announce nominated eventing combinations for Paris 2024

Oliver Townend at the FEI Eventing World Championship 2022 in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA). FEI - Massimo Argenziano

British Equestrian and the British Eventing Selectors have confirmed the 12 eventing combinations that will be submitted to the FEI as our nominated entries for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the list features some exciting combinations. Oliver Townend, who withdrew from this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, is on the list with two horses.

The nominated entries, listed alphabetically by athlete surname, are as follows:

  • Ros Canter is nominated with her an Alex Moody’s 11 year old bay gelding, Izilot DHI (Zavala VDL x Cavalier) or Michele and Archie Saul’s 12 year old bay gelding Lordships Graffalo (Birkhof’s Grafenstolz x Rock King).
  • Laura Collett joins Ros Canter on the list with Karen Bartlett, Keith Scott and her own London 52 (Landos x Quinar). London 52 is an experienced team horse that has competed at four and five star.
  • Yasmin Ingham is nominated with Janette Chinn and The Sue Davies Fund’s Banzai du Loir (Nouma D’Auzay x Livarot) or Rehy DJ (Tinarana’s Inspector x Big Sink Hope).
  • Emily King is nominated with Phillipe Brivois, David King and the Valmy Biats Syndicate’s Valmy Biats (Orlando x Aurelie du Prieure). Emily came fourth at this year’s Badminton Horse Trials.
  • Kitty King is nominated with Diana Bown, John Eyre, Sally Lloyd Baker and Samantha Wilson’s Vendredi Biats (Winningmood x Camelia de Ruelles), bred by Phillipe Brivois.
  • Tom Jackson came fifth at this year’s Badminton Horse Trials with Patricia Davenport, Milly Simmie and Sarah Webb’s Capels Hollow Drift (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvar x Lucky Gift) and is nominated with the same horse.
  • Tom McEwen is nominated with James and Jo Lambert and Deirdre Johnston’s JL Dublin (Diarado x Cantano).
  • Oliver Townend, who withdrew his horses from this year’s Badminton Horse Trials is nominated with Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class (withdrawn) or Paul and Diana Ridgeon’s Cooley Rosalent.
  • Isabelle ‘Bubby’ Upton, who came tenth at this year’s Badminton, is nominated with Rachel Upton’s Cola (Catoki x Contender).

The grooms for the horses have not yet been confirmed, but British Eventing has confirmed that these will be included in the final squad announcement. 

This list may be amended at any point up to 25 June 2024, as horse and rider fitness and results continue to be assessed. The selected squad of four combinations to travel to Paris as part of Team GB, plus reserves, will be announced in late June.

British Eventing said: “The funding that the British Equestrian World Class Programme receives from the National Lottery and UK Sport is pivotal in preparing our teams for senior championships and supporting them on the ground. The World Class Programme is grateful for the support from our team partners and suppliers; Bates Saddles, Dodson & Horrell, Fairfax & Favor, NAF, Toggi, Equi-Trek, Horseware, Lotus Romeo, Marksway Horsehage and Point Two.

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