Profile: Kristina Cook
Date of Birth: 31/8/1970
Birthplace: Rustington, Sussex, England
Height: 1.78 m / 5′ 10″
Career: 1994 – Present
Kristina “Tina” Cook is a three-day eventing rider. She is the daughter of the four times British jump racing Champion Jockey, Josh Gifford. Her mother Althea Roger Smith was an international jumper and event rider.
Her bother continues the long family association with horses as a trainer and they share a yard. Kristina trains 14 eventers for other people besides keeping her own horse up to scratch.
One of Tina’s earliest memories is of riding a pony. Later on in childhood, she was a very active member of her local riding club in Crawley, England.
In 2014 she was inaugurated into the British Horse Society Equestrian Hall of Fame.
Her main two horses are Calvino II and Billy the Red, a reserve, who is owned by Elisabeth Murdoch.
Gold medal winner – 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague
Gold medal winner – 1995 European Championships
Gold medal winner – 1999 European Championships
Winner – 2009 European Champion
Silver medal winner – Team eventing, 2012 Summer Olympics
Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Eventing Individual.
Cook is also patron for the Worthing-based charity, Guild Care.
Her hero is British rider Lucinda Green.