EQUESTRIANISM: CAROLINE Pratt has been named on a list of 14 riders for the British event team for the Olympic Games in Athens next year.
The Elworth-based rider, who was in with a shot for the British Olympic team in 2000 and represented Britain at the European Championships in France in 2001, has been rewarded for her impressive performance at Burghley this year, where she finished seventh on Primitive Control, the horse she would take to Greece.
In August, she was one of six British riders who took part in the Olympic Test Event in Athens, where she finished second on Kinsey Control, behind fellow British rider Terry Boon.
British team manager Yogi Breisner and the British Eventing Selection Committee have identified the leading British combinations from 2003, with the focus on the Olympics.
All the riders on the list will be supported by the UK Sport-funded Eventing World Class Performance Programme from January 1 and the squad will be reviewed at the end of May 2004, after Badminton.
Pratt, who lives at Tetton Hall, said: 'I am 41, but you are as old as you feel and I am fit.
'The Olympics would be nice,but there are a lot of good combinations out there and it is a long list.
'If it happens, it happens.' Primitive Control is owned by retired Middlewich farmers Dick and Frances Kinsey. The squad also includes Zara Phillips and Pippa Funnell, the sport's best-known personality.
'The riders on the World Class Performance Programme for next year are those who are currently in the running for selection for the British Olympic team,' said Breisner.
'It is not a definitive list and it will be reviewed after Badminton and other riders may then be added if their performances in the spring warrant it.'