WILMSLOW equestrian queen Annabel Carthy reckons 2021 will be a golden year for British eventing.
The Loughborough University student has fond memories of leading Team GB to gold in show jumping at London 2012 and is well on her way to following in the footsteps of her idols in her eventing discipline.
Carthy spent 12 weeks on an intense training course with three-time Olympic medalist Andrew Nicholson at Marlborough and recently enjoyed success at a three-star event in Bicton on her seven-year-old horse Indigo Mist.
Counting down the 200 days left before the Tokyo Games, the 20-year-old is helping Piggy March and Laura Collett, two of Britain’s most promising eventers, win medals and bring equestrianism further on the sporting map.
“I hope Laura and Piggy go to Tokyo – they are both riders who have overcome a lot of adversity over the last decade,” said Carty, who turns 21 on Jan. 4 and is financially assisted by a three-year alliance between Entain, which owns Ladbrokes and Coral, and SportsAid as part of Entain’s Pitching In initiative.
Wilmslow’s Carthy recently spent 12 weeks on an intense training course at Marlborough under the patronage of former world champion Andrew Nicholson
“In any sport, you go through a lot of ups and downs, particularly when you have to try to protect horses from being hurt. Laura and Piggy are both riders who have really demonstrated in the last two or three years that it’s possible to come back from hard times.
“Hopefully they can both go to Tokyo and prove to people that they can win both team and individual medals,” he said.
“Hopefully everybody can get behind the British team in Tokyo because it’s been such a long time since we’ve won an Olympic team gold in eventing.
“I think we are in good shape to win medals. We have a very strong team in eventing, so I really hope we do well. I will definitely be [glued to the TV watching!]”
Entain’s relationship with SportsAid – launched in 2019 and sponsored by Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – will help Carthy achieve her potential while juggling her training with a business degree at Loughborough.
The investment supports youth sport and support for training, travel, equipment and mentoring helped Carthy complete her three-month course in Wiltshire under the auspices of Nicholson.
Carthy, who turned 21 on Jan. 4, works at home with horses Indigo Mist, Renegade Marmalade and Bazaars Ghost.
A former world champion, Nicholson won three Olympic medals in team eventing and now has concentrated on leading the next generation of talent to glory at the Games.
Carthy, who deals with horses Indigo Mist, Renegade Marmalade and Bazaars Ghost at home in Cheshire, has enjoyed learning from the New Zealander and reckons the ability to dream will propel her toward Los Angeles 2028.
“I would absolutely love it [to follow in Andrew’s footsteps]and it would be 2028 that I’m aiming for,”I would absolutely love it [to follow in Andrew’s footsteps]and it would be 2028 that I’m aiming for.
You’re just thinking about it and thinking, ‘How cool will it be?’
Between now and eight years from now, there is so much I might do, it’s all possible. Dreaming is healthy! ”
Entain, owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, is proud to help the next generation of British sports heroes by providing promising young athletes in collaboration with SportsAid with financial support and personal growth opportunities. Entain sponsors a diverse community of 50 British athletes each year from a range of spots and para-sports as part of this three-year partnership. Visit entaingroup.com