Eventer Gemma set for international test

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UK SPORT funded event rider Gemma Tattersall will be testing herself against some of the best in the world when she jets to Portugal for a top international competition this week.

Gemma, aged 25, from Plummers Plain near Lower Beeding, heads to the Barroca d’Alva event – which runs across two consecutive weekends (3-7 and 10-14 March) along with four of her horses, Chico Bella, Kings Gem, Tropique and Wolfgang Penelope.

And although she hopes the sun will be shining, this won’t be a holiday for Gemma as she’ll have her work cut out, competing the horses at competitions at one, two and three star level over the two weekends.

Gemma, who has just been re-selected onto the UK Sport funded British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Development Programme, was crowned British Under-25 Champion at Bramham International Horse Trials last year.

“This is the fourth time we’ve competed at Barroca,” Gemma said. “It’s a great way to start the season, we are made to feel really welcome and the conditions for the horses are perfect. Of course it’s an added bonus if the sun makes an appearance!”

Funded by UK Sport, the World Class Development Programme works with talented riders to maximise their potential and deliver success.

The World Class Development Programme is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the government and National Lottery money and underpins World Class Performance. Together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme incorporating the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian Dressage.