Kristina Cook

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Kristina Cook
Tina Cook Miners Frolic cross-country London Olympics 2012.jpg
Tina Cook and Miners Frolic competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Personal information
Nationality Great Britain
BornFindon, West Sussex, Greece
Medal record

Kristina "Tina" Cook (née Gifford, born 31 August 1970), is a British three-day eventing rider. She is the 2009 European Champion and a three-time Olympic medallist, winning individual and team bronze medals in 2008 and team silver in 2012. She has also won two World team golds (1994, 2010) and four European team golds (1995, 1999, 2009, 2017).


Cook was born Kristina Gifford in Rustington and is the daughter of the four times British jump racing Champion Jockey, Josh Gifford.[1] Riding Miners Frolic, she won bronze medals in both the individual and team eventing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[2] Cook only made the Olympic Eventing team, after the withdrawals of Zara Phillips and Lucy Wiegersma. She became double European Eventing champion in 2009 on Miners Frolic in both the Individual and Team competitions at the championships at Fontainebleau in France.

Her achievements prior to the 2008 Olympics included winning individual silver medal at the European championships on Song and Dance Man in 1993, gold medals at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague and the 1995 and 1999 European Championships.[3]

Cook won silver in the team eventing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4] She was then picked for the team in the 2014 World Equestrian Games with her homebred horse De Novo News. This was the horse's first championship in which they helped to win team silver.

Cook is also patron for the Worthing-based charity, Guild Care.[5]

CCI 5* Results[edit]

Event Kentucky Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
2002 12th (Captain Christy)
2003 12th (Captain Christy)
2004 38th (Captain Christy) 9th (Captain Christy)
2005 RET (Captain Christy) 12th (Captain Christy)RET (Headwind)
2006-08 Did not participate
2009 6th (Miners Frolic)
2010 EL (Miners Frolic)
2011 WD (Miners Frolic)
2012 Did not participate
2013 18th (Miners Frolic)

61st (De Novo News)

9th (De Novo News)
2014 26th (De Novo News)
2015 EL (De Novo News) 8th (Star Witness)
2016 7th (Star Witness) 10th (Star Witness) 9th (Billy The Red)16th (Calvino II)
2017 10th (Billy The Red)35th (Calvino II) 7th (Star Witness)17th (Calvino II)
2018 WD (Billy The Red)

WD (Star Witness)

11th (Star Witness)
2019 7th (Billy The Red)

RET (Star Witness)

EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

International Championship Results[edit]

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
2002 World Equestrian Games Captain Christy 22nd Individual
2003 European Championships Captain Christy 37th Individual
2008 Olympic Games Miners Frolic 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Team
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Individual
2009 European Championships Miners Frolic 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Individual
2010 World Equestrian Games Miners Frolic 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
29th Individual
2012 Olympic Games Miners Frolic 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Team
6th Individual
2013 European Championships Miners Frolic 6th Team
13th Individual
2014 World Young Horse Championships Billy The Red 24th CCI**
2014 World Equestrian Games De Novo News 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Team
15th Individual
2017 European Championships Billy The Red 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
4th Individual
2018 World Equestrian Games Billy The Red 9th Individual
2019 European Championships Billy The Red 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Team
43rd Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Notable Horses[edit]

Kristina Cook and Billy the Red (2019 European Championships)
  • Captain Christy - 1992 Bay Irish Sport Horse Gelding (Cavalier Royale x Imperious)
    • 2002 World Equestrian Games - Individual 22nd Place
    • 2003 European Championships - Individual 37th Place
  • Miners Frolic - 1998 Dark Bay Gelding (Miners Lamp)
    • 2008 Beijing Olympics - Team Bronze Medal, Individual Bronze Medal
    • 2009 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
    • 2010 World Equestrian Games - Team Gold Medal, Individual 29th Place
    • 2012 London Olympics - Team Silver Medal, Individual Sixth Place
    • 2013 European Championships - Team Sixth Place, Individual 13th Place
  • De Novo News - 2003 Bay Thoroughbred Stallion (Last News)
    • 2014 World Equestrian Games - Team Silver Medal, Individual 15th Place
  • Billy The Red - 2007 Chestnut Baden-Wurttemberger Gelding (Lilith x Stan the Man XX)
    • 2017 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Fourth Place


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Double bronze for debutant Cook", BBC, 12 August 2008
  3. ^ Boucher, Caroline (7 March 2004). "My kingdom for a horse". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Cook serves up silver". Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)