LUMMEN TEAM SELECTED
The four British riders who will form
‘Team Champion’ at the Belgian Nations
Cup to be held in Lummen on Friday 2nd May
2008 have been selected.
World Class Performance Squad member
David McPherson from Maidstone in Kent
will make his thirteenth British Team
appearance. David, a member of the British
Bronze medal winning squad at the 2007
European Championships will ride Double
Dutch, a twelve year-old bay gelding owned
by Janet Mourkogiannis, Red Dawn a twelve
year-old brown gelding and Maxim Trijol a
seven year-old bay gelding.
Fellow World Class Performance Squad
member Duncan Inglis from Haywards
Heath, West Sussex will compete with his own
British bred chestnut mare, Sunkist and
Pit’s Daughter, an eight year-old chestnut
mare owned by Alistair Hippisley-Gatherum.
Duncan will make his fifth appearance on a
British Nations Cup Team.
Evolution Squad member Guy Williams
from Canterbury in Kent will ride David
Walker’s twelve year-old chestnut gelding,
Skip Two Ramiro, Mark Williams’ eleven
year-old bay mare Una II and Pybalia, an
eleven year-old bay mare owned by Lynne
Humphries. This will be Guy’s sixth British
Twenty-two year old Ellen Whitaker
from Barnsley South Yorkshire will make her
sixteenth British Team appearance. Ellen who
was also a member of the British Bronze
medal winning squad at the 2007 European
Championships will ride Ocolado, a twelve
year-old chestnut gelding which is jointly
owned by Dawn Makin and Ellen’s father,
Steven Whitaker. Ellen will also compete
with CS Online, an eleven year-old chestnut
stallion owned by George Harding and Ashdale
Futuro, a thirteen year-old bay gelding
owned by Dave Quigley. Ellen is also a
member of the World Class Performance Squad.
The Team will be led by Chef d’Equipe
James Fisher from Sonning in Berkshire.
‘Team Champion’ will be sporting
the branding of their new title sponsors for
the first time in the Belgian Nations Cup.
With a reputation built upon safety,
Champion has a tremendous British heritage
and the brand has been a driving force in
the design and development of protective
riding hats for nearly three decades.
Champions’ sponsorship of the Evolution
Squad and British Nations Cup Team is the
result of the brands’ deep-seated belief in
the importance of continual development,
dedication and professionalism, together
with a desire to offer British equestrian
talent every possible opportunity to reach
the very top of competitive show jumping.
The Performance Squad is one of
three squads identified as part of the
British Show Jumping Association and World
Class Performance Development Plan. The Plan
is designed to assist riders to maximise the
performance of their horses, and most
importantly, to improve results at
International level. The Performance Squad
is made up of horse/rider combinations that
are most likely to form the Samsung Super
League and Senior Championship Teams during
this season. It is funded through the BSJA
and UK Sport. The Squad is managed by Derek
The Evolution Squad is aimed at
identifying combinations of riders with
promising horses at 4* level or those that
are developing towards that level. Its focus
is on better managing the transition to
Samsung Super League and Championship Level.
The Squad is being funded through new
investment by the BSJA, with support from
World Class. It is managed by Derek
Ricketts, supported by Mike Florence and
Corinne Bracken. The aim is to work with
riders and owners to better manage their
competition planning and development in
order to ensure the horse/rider combination
maximise their potential.
The British Show Jumping Teams continue
to be strongly supported by the UK Sport
lottery funded BEF World Class programme.
The Belgian Nations Cup takes place on
Friday 2nd May and news and results can be
followed at www.csiolummen.be.