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Congratulations to Tina Cook on her Olympic Call Up!

Blue Chip sponsored rider, Tina Cook has received her third Olympic call up to attend the 2016 Rio Games as travelling reserve, following the unfortunate withdrawal of Allercombe Ellie for Izzy Taylor. Pippa Funnell, the original travelling reserve will now compete in Izzy’s place on Billy the Biz, and Tina will bring Elisabeth Murdoch’s Billy the Red as reserve. In a recent interview, Tina said she has ‘produced him with this goal and he is an incredibly talented young horse who is definitely an Olympic prospect, with a super temperament’. She also thinks that even though this will be his first time going on a plane, he will travel well and thrive on the whole experience. In the run up to Rio, Tina has achieved some excellent results throughout the season with Billy the Red, including second place in the CIC*** at Bramham International Horse Trials, as well as 7th at the same level at Chatsworth in May, proving he is in an excellent position for a positive result if Tina does end up riding at the Games should a last minute issue arise in the squad. In her previous Olympic team appearances, Tina was both a Team and Individual Olympic Bronze medallist at Beijing 2008 and a Team Silver medallist at London 2012. As it stands, the full British eventing squad for Rio now consists of: William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning Kitty King on Ceylor LAN Gemma Tattersall on Quicklook V Pippa Funnell on Billy The Biz Travelling reserve: Tina Cook on Billy The Red Keep up to date with Tina’s progress at www.bluechipfeed.com or on Facebook, Instagram... read more

Kristina is Shortlisted for Rio 2016 Olympics!

Congratulations to Kristina Cook, who has been nominated to represent Team GB on both Billy the Red and Calvino II, as well as Star Witness as a reserve at the 2016 Rio Olympics! She has been chosen as part of a strong selection of riders which includes:   Laura Collett on Grand Manoeuvre Tina Cook on Calvino II and Billy The Red William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning Pippa Funnell on Billy The Biz Kitty King on Ceylor LAN Tom McEwen on Toledo De Kerser Gemma Tattersall on Chico Bella P and Quicklook V Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie Holly Woodhead on DHI Lupison Nicola Wilson on One Two Many Laura Collett on Pamero 4 (reserve) Tina Cook on Star Witness (reserve) Gemma Tattersall on Arctic Soul (reserve)     She joins Gemma Tatterstall as the only other rider to be nominated on more than one horse and is nominated alongside fellow Olympians Nicola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt who competed with her at the London 2012 games. We wish Tina the best of luck and have everything crossed for her when the final selections are made on the 18th... read more

Success for Kristina Cook at Bramham International Horse Trials

Kristina Cook had another successful weekend of competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials in the CIC *** International Advanced class on both Billy the Red and Calvino II Elisabeth Murdoch’s, Billy the Red proved his talent again after Tina had fantastic rounds both across country and in the show jumping phase, where no time faults or jumping penalties were incurred, raising her from sixth place after dressage, to finish in second position on her score of 49.3 She also finished in 11th place on the 11 year old, Calvino II, who had an unlucky pole down show jumping, but still attained his best result so far at CIC*** level; a promising prospect for the rest of the season Congratulations to Kristina on another excellent result amongst stiff competition and over a challenging, technical course. To keep up with Kristina’s progress, and find out more about Blue Chip Pro, the feed that keeps her horses in top condition for international competition, visit the Blue Chip Website www.bluechipfeed.com as well as Facebook (Blue Chip Feed) and Instagram... read more

Kristina Cook’s Top Tips for Protecting Joints

International event rider and Olympic Silver medallist, Kristina Cook has competed at the highest levels in eventing so appreciates the importance of caring for her horses joints, she uses Blue Chip Joint RLF as part of her daily feeding regime. Kristina shares her tops tips on how to protect joints effectively so you can keep your horse sound and competing: Supplement with a premium joint supplement “The majority of competition horses will experience some form of join pain or soreness in their career, so it is important to give them a helping hand from the start” says Tina. “When it comes to your horses’ joints, prevention is always better than a cure and from the moment my horses come into work, they are all fed Blue Chip Joint RLF.” Blue Chip Joint RLF supplies essential nutrients vital to joint health such as Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid and Rosa canina, and Tina says that she “trusts her horses’ soundness and well-being to this premium product”. Train on good surfaces Excessive activity on hard ground can lead to a number of joint and lower limb problems which is why Tina is always conscious of the ground that she trains and competes her horses on. She says “You can’t always control the ground that your horse competes on but you can always control what they train on. All my horses are trained in an outdoor school which is regularly harrowed so it does not compact and provides a cushioned surface for schooling. When it comes to galloping and fast work, I stick to areas and surfaces I know have good quality grounding” Use... read more

Kristina Cook: Life at the Top

As one of the UK’s top International Three Day Event riders, Kristina Cook, aged 45, has had an extraordinary career in the sport to become the competitor that she is now. Kristina was born into horses; her father, Josh Gifford, a champion jockey and mother, Althea Roger-Smith, a successful international showjumper, encouraged her ambitions from an early age and she began eventing full-time at sixteen years old. At the age of twenty, she won a Land Rover scholarship to be based at Gatcombe with Captain Mark Phillips, where she trained for a year and kick started her eventing career. She made her first British team appearance in 1987 as a Junior, with her first British Senior call up in 1988 where she took Individual Bronze at the European Championships on Smithstown Lad. Since then, her success has snowballed, with major achievements including Team and Individual Bronze at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Individual and Team Gold at the European Championships in Fontainbleu in 2009 and Team Gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky on Miners Frolic, who also went on to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London. She also took Team Silver on De Novo News at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Despite the loss of De Novo News, Kristina has remained focused on being selected for her third consecutive Olympic Games on either Calvino II or Billy the Red, both horses who she says are “nippy and agile, really good across country and careful jumpers who would cope with the heat”. Unusually for Kristina, both horses are warmbloods and not homebred, but acquired from... read more

Tina Cook has Top Ten Finish at Badminton Horse Trials 2016

The 8th of May saw the conclusion of the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in which Blue Chip sponsored rider Tina Cook had an incredible three days of competition to finish in 7th position on Star Witness on her dressage score of 49.7 – a score which saw her lying in 42nd place after the first days of competition. After an exceptional display of riding across country on Saturday, Tina finished well within the optimum time of 11 minutes 58 seconds to move up to 14th position and in strong contention for a top ten finish after show jumping on the Sunday, which she obtained after a faultless round allowing her to finish 7th overall amongst very stiff competition. As well as a fantastic overall result, Tina also took the Frank Weldon Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the rider of the youngest British owned and ridden horse in the top 12, a well-deserved accolade for both her and Star Witness who only completed his first four star event at Burghley last September. We wish Tina and Star Witness the best of luck for the season ahead and look forward to reporting their success over the coming... read more

Tina Cook wins at Burnham Market

Eventer Tina Cook’s win at Burnham Market was featured in Horse & Hound magazine this week! ‘The sole advanced section went to Tina Cook and her 2014 World Equestrian Games partner De Novo News, who held off Andrew Hoy and Lanfranco. “It’s unusual for me to win a one-day event,” said Tina. “He went really well in all three phases. I just wanted a good prep run before Badminton, so it’s an added bonus that he won. He’s not full ‘blood’ so it was good to open him up a bit across... read more

Tina Cook Featured in Horse & Hound

Tina was featured in Horse & Hound’s weekly equestrian magazine for her success at Tweseldown (1) Hants 12-15 March. “William (Fox-Pitt) was not the only rider surprised by his speed, but with Tweseldown providing excellent going in all three phases, conditions were ripe for cruising on. The cross-country ran almost entirely round the race course on good grass cover. “The going was the best ever here and the course was big and bold, with a few questions” said William. Tina Cook, who headed intermediate section A, agreed: “It was a fantastic flowing track and there was a big improvement int he conditions this year”. Her ride was DHI Zancorgino, an 11-year-old by Lupicor who was bought for 2008 junior European Champion Sienna Myson Davies, but turned out to be too big for her. “Carol [Sienna’s mother] asked me to ride him in the middle of last year. He’s a really scopey jumper” said Tina. Click here for the full... read more