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British Eventer Piggy French’s Long Road to Stardom

Recently, Great Britain’s Georgina ‘Piggy’ French won her first-ever five-star event after 25 attempts, and a decade competing in the sport.

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By: Pamela Young |

A decade has passed since Great Britain’s Georgina ‘Piggy’ French made her international breakthrough in the senior sport by winning the individual silver medal at the European Eventing Championships in Fontainebleau. It is appropriate therefore that the 38-year-old mother of one should celebrate this anniversary by winning her first-ever five-star after 25 attempts. She hoisted the iconic silverware and pocketed the £100,000 prize money offered by the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May after a clear show jumping round on Vanir Kamira, beating ex-boyfriend Oliver Townend by the perilous margin of 0.3 penalties. Piggy now finds herself a hot contender for eventing’s £270,000 Rolex Grand Slam, a prize won only twice since it was created in 1998. Rewind to 2012 when Piggy was considered her country’s best hope of individual glory at the London Olympics – until her two best horses incurred last-minute injuries, robbing her of her dream…

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