It will be the fifth consecutive visit to Badminton for British rider Gemma Tattersall (33) who was 7th here last year with Arctic Soul. Gemma is the reigning National Champion having won the 2017 British Open CIC3* at Gatcombe with Arctic Soul. Last year she was a member of the British squad for the European Championships riding as an individual and completing in 8th place with Quicklook V. In 2016 with Quicklook she was a member of the team for the Rio Olympic Games. Earlier that year she gained a career best result when 3rd at Badminton with Arctic Soul – the pair was 3rd at Burghley in 2017. She is currently 3rd in the FEI World rider rankings.
Gemma is based at the purpose built yard of Tattleton Stud in Horsham. Gemma relocated to Tattleton in 2009 from the riding school and livery yard (Hylands Yard) owned by her mother, where she had lived and learnt to ride from a young age. By the age of eight, Gemma had started to win in dressage and eventing. She progressed through the levels – she passed her Pony Club A test – and was a member of the British junior squad. In 2003 she took the ride on Jesters Quest and the following year the pair won the National Under-21 Championship and in 2005 & ‘06 Young Rider team gold medals. In 2007 the pair made its four-star debut completing both Badminton and Burghley. In 2009 she was given the ride on Kings Gem with who she won the Under-25 championship in 2010.
In 2013 with Arctic soul she was reserve for the British European team. In 2014 after an impressive cross country round at Badminton, the pair was unlucky to be eliminated for missing a flag at Huntsman’s Close – but were reserves for the British team for the WEG. In 2015 they placed 16th at Badminton and later that year she made her senior championship debut at the European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 9th place with Arctic Soul.
In 2015 she gained her first CIC3* win, at Burgham with Chico Bella and in 2016 the pair won the CIC3* at Bramham. In 2015 with the then six-year-old Chilli’s Gem she won the Welton Romance trophy at the young horse championships, as the highest placed mare in the six-year-old championship (3rd) and in 2016 the pair finished 7th in CCI2* at the World Young Horse Championships .
Gemma trains with Richard Waygood, Chris Bartle and Ian Woodhead.
Arctic Soul, (aka Spike) owned by The Soul Syndicate, is a 15-year-old Irish-bred Thoroughbred. Bred by Michael Whitty he is by the National Hunt sire Luso (winner of the Italian Derby) out of a mare by Roi Danzig. Bred for the track he started four times without success and was then produced in eventing by Nicky Roncoroni and acquired for Gemma at the end of 2011.
Pamero 4 is an 11-year-old hannoverian gelding. He is by Perigeux out of Rita by Ritual (a son of Ramiro Z). He was produced by Laura Collett to three-star – the pair was third in the 2014 World young horse seven-year-old championship. Gemma Acquired the ride at the beginning of 2017.
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Dam Dream Cocktail (Roi Danzig)
Breeder Michael Whitty
Owner(s): The Soul Syndicate, Horsham, W. Sussex
16.3hh , bay , gelding
Dam Rita (Ritual)
Breeder Mr Wilhelm Kappler
Owner(s): Clive Smith, Windlesham, Surrey