Team GB dressage names confirmed

By: Horse Deals

Team GB dressage names confirmed
Team GB dressage names confirmed

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed the four dressage combinations that will compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The athletes selected to Team GB to contest the team and individual competitions are:

- Laura Bechtolsheimer (27) from Ampney St Peter, Glos, riding Mistral Hojris, owned by Wilfried & Ursula Bechtolsheimer and rider

- Charlotte Dujardin (25) from Newent, Glos riding Valegro, owned by Carl Hester & Roly Luard

- Carl Hester (44) from Newent, Glos, riding Uthopia, owned by Carl Hester and Sasha Stewart

The combination that will contest the individual competition is:

- Richard Davison (57) from Combridge, Staffs, riding Artemis, owned by the Countess of Derby

All four riders boast records to their names – Charlotte broke the World and British record in the Grand Prix Special test at Hagen in May, scoring 88.022%, where Laura also bettered her own British Grand Prix Freestyle record, scoring 87.60%. Carl now holds the British record in the Grand Prix test of 83.30%.

European medallist Richard Davison and Artemis has scored a number of international wins and placings. The combination finished fifth in the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup.

Team GB Equestrian Team Leader Will Connell said: "It’s great to have it confirmed that we head to London with three of the 2011 European team gold medallists and with Richard Davison as our individual rider.

"This is as exciting a squad as we have ever taken to an Olympic Games. I’m sure the riders will be knuckling down over the next few weeks to ensure they deliver our best performances as there will be other nations with their eyes on the dressage medals."

Don't forget that you can see Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at Your Horse Live 2012 in November!