Great Britain’s Team for Tryon World Equestrian Games Announced

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Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato at Bolesworth.

Aug. 17, 2018

Great Britain’s team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon next month was announced Friday by the British Equestrian Federation.

The combinations selected:

Charlotte Dujardin, 33, and Mount St. John Freestyle, nine-year-old Hanoverian mare;

Emile Faurie, 54, and Dono di Maggio, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding;

Carl Hester, 50, and Hawtins Delicato, 10-year-old British-bred Hanoverian gelding, and

Spencer Wilton, 45, and Super Nova II, 15-year-old British-bred Hanoverian gelding.

The reserves are:

Lara Butler, 29, and Rubin al Asad, 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and

Emile Faurie, and Delatio, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion.

Charlotte Dujardin: “I’m delighted and really excited to be going. Tryon was my aim for this year and I’m excited to be heading there with her [Mount St John Freestyle]; she is still only nine and inexperienced, but I feel really lucky, the sort of atmosphere she is going to experience there I know she can handle, she’s fantastic in that sort of environment. I think it’s going to be an amazing experience.”

Carl Hester: “It’s an unusual situation because both of us [Carl and Charlotte] are taking out new horses, but I think they are very exciting, it will be an exciting championships. My passion is producing new horses so it is very satisfying when you get them to this level. From a team point of view, it’s a very experienced team, with four riders who have all competed at an Olympics. I am really looking forward to getting out there.”

Spencer Wilton: “I’m so happy for Jen; she has invested a lot of time and money and this really means a lot to us. We had a tricky start to the season with injuries but we’ve come back and performed well and Neville [Super Nova II] feels amazing.  I’m very optimistic about this year and the team we have. Carl, Charlotte and Emile have all got bags of championship experience and I’ve got a couple of championships under my belt, and I think we could really impress people in Tryon.”

Dressage Performance Manager, Caroline Griffith comments; “It’s very exciting to be working with a team of riders that have such a wealth of experience between them and I know that they will use that experience to best effect. We have seen some great scores this year from those on the short list, which, for me, underlines the strength of the four athletes and horses that will be travelling to Tryon.

“If anyone can prepare this high caliber group of young horses for a World Equestrian Games, we know Carl, Charlotte, and Emile can. Add to that Spencer and we have capacity for some truly exciting team scores and a great competition.”