FINDON eventer Tina Cook is now eligible for selection for the British Olympics following an outstanding effort to finish third with Miners Frolic at the FEI event in Ireland recently.
The double Olympic gold medallist had faced having to qualify as a combination with her horse, Miners Frolic, after he suffered from colitis last year. and almost died.
Tina had also suffered the blow of the death of her father, Josh Gifford, shortly before the Irish FEI event, but still pulled out all stops to gain a real chance of a place in the team.
Speaking of Miners Frolic, who was also European champion in 2009, she said: “It was only 50-50 for him after he got colitis-and he very nearly died. He was very lucky, he pulled through and he looks fantastic now.
“I’ve been working really hard to get him qualified for the Olympics, which is crazy. It has been the main objective this winter.”
She is wary that there are plenty of rivals for the five spaces in the team.
“There are a lot of us battling out for the five places that are up for grabs. There are quite a few other riders with lots of experience.”
Tina took third place in Ireland where the British riders were split by Ireland’s Elizabeth Power (September Bliss), with Oliver Townend winning on Arctic Mouse.
It was an outstanding performance for Tina and Miner’s Frolic under the circumstances and proved the fitness of Miner’s frolic who missed almost the whole of last year through illness.