British Equestrian and the British Showjumping have confirmed the five horse and rider combinations who will form their definite entries ahead of the FEI Jumping European Championships 2023.
The Definite entries for the FEI Championships due to take place in Italy, 29th August – 3rd September are:
Harry Charles (24) from Alton, Hampshire, with Stall Zet’s Casquo Blue (bay, gelding, 13yrs, Chacco-Blue x Carthago Z, Breeder: Gestuet Lewitz GER, Groom: Georgia Ellwood).
Ann Thompson’s Aralyn Blue (bay, mare, 12yrs, Chacco-Blue x Ludwig AS, Breeder: Franjo Udovc SLO) is a direct reserve.
Tim Gredley (37) from Newmarket, Suffolk, with Unex Competition Yard Ltd’s Medoc de Toxandria (bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 11yrs, Der Senaat 111 x Kelvin de Sainte Hermelle, Groom: Paul Drew).
Samuel Hutton (34) based in Antwerp, Belgium (originally from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey), with Caramello Company’s Oak Grove’s Laith (chestnut, stallion, 16.2hh, 12yrs, London x Quaprice, Breeder: S.C. E. A. Riverland FRA, Groom: Lindsa Decottignies).
Ben Maher (40) based in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, with Charlotte Rossetter, Pamela Wright and his own Faltic HB (bay, stallion, 16.1hh, 13yrs, Baltic VDL x Concorde, Breeder: H. A. Brinkman NED, Groom: Derren Lake).
Charlotte Rossetter, Pamela Wright and his own Dallas Vegas Batilly (bay, mare, 10yrs, 16.2hh, Cap Kennedy 2 x L’Arc de Triomphe, Breeder: J Viollett FRA) is a direct first reserve while Jane Forbes Clarke’s Ginger-Blue (bay, mare, 16.1hh, 12yrs, Plot Blue x Royal Bravour, Breeder: P. Verberne NED) is a direct second reserve.
Donald Whitaker (30), from Dagobertshausen, Germany (originally from Barnsley, Yorkshire), with Reitsportanlage Dagobertshausen GmbH & CO.KG’s Di Caprio (bay, stallion, 16.1hh, 12yrs, Diarado x Cassini I, Breeder: Harms Carsten GER, Groom: Ally Gill).
Jessica Mendoza (27) based in Horsham, West Sussex, with her own Play (chestnut, gelding, 16.2hh, 11yrs, Luidam x Diamant de Semilly, Breeder: E von Essen SWE, Groom: Duncan Skinner).
Selection decisions are subject to the athlete and horse maintaining fitness and performance, and this list may be amended at any point up to midnight on 7 August 2023.
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.
British Equestrian have also expressed their gratitude for the support from partners – Bates Saddles, Dodson & Horrell, Fairfax & Favor, Haygain, NAF, SEIB and Toggi – and team suppliers – Equi-Trek, Horseware, Lotus Romeo, Marksway Horsehage and Point Two. We’re indebted for the year-round support they provide to the World Class Programme and British teams, which helps us to best prepare for senior championships.
Feature image: Harry CHARLES (GBR) & CASQUO BLUE – LONGINES FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain – Hickstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom – 29 July 2022. Photos © FEI/Jon Stroud