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Team GB win silver at the World Equestrian Games

PUBLISHED: 11:03 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 04 November 2014

Tina Cook at home in Sussex

Tina Cook at home in Sussex

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The British eventing team secured a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after winning a silver medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) last month in France, and William Fox-Pitt also won an individual bronze on board the stallion Chilli Morning.

Germany took the team gold title, with The Netherlands clinching the bronze. In the individual competition it was a German one-two, with Sandra Auffarth securing gold, ahead of current Olympic and European champion Michael Jung.

All four members of the British team – Sussex girl Tina Cook (pictured at home), William Fox-Pitt, Harry Meade and Zara Phillips – contributed to the success.

Tina Cook with her home-bred De Novo News, owned by Tina and Jim Chromiak, were unfortunate to have two rails down in an otherwise superb showjumping round, for 75.6 penalties and 16th place.

Tina said; “I brought a young horse here and he has gone very well; to have two showjumps down is unlike him but the atmosphere in that arena was unbelievable – to have 20,000 people all screaming and shouting. We were always going to struggle to catch the Germans, but we’re thrilled as a team to have achieved Olympic qualification and a silver medal; I’m really happy.”

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