Eventing fans are in for a treat at Nunney International Horse Trials next weekend where Tina Cook will ride her London 2012 team silver medalist Miners Frolic in the open intermediate class.
The event takes place over three days, starting on Friday, June 14 and finishing on Sunday, June 16 at Southfield House near Frome and includes the prestigious CIC2* which has attracted many top names from eventing.
Explaining her decision to bring one of the top event horses in the world to Nunney, Tina said: “I’ve heard it’s a really nice course, one of his owners, Sarah Pelham, lives close by and it fits in with his programme of where he’s going next.”
Much like Tina’s father, the late Josh Gifford who attained legendary status for his skills as a racehorse trainer, including nursing Aldiniti back to full health to win the 1981 Grand National, Miners Frolic is celebrated in the eventing world for his consistent performances at the highest levels of the port.
They were first called up to compete for Great Britain in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games where they were team and individual bronze medalists; in 2009 they won individual and team Gold at the European Championships at Fontainebleau and they won team Gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 where they finished third.”
Their participation in the open intermediate at Nunney is regarded as a training run before they head to Aachen at the end of June for the CICO3* which could have bearing on selection for this year’s European Championships. The event is also part of the FEI Nations Cup series where Britain is at present in the lead. Tina and Miners Frolic are part of the team along with Mary King and Imperial Cavalier, Kitty King and Zidante, and Tom McEwan, another Nunney competitor, with Dry Old Party.
Tina said: “It should be a bit of fun for him and a good training exercise before our next serious competition in Germany. He came out of Badminton very well and after a break he’s been ticking over. I want him to go to Aachen in his best form and Nunney fits in very well to our schedule.”
De Novo News, Tina’s other ride at Nunney, will also contest the open intermediate before heading to Barbury Castle and then Burghley in September.
“It’s really nice to come to a new event, and I’ve heard such good reports about Nunney that I’m very much looking forward to competing there,” said Tina.
The event’s organizer Teresa Dufosee added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Nunney has attracted such a high class field, and it’s testament to the wonderful place where it takes place, and all the hard work of the many volunteers.”
As well as competitive action, there are also a host of tradestands, food outlets, including on the cross country course, and show jumping in the main arena in front of Southfield House.
Entrance is £12 per car