EQUESTRIAN: Wiltshire duo get Great Britain call-ups
Updated 10:11am Tuesday 9th July 2013 in By Ned Payne
WILTSHIRE eventer Tom McEwen has been included in the Great Britain squad for the European Championships at the end of next month.
The 22-year-old, who is based at Badgerstown near Wanborough, is included in the six-strong squad for the event in Malmö, Sweden (August 28-September 1), with his horse Diesel.
McEwen said: “As you can imagine I am delighted to have been selected for the senior squad, especially as it is my first year out of young riders.
“It has been a great year with my two horses already so to be selected is incredible.
“I am so pleased that I was chosen on Diesel.
“We have had him since he was five when we broke him in so I am really proud to be representing my country on a horse we’ve produced all the way.”
Meanwhile, Paralympic star Anne Dunham has been included in the GB squad for the Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships in Denmark next month.
The Broad Hinton-based 64-year-old is included in the five-strong line-up, riding LJT Lucas Normark in Grade Ia in Herning, joining Sophie Christiansen, Ricky Balshaw, Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells.
Dunham, who missed out on selection for London 2012, said: “It’s fantastic, I’m absolutely over the moon.
“It’ll be the first championships that Lucas has competed at for GB, he really deserves it and it’s great that he’ll be competing on home soil (the horse is Danish-born). I’m really pleased that the championships are fully-integrated, I think it will make it a really great event and I’m looking forward to it enormously.”
World-class performance manager David Hunter said: “The riders selected for this year’s European Championships are once again very strong combinations, covering experience and newcomers.”
All the riders will contest the individual and freestyle medal events in their respective grades. In addition, the four riders to compete in the team will be named on event.
Great Britain are the current holders of the European, world and Paralympic team titles and the European Championships take place from August 21-25.