Tattersall crowned ERM series champion
Britain’s Gemma Tattersall was crowned the 2017 Event Rider Masters Champion today at the series finale held at Blenheim Palace. At the seventh and final leg of the £400,000 series, Tattersall produced another competitive performance, finishing fourth riding Chico Bella P.
Commenting on her series win, Tattersall said;
“I have enjoyed the pressure that the series has created and embraced it. Since I left school at sixteen I have been working toward this and it’s exciting to have so many horses able to compete at this level”
Sarah Cohen (GBR) secured second place in the series accumulating 93 points. She competed in six legs on her horse Treason, securing five top ten finishes, including winning Leg 2 at Wiesbaden, Germany.
Sarah Cohen commented;
“I am so proud to have finished second in the series. I decided not to run Treason cross country today as it wasn’t going to impact on our overall place in the series. I want to look after him for the future as I couldn’t have asked more of him this year, he has been an absolute star. He means the world to me as I bred him and he and my children’s pony are the only horses I have. Maybe I’ll now be looking for another to also compete in the series next year!”
The former double Olympic champion and FEI rider of the 20th century, Sir Mark Todd also added third place in the overall ERM series to his impressive CV. Completing in ninth place at the final leg with Kiltubrid Rhapsody, Todd delivered four top ten ERM performances in 2017, securing a total of 87 series points.
Sir Mark Todd commented:
“I failed to get on the ERM podium last year, and I am delighted things have gone better this series and I finished third. It’s a brilliant series, the competition is really tough and its very satisfying when you do well and I am looking forward to targeting ERM again next year”.
Chris Stone, CEO of the Event Rider Masters, said;
“Across the 2017 Event Rider Masters series the horses and riders have produced some exceptional performances. We have a fantastic series winner in Gemma Tattersall! ERM is a truly international competition with podium wins for Great Britain, France, Germany and Australia”
“By embracing technology and innovation we’ve also helped bring the sport of Eventing closer to a global TV audience. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make the series happen and we are looking forward to it being even bigger and better in 2018”.
All the action from the series can be viewed again at eventridermasters.tv. A series highlights programme will be aired across global TV channels later this month.