Two WOW riders will represent Britain at the Europeans
Two of the riders sponsored by WOW have been selected as part of the 12 man squad for the European Eventing Championships, to be held at Blair Castle 10th to 13th Sept. Francis Whittington and Mrs Catherine Witt’s Easy Target, and Kitty King with Frank and Jane Inns’ Persimmon, will not find out if they are part of the actual team until closer to the date, but as the UK are the host nation, all 12 of the selected riders will get to run as individuals at least. For Francis it has been a 20 year wait to get on a senior championship squad after initially representing his country on Pony and Young Rider squads.
Kitty was the first rider to represent her country at all four levels in eventing (Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders and Seniors) and this will be her second European Championship attempt. A second place finish at CCI*** Bramham secured her spot on ‘Percy’, who Kitty has produced from a youngster. That is a similar story to Francis, who got Easy Target (Smokey) as an unruly five year old. “It is very exciting after 20 years of hard work towards it,” Francis exclusively told WOW. “It is also going to be a fantastic opportunity for my sponsors, owners and staff to be part of a championship event.” Francis withdrew Easy Target at Barbury last Sunday because of the rain and wet ground; not because he had a prophetic vision! Interestingly, this is also a first European Championship for owner Catherine Witt, who now has two entries because she also owns William Fox Pitt’s Bay My Hero.