Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Gemma Tattersall

Great Britain
  • 87 - Arctic Soul


British rider Gemma Tattersall (31) made her senior championship debut at last year’s European Championships at Blair Castle, finishing in 9th place with Arctic Soul. Last year the pair completed Badminton in 16th place – making up for 2014 when eliminated for missing a flag. Last year she also gained her first CIC3* win, at Burgham with Chico Bella and with the six-year-old Chilli’s Gem won the Welton Romance trophy at the young horse championships, as the highest placed mare in the six-year-old championship (3rd).

Gemma is based at the purpose built yard of Tattleton Stud in Horsham. She is a member of the World Class squad and in 2014 represented GBR in the Nations Cup series.

Gemma relocated to Tattleton in 2009 from the riding school and livery yard (Hylands Yard) owned by her mother, where she had lived and learnt to ride from a young age. By the age of eight, Gemma had started to win in dressage and eventing. She progressed through the levels – she passed her Pony Club A test – and was a member of the British junior squad. In 2003 she took the ride on Jesters Quest and the following year the pair won the National Under-21 Championship and in 2005 & ‘06 Young Rider team gold medals. In 2007 the pair made its four-star debut completing both Badminton and Burghley. In 2009 she was given the ride on Kings Gem with who she won the Under-25 championship in 2010.

In 2013 with Arctic soul she was reserve for the British European team. In 2014 after an impressive cross country round at Badminton, the pair was unlucky to be eliminated for missing a flag at Huntsman’s Close – but were reserves for the British team for the WEG. Last year they placed 16th at Badminton and later made their senior championship debut at Blair Castle.

Gemma trains with Yogi Breisner and British dressage rider Andrew Gould.

She is in a relationship with event rider Matthew Heath.

Arctic Soul, owned by The Soul Syndicate, is a 13-year-old Irish-bred Thoroughbred. Bred by Michael Whitty he is by the National Hunt sire Luso (winner of the Italian Derby) out of a mare by Roi Danzig. Bred for the track he started four times without success and was then produced in eventing by Nicky Roncoroni and acquired for Gemma at the end of 2011.



Arctic Soul

TB, Ireland, 2003
16.3hh, bay, gelding

Sire Luso

Dam Dream Cocktail (Roi Danzig)

Breeder Michael Whitty

Owner(s): The Soul Syndicate, Horsham, W. Sussex.

Notable Results

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 43rd Quicklook V

2016 – Barocca D’Alva CCI3* 2nd Chico Bella

2015 – Osberton CICYH1* 3rd Chillis Gem (best mare award)

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 4th Quicklook

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 9th Arctic Soul

2015 – Tattersalls CCI3* 5th Quicklook

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 1st Chico Bella P, 3rd Arctic Soul

2014 – Boekelo CCIO3* 14th Dinky Inky

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 5th Arctic soul

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 8th Arctic Soul

2014 – Bramham CIC3* 5th Arctic Soul

2014 – Tattersalls CCI2* 1st Quicklook V

2014 – Rockingham CIC2* 1st Quicklook V

2013 – Blenheim CCI3* 4th Arctic Soul

2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 32nd Arctic Soul

2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 8th Arctic Soul

2013 – Aachen CICO3* 13th Chico Bella

2013 – Bramham CCI3* 19th Tropique, El Arctic Soul

2013 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 2nd Chico Bella

2013 – Chatsworth 9th Arctic Soul

2012 – Pau CCI4* 10th Stormhill Kossack, 28th Kings Gem

2010 – Blair Castle CCI3*3rd Kings Gem

2010 – Bramham CCIU253* 2nd Kings Gem

2007 – Burghley CCI4*36th Jesters Quest

2006 – Kreuth CCI3* 4th Jesters Quest

2006 – Pardubice EU-CH-C2* 7th Jesters Quest (team gold

2005 – Segersjo EU-CH-YR CCI2* 5th Jesters Quest (team gold)

2005 – Bramham CCI3U25 7th

2004 – Weston Park CCI2* U21 1st Jesters Quest



2015 – 16th Arctic Soul

2014 – El Arctic Soul

2011 – El Kings Gem

2007 – 34th Jesters Quest