Great Britain’s Gemma Tattersall stamped her dominance on the 2017 Event Rider Master series today, by winning the fifth leg at Gatcombe Park.
Riding the Soul Syndicate’s former racehorse, Arctic Soul, Tattersall produced a masterclass, with a very quick cross country round. She jumped clear and added just 1.2 time penalties to finish on a winning score of 53.7. Arctic Soul’s former career on the racecourse was obvious as he ate up the challenging terrain on the cross country, posting the quickest round of the day, which rocketed the pair from eleventh place after the showjumping to victory.
Tattersall also defied the ERM statistics and became the first competitor in series history to sit outside of the top five after dressage to then go on and win.
A ecstatic Gemma Tattersall said:
“I am over the moon. I thought the two rails we had in the showjumping was going to cost us the win, but Arctic Soul gave me the ride of my life around here today. I think he is the best cross country horse in the world. It doesn’t matter what the terrain is, he suits any track, he is so versatile and just fabulous”.
Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal riding Balham Mist secured his first podium finish in second, completing on a score of 55.4. Great Britain also filled third place with Alexander Bragg riding Zagreb, finishing on a score of 56 penalties.