Tattersall leads the British charge in Strzegom

Tattersall leads the British charge in Strzegom
By Sportsbeat

19/08/2017 at 03:23Updated

Gemma Tattersall was the pick of three British personal bests on day two of the dressage phase at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Strzegom.

Tattersall's ride with The Pebbles Syndicate's Quicklook V was enough to secure fourth place for the duo overnight on 33.1 penalties. "It feels incredible and a relief," said an ecstatic Tattersall. "She came down here [to the warm-up arena] and for the first time in her life was a little bit nervous, so I started off in my dressage quietly and she realised it was just a dressage test and she was then perfect. "I'm just so proud of her, my aim was to get a personal best and that's what we've done and I'm so very, very proud. "I feel that Quicklook and I are on great form, that we can ride for ourselves and get an individual medal for GB – that's the aim, and I'll be doing my absolute best to try and achieve that." Tina Cook had set the tone for Great Britain with her test on Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson's Billy The Red, recording another personal best to sit twelfth on 38.2 penalties. "I'm really, really pleased with him, there's a lot of atmosphere in there," Cook said. "He's only a ten-year-old so he's still a relatively young horse and I hope I'll have him at this level for many years. The final personal best of the day came in the form of Nicola Wilson and Bulana, owned by Jo and James Lambert. The score of 35.1 penalties was enough for seventh place, with Wilson delighted with the result. "She gave me as much as she could and really coped with the atmosphere and the pressure in there," she said. "She just keeps getting better, that was another personal best for her, so that's three in a row for her now. I'm just over the moon and I'm so pleased for James and Jo Lambert who own her." Day two's success puts Britain third in the team event behind Germany and France. Germany's Bettina Hoy on Seigneur Medicott leads the individual rankings thanks to her dressage score of 24.6 penalties.

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