Britain and France Name Teams for CHIO Aachen

Sarah Bullimore and Corouet. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

After the exciting announcement of the US eventing team for CHIO Aachen, which will take place at the start of July, we’ve got some more line-ups to share with you — and the British certainly aren’t messing around as they prepare to head to Germany. The CCIO4*-S competition at Aachen is historically used as an important selection trial, as well as a hugely prestigious team competition in its own right — and the Brits have opted to send out a field of big guns, including the reigning World Champions Ros Canter and Allstar B, one of the country’s finest ‘young guns’ in Yasmin Ingham, on her second-string horse, and two top-class competitors in Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser and Sarah Bullimore and Corouet who’ll be hoping for redemption after uncharacteristic errors at spring five-stars. Here’s how the line-up looks:

Sarah Bullimore and Corouet – 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Balou du Rouet x Lilly Corinne, by Lovis Corinth), owned by Brett Bullimore, the Kew Jumping Syndicate, and the rider

Ros Canter and Allstar B – 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Ephebe For Ever x Narenca B, by Ekstein), owned by Caroline Moore and the rider. Direct reserve – Izilot DHI, owned by Alex Moody and the rider.

William Fox-Pitt and Little Fire – 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Graf Top x Heraldiks Angara, by Heraldik), owned by Jennifer Dowling and the rider.

Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ – 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tinaranas Inspector x Rehy Misty, by Big Sink Hope), owned by Moorecroft Limited.

Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser – 15-year-old Selle Français gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Ariane du Prieure II, by Papillon Rouge), owned by Fred and Penny Barker, Jane Coppell and Alison McEwen.

The French team has gone for a different tactic, focusing their team strategy on developing exciting young horses — and the nine- and ten-year-olds they’ve selected have delivered some promising results over the last season. It’s a particularly poignant selection for Chaman Dumontceau who, prior to joining the string of Stéphane Landois, was the ride of Thaïs Meheust, who tragically passed away after a riding accident in 2019 at the age of 22.

Here’s the French team in full:

Luc Chateau and Cocorico de l’Ebat – 10-year-old Selle Français stallion (Propriano de l’Ebat x Nela des Bruyeres, by Papillon Rouge), owned by Caroline Queval and the rider

Stéphane Landois and Chaman Dumontceau –  10-year-old Selle Français gelding (Top Berlin du Temple x Cocagne des Pins, by Narcos II), owned by S.C.E.A. Blue Cherry Stable

Camille Lejeune and Good Size des Quatre Chênes – 10-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion (King Size x Jamila des Quatre Chenes, by Figaro de Belle), owned by Catherine de Foy

Gaspard Maksud and Zaragoza – 9-year-old British-bred Sport Horse (Cevin Z x unknown dam), owned by Jane Young and Martin Thurlow

Benjamin Massié and Climaine de Cacao – 10-year-old Selle Français mare (Captain Paul x Nolis du Bois Heroult, by Trophee du Rozel), owned by Claire Mugnier, Malaurie Marceron, and the rider

Both line-ups will be made up of a four-person team and an individual pair, and this will be decided upon closer to the time of the competition. Keep it locked onto EN for all the latest Aachen updates and, of course, wall-to-wall coverage from the competition itself. Go Eventing!