Arctic Soul triumphs in Event Rider Masters leg at Gatcombe Park

  • Former racehorse delivers for Gemma Tattersall

Gemma Tattersall riding former racehorse Arctic Soul yesterday won the fifth leg of the Event Rider Master series at Gatcombe Park.

In winning, Tattersall defied the statistics by becoming the first competitor in Event Rider Master series history to be placed outside of the top five after dressage and go on to win. Afterwards Tattersall described Arctic Soul as “the best cross-country horse in the world.”

Owned by the Soul Syndicate, former racehorse, Arctic Soul and Tattersall produced a master-class in the cross-country round. The pair jumped clear and added just 1.2 time penalties to finish on a winning score of 53.7 penalties.  Arctic Soul’s thoroughbred pedigree came to the fore as they posted the quickest round of the day, which rocketed the pair from eleventh place after the showjumping to victory.

An ecstatic Gemma Tattersall said: “I am over the moon.  I thought the two rails we had in the showjumping was going to cost us the win, but Arctic Soul gave me the ride of my life. I think he is the best cross-country horse in the world.  It doesn’t matter what the terrain is, he suits any track, he is so versatile and just fabulous”.

The win was Tattersall’s second outright victory in the 2017 Event Rider Master series, having previously won a leg on another horse, Quicklook. With only two legs of the series to run, the victory means Tattersall extends her overall ERM series lead to 13 points on a current total of 104 points.  Leg 2 winner Sarah Cohen sits in second on 91 points, and New Zealander, Sir Mark Todd, who finished in fourth place today lies in third place on 69 points.

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