Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Kristina Cook

Great Britain
  • 53 - Star Witness


British rider Kristina (Tina) Cook (45) who is based in West Sussex, is a long-standing member of British teams. With De Novo News she was a member of the British silver medal team at the 2014 WEG and with Miners Frolic a member of the British Olympic team that won silver in London 2012 where she was sixth in the individual competition – the pair was 13th at the European Championships in 2013. (In October 2015 she sadly lost De Novo News after he contracted shipping fever on the way back from Strzegom)

Tina first represented GB in 1987 winning team gold at the Junior European Championships (Song & Dance Man). She was a regular and successful member of British Young Rider teams and was National Champion in 1991. The following year she competed at her first Badminton (10th, Song & Dance Man) and made her first senior team appearance in the 1993 European Championships when she won individual silver (Song & Dance Man). She was a member of British gold medal teams at the World Equestrian Games (1994) and European Championships (’95 & ’99) and in 1997 won individual European bronze with General Jock. With her Olympic ride Miners Frolic she won the European Championships in 2009 and Olympic team and individual bronze in 2008. In 2010 they won team gold at the WEG in Lexington where they were 29th individually.

Tina trains with dressage riders Amy Stovold and Dane Rawlins.

Tina’s father the late Josh Gifford was four-times Champion Jockey and a successful trainer – he trained Aldaniti to win the Grand National in 198. Her mother Althea Roger-Smith was a successful international show jumper who represented GB and was a winner of the Queen Elizabeth Cup. Tina is assisstant to her racehorse trainer brother Nick at the yard in Findon, Sussex.

She has two children Isabelle (11) & Harry (8) from her former marriage.

Star Witness owned by Jim Chromiak, Bridget Biddlecombe and Shaun Lawson is an 11-year-old Irish-bred gelding (Weatherbys NTR). He is by Witness Box out of Drive on Rosie by Glacial Storm. He was bought from Doncaster sales as an unbroken three-year-old. He completed his first four-star at Burghley last year in 8th place.


Star Witness

TB, Great Britain, 2005
16.2hh, bay, gelding

Sire Witness Box

Dam Drive On Rosie (Glacial Storm)

Breeder Andy Leahy

Owner(s): Jim Chromiak, Newbury, Berks.
Bridget Biddlecombe, Petersfield, Hants.
Shaun Lawson, Rudgewick, W. Sussex & Nick Embiricos,Billinghurst, W. Sussex.

Notable Results

2015 – Boekelo CCIO3* 3rd Billy the Red
2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 13th Calvino II
2015 – Blenheim CIC3* 24th Billy the Red
2015 – Burghley CIC4* 8th Star Witness
2015 – Wellington CIC3* 4th Calvino II
2015 – Hartpury CIC3* 44th Star Witness
2015 – Strzegom CCI3* 7th Calvino II, 22nd Billy the Red
2015 – Bramham CCi3* 18th Star Witness
2014 – Boekelo CICO3* 8th Star Witness, 25th Calvino II
2014 –Caen WEG 16th De Novo News (team silver)
2014 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 5th De Novo News
2013 – Burghley CCI4* 9th De Novo News
2013 – Malmo CH-EU-3* 13th Miners Frolic
2013 – Hartpury CIC3* 25th De Novo News
2013 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 26th De Novo News
2013 – Aachen CICO3* 5th Miners Frolic
2012 – Blenheim CCI3* 3rd De Novo News
2012 – London OG – 6th & team silver Miners Frolic
2011 – Boekelo CCI3* 10th De Novo News
2011 – Blenheim CIC3* 31st De Novo News
2010 – WEG 29th team gold Miners Frolic
2010 – Hartpury CIC3* 12th Miners Frolic
2009 – Fontainebleau CCI3* Eu-Ch-3* 1st Miners Frolic
2009 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 6th Miners Frolic
2008 – Olympic Games 3rd Miners Frolic
2007 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st Miners Frolic
2005 – Burghley CCI4* 12th Captain Christy


2015 – El De Novo News
2014 – 26th De Novo News
2013 – 18th Miners Frolic, 61st De Novo News
2010 – EL XC at the Lake, Miners Frolic
2005 – Ret’d (Captain Christy)
2004 – 38th (Captain Christy)
2003 – 12th (Captain Christy)
2002 – 12th (Captain Christy)
1998 – 6th (General Jock)
1995 – 5th (General Jock)
1994 – 7th (General Jock)
1993 – 14th (Song & Dance Man)