British rider Kristina (Tina) Cook (45) who is based in West Sussex, is a long-standing member of British teams. With De Novo News she was a member of the British silver medal team at the 2014 WEG and with Miners Frolic a member of the British Olympic team that won silver in London 2012 where she was sixth in the individual competition – the pair was 13th at the European Championships in 2013. (In October 2015 she sadly lost De Novo News after he contracted shipping fever on the way back from Strzegom)
Tina first represented GB in 1987 winning team gold at the Junior European Championships (Song & Dance Man). She was a regular and successful member of British Young Rider teams and was National Champion in 1991. The following year she competed at her first Badminton (10th, Song & Dance Man) and made her first senior team appearance in the 1993 European Championships when she won individual silver (Song & Dance Man). She was a member of British gold medal teams at the World Equestrian Games (1994) and European Championships (’95 & ’99) and in 1997 won individual European bronze with General Jock. With her Olympic ride Miners Frolic she won the European Championships in 2009 and Olympic team and individual bronze in 2008. In 2010 they won team gold at the WEG in Lexington where they were 29th individually.
Tina trains with dressage riders Amy Stovold and Dane Rawlins.
Tina’s father the late Josh Gifford was four-times Champion Jockey and a successful trainer – he trained Aldaniti to win the Grand National in 198. Her mother Althea Roger-Smith was a successful international show jumper who represented GB and was a winner of the Queen Elizabeth Cup. Tina is assisstant to her racehorse trainer brother Nick at the yard in Findon, Sussex.
She has two children Isabelle (11) & Harry (8) from her former marriage.
Star Witness owned by Jim Chromiak, Bridget Biddlecombe and Shaun Lawson is an 11-year-old Irish-bred gelding (Weatherbys NTR). He is by Witness Box out of Drive on Rosie by Glacial Storm. He was bought from Doncaster sales as an unbroken three-year-old. He completed his first four-star at Burghley last year in 8th place.
16.2hh, bay, gelding
Sire Witness Box
Dam Drive On Rosie (Glacial Storm)
Breeder Andy Leahy
Jim Chromiak, Newbury, Berks.
Bridget Biddlecombe, Petersfield, Hants.
Shaun Lawson, Rudgewick, W. Sussex & Nick Embiricos,Billinghurst, W. Sussex.