Pupils at Christ’s Hospital School had a special guest for lunch on Monday 28th January; the well-known British Olympic eventing rider, Gemma Tattersall, who is from Horsham, visited the School and spent time with a group of pupils, who are fans.
Gemma Tattersall is ranked 3rd internationally, regularly being placed in the top ten at Badminton and Burghley 4* Horse Trials. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where she finished 41st in the individual and 5th in the team competition. Gemma now has her sights on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The pupils who were lucky enough to meet Gemma are themselves riding enthusiasts and members of the School’s riding club.
“Having watched Gemma both on television and at competitions for many years now, it was truly an honour to be able to talk with her and hear stories from some of the most prestigious events, such as the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games, where team GB won gold in eventing last year,” said Madeline, age 17, from Pulborough, “It’s not every day you are able to get an insight into the behind-the-scenes world of top athletes such as Gemma; from flying a team of horses half way around the world, to hearing about the luxurious stables and facilities at the Rio Olympics.”
Several members of Gemma’s family are Old Blues – former pupils of Christ’s Hospital – so it was particularly good to welcome her as a guest to the School.