Britain’s Olympic Hopefuls – Tina Fletcher

This week’s Olympic hopeful is Tina Fletcher. Tina is one of Britain’s leading showjumpers with over 30 years competition experience and will be part of Team GB this summer in London.

Born on 12 June 1965, she is now married to former Olympic silver medallist Graham Fletcher. They have two sons, William and Oliver, and run a yard near Wantage in Oxon.

Tina began her riding career in the Pony Club at the age of four and was very successful throughout the 1990s, winning the National Grade C Championship at Horse Of The Year Show in 1996 with her horse Sparticus II and then had a repeat victory the following year with McCoist.

Having regularly represented Britain in nations cup competitions during her career, Tina is now back competing at the highest level with a stable of top class horses.

Tina has won The Queen Elizabeth II Cup three times (1992, 1993, 2007) and narrowly missed out on becoming the first lady to win the Hickstead Jumping Derby since 1973 when riding Promised Land in a tense jump-off against Guy Williams in 2010.

She achieved her “lifetime ambition” in 2011 when Promised Land jumped a second clear round in the Hickstead Jumping Derby in succession to lift the famous Boomerang Trophy.

She may not go in to this summer’s events as the favourite but her skills and experience should give everyone reason to be hopeful.

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