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Jumping Schedule

September 19: Team Competition/ Individual Round 1

September 20: Team Competition Round 2/Individual Qualifier (Round 2)

September 21: Team Finals & Medal Ceremony

September 23: Individual Finals & Medal Ceremony

Showjumping Team GBR 

William Whitaker with UTAMARO D'ECAUSSINES

Holly Smith with HEARTS DESTINY

William Funnell with BILLY BUCKINGHAM

        Amanda Derbyshire with LUIBANTA BH

        Alexandra Thornton with CORNETTO K

Coverage Times

THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
13:50-17:30 : BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online
13.50 : FEI TV 
18:20-22:00 : BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online
18.20 : FEI TV 
 
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
18:20-21:55 : BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online
18.20 : FEI TV
 
SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
14:35-15:55, BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online
14.30 : FEI TV
16:30-17:30 : BBC Two
14.30 : FEI TV 
17:25-18:30 : BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online
 
Monday, 24 September
13.00-14.00 : BBC Two (Highlights programme)
 
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
20.00 : Horse & Country TV (Jumping, Team)
 
 
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They had hoped that the insight and perspective they say parenthood has provided would give Eventing Team GBR's Tina Cook and Piggy French the edge over the field at the World Equestrian Games in Tyron last week - and so it proved to be becoming Team Gold Medalists.

Cook, 48, is one of the longest standing and most successful athletes in Britain, with 16 championship medals since her first appearance in 1987.

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist, who is a single mother of two children, Isabelle, 13, and Harry, 11, says there is crossover between her parenting and her horsemanship.

“You have to be sympathetic but black and white and you can't bully them," she told Reuters of her approach to her horses.

"They need to understand the difference between wrong and right. For each individual, there might be a different way of approaching that. It is the same for bringing up children."

Although there is a crossover in philosophy, she says compartmentalising her roles is the key to success.

"When I am competing in a dangerous sport I don't want to be thinking 'I hope the kids are ok'. When I am at home, I put my children first," she said.

Cook’s second pregnancy was physically and emotionally challenging after carrying twins full term before losing one.

Yet returning to her career gave a focus to Tina, who competed on Billy the Red at the WEG.

“When you do a sport professionally and deal with animals, it makes you resilient. I am a softy as much as anyone but I can focus and look forwards when I need to.”
 

LOST SELF-BELIEF

French's dream of a medal in the 2012 Olympics was foiled by injuries to her best horses.

“It was heartbreak for me,” the 38-year-old said. When another horse was injured weeks before the European Championships in 2013, French was ready to give up, saying she had lost her self-belief.

Piggy French pictured riding Vanir Kamira. Burghley 2018
 

It was finding new love in partner Tom March and the birth of their son Max, which helped restore her passion for eventing.

“Tom was my rock through hard times then having a baby was the best thing that happened," she said. "I had hit rock bottom but since being a mother, I think 'what will be will be'.

"When I was young, I was hell-bent on that final result, you spend your life dreaming and then working towards that dream. I had stopped enjoying it but I have come back to it with a different head on.

"It has brought results because I am more relaxed."

Piggy's new-found and more relaxed approach saw her standing on the podium last Sunday when she competed on Quarrycrest Echo. She had, however, said that if things did not pan out, she would now better able to deal with disappointment.

“Tom and Max are my world. We have our little bubble and we are very happy in it," she said. "We just bundle along and do our thing and if some horses take us places then that is amazing.

"If not, then we are all quite happy to keep doing what we do at home and enjoying life.”
 
Source: Reuters
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Eventing fans at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 were treated to one of the thrilling afternoons of sport as four days of compelling competition came down to the very final show jumping fence.

FEI/Liz Gregg

Ultimately, it was Great Britain’s Rosalind Canter, riding Allstar B, who proved to be the star of a spectacular show with her double clear round proving critical in securing her individual gold and giving Great Britain the world title, to go with their 2017 European crown.

Ireland, led by individual silver medallist Padraig McCarthy, broke records all over the place. The country’s team silver was their first team medal at a world championships since the inaugural event in 1966, while McCarthy’s individual success was the nation’s first since John Watson – father of current team member Sam Watson – finished second 40 years ago.

“There were quite a few tears which really isn’t very normal for me. It’s absolutely incredible,” said Canter, who entered the arena with Team GB just 0.20 points ahead of Ireland, after poles down for both Tom McEwen and Piggy French. “In the back of my mind I did know (the team situation) but I was just focused on my horse and my warm-up. You have to try and block that out.”

FEI/Christophe Taniere

Canter, who won European team gold with Great Britain in 2017, was quick to praise legendary eventing coach Chris Bartle, emphasising how the 66 year old has made her “less intense” since he joined the team at the end of 2016.

Ireland, who had started the day a significant 8.20 points behind the British, were in rampant form throughout, highlighted by the confident McCarthy on Mr Chunky.

“In a previous life I used to be a show jumper, so it gave me a lot of confidence,”McCarthy said, before confirming medals have long been on his mind. “I have dreamt about it for the last six months, at least. With a horse like this you have to dream big.”

FEI/Liz Gregg

With joy for some came heartache for others. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke seemed destined to add the ultimate sparkle to her glittering career with a first ever individual world championship gold right up until the moment she and mount SAP Hale Bob OLD flicked the last fence and handed the glory to Canter.

“If somebody had told me before I would come here and get individual bronze I would have been very happy,” said the WEG 2014 team gold medallist. “It was very close, last fence, last rail, for sure the first moment I was disappointed but it was the only mistake that we did on the whole weekend.”

Reigning Olympic team champions France took team bronze, although their celebrations were tinged with regret as Lieutenant Colonel Thibaut Vallette and Astier Nicolas, lying fourth and fifth respectively after the cross country, both knocked a pole down to ruin hopes of climbing onto the individual podium.

Team Japan produced a stunning display to finish fourth overall, suggesting that the home nation could be one to watch come the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With hosts Japan already guaranteed a place at the 2020 Games, Germany and Australia booked their tickets by finishing fifth and sixth respectively before New Zealand, buoyed by Burghley 2018 winner Tim Price’s eighth place overall, snatched the final qualification spot.
 
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