FOXHAM’S Georgie Spence was over the moon when she was told that she will represent Great Britain at the FEI Nations Cup.

However, her delight was not only for herself but also for the owner of Halltown Harley, Suzanne Doggett.

Spence was set to go into partnership with Doggett early last year for the first time but the horse became lame and, after five months of searching, Spence found the 11-year-old gelding.

The combination clicked immediately and now Spence is hoping to show their potential when they compete in Poland in what will be her first outing for her country.

“I was delighted for myself but also for the owner,” she said.

“She is a new owner to me and she has not owned a horse before so it’s amazing to get selected so quickly.

“It didn’t really come as a surprise because the horse has been going so well and you have to apply to be in the team and I applied.

“He has been in such good form so, I was hoping that he might get a chance this year, to show what he can do.

“He has competed up until three star previously before he came to me and I have a bit of experience at high level and we have just clicked very quickly.

“I got him in August time last year and just did a couple of events and he has come out amazing this season.

“We have just bonded very well together and it is good for selectors to know that both parties are experienced, even if they are not together.”

Spence and her horse arrived in Strzegom on Monday ahead of the three-day competition, which commences tomorrow.

As one of three debutants in an all-female team, the 27-year-old, is confident in Halltown Harley’s ability to put in a strong performance and at least maintain Great Britain’s record of second place finishes in each of the opening three events in the Nations Cup this season.

“I want to be competitive. He is a very able horse,” she added.

“If we can produce the best test that he is ready for, he is more than capable of jumping double clear in the time and hopefully helping the team in winning a team medal.”