British Horseball has been producing Great British Horseball Teams since 1992 which compete all over the world, our first ever Team GB was a Pro Elite team who in 1992 competed in Paris against five other national teams. One of the players, Jim Copeland, is still prominent in British Horseball as BHA Director, as well as remaining an active coach and player. When we say you can't ever get enough of this sport we really aren't lying!
The earliest medal achievement from Team GB was the Under 16 team in 2004 at the FIHB European Championships in Lamotte -Beuvron, France. Again two of these players are still representing Great Britain yearly in the Pro-Elite GB team and the Ladies GB team.
Other medal achievements include;
Milan 2005 - Team GB Ladies - Silver Medal
Rennes 2007 - Team GB Ladies - Bronze Medal
Ponte de Lima 2008 - Team GB Ladies - Silver Medal
Saint Lo 2017 - Team GB Pro-Elite - Bronze Medal
This year will see 4 teams from GB travel to St Lo, France to compete in the FIHB WHR World Cup. Competing will be our 3 traditional teams, Pro-Elite Men, Pro-Elite Ladies, Under 16 and for the first time we will present a Under 21's team.
As per 2017 & 2019, Coach Christophe Desormeaux will lead the Pro Elite teams in to the 2020 World Cup. Tryouts for the teams will begin in February over intense weekend training sessions, player & horse early preparation is highly encouraged. To enforce this the associations Welfare Officer, Mike Barton has produced informative documents on horse fitness, feeding regimens and important guidelines to follow when in the final weeks preparation of competition. Please click here to find out more.
As an association we are looking forward to the excitement and dedication that a competition like the World Cup sees. Not just from the players, but the loyal supporters, fundraisers and sponsors.
For more information on the Team GB trainings, selections and much more follow our Facebook and Instagram pages!
Your support and contributions will help us to send the 4 teams heading out to compete in St Lo, this totals 32 player, horse combinations. Horseball is a self-funding organisation, fundraising and sponsorship is a massive part of what gets the teams to these incredible competitions to represent our country. All donations go directly to the teams and help massively with training, transport and competition costs.
Corporate Sponsorship Packages are also available, for more information or to get involved and be a part of Team GB 2020, please contact, sponsorBHA@gmail.com