Page sets sights on international longevity

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Tim Page has set his sights on a prolonged stay in the Great Britain senior showjumping team after tasting success at the Nations Cup in Denmark.

The Badwell Ash-based rider was part of a young four-strong showjumping squad along with Holly Gillott, Harriet Nuttall and Jessie Drea, that upset the odds in Odense.

They overcame 12 other nations including Switzerland, France, Belgium and favoured hosts Denmark to win the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Division Two title.

The 24-year-old endured mixed fortunes aboard Alpheton-based Santa 
Cruise, trained by Sue Hodgson, suffering 16 faults in his first round, before coming back strongly in the second with only four faults as the four riders combined scores proved enough for victory, much to Page’s delight.

“We were not considered the favourites at all because we had a very young squad,” he said. “So to win the competition was a great feeling because as a team we all performed well.

“Denmark had that home crowd advantage and so I think were favourites, but thankfully we did enough.

“It was the first time I’ve ridden Santa Cruise in a competition like this and so I didn’t realy know how he would perform. However, he was great and so I was really pleased.

“It was a great opportunity for the Great Britain selectors to have a look at some of the younger riders with an eye on the future and I think we all did enough to be considered again.

“Hopefully I’ve impressed the team enough because I would love to be part of the national team again.”