Cook and Fox-Pitt lead new look British eventing team

08 July 2013 / 14:07

Kristina Cook and William Fox-Pitt will lead Britain's six-strong eventing European Championships team. 

The pair are the only riders included from the squad that won team silver at last year's London 2012 Olympics, with former world champion Zara Phillips absent after announcing she was expecting her first child earlier today.

Cook and Fox-Pitt will ride Miners Frolic and Lionheart, their Olympic horses, and will be joined in Malmo by experienced names Piggy French and Lucy Wiegersma and team newcomers Tom McEwen and Izzy Taylor.

"With Tina and William also on the squad there is a wonderful balance between youth and experience," said British team manager Yogi Breisner.

"It is great to have Piggy and Lucy back and it is exciting to have two such capable riders as Tom and Izzy making their debut."

Cook won double European gold in Fontainebleau four years ago, guiding Miners Frolic to the individual and team title.

And Britain will be looking to upgrade their team bronze from two years ago and return to the individual podium, after hosts Germany swept all those places in Luhmühlen.

"I am thrilled to be selected again on Miners Frolic," said Cook, a four-time gold medallist at the event.

"He is getting older now so every competition and selection is a fantastic bonus.”  

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