Much to fans’ delight, Harry Meade and Wild Lone were called up for Great Britain’s Nations Cup team at Aachen this morning, replacing World Equestrian Games team member Tina Cook, who has instead re-routed to Barbury International CIC3* this weekend with De Novo News.
Fans decried the absence of Harry and Wild Lone from the WEG squad after last month’s announcement, as it was widely believed that their third-place finish at Badminton would land them a spot on the team. It was an especially impressive performance considering he’d come back from two dislocated and broken elbows mere months earlier.
Aachen has long been used as a warmup of sorts for teams leading up to big championships like the World Equestrian Games, and Harry Meade’s involvement is a big hint that he may also be tapped to replace Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie on the WEG squad. Izzy announced earlier this week that a minor setback has led to the unfortunate withdrawal of the mare from Normandy.
While Great Britain did not make its alternate list public, Harry has confirmed via Twitter that he was named an alternate. Gemma Tattersall also confirmed her spot on the alternate list via Twitter, so they’re both definitely in the hunt as potential replacements for Izzy. What do you think, EN? Is this a sign that Harry Meade and Wild Lone might be named to Team Great Britain for Normandy?