Di Lampard was the only female Chef d’Equipe among 17 at this year’s FEI Nation’s Cup Final in Barcelona, which for equestrian sport is not a true reflection of the gender equity among riders, trainers and owners. But by that time she had achieved her team’s main goal for the second time in her tenure of qualifying for the Olympic Games. Building her team takes time and this year was a building year with Tokyo in mind and the choice of youth and experience paid off with a thrilling Nations Cup victory in Dublin this summer which paved the way to the European Championships where the team clinched the bronze medal. Di’s steadfast approach to nurturing younger riders and new combinations reflects her horsemanship and wealth of experience and bodes well for the Olympic challenge that lies ahead. Chris Stafford spoke to Di after a day of coaching to reflect on the progress so far and the road ahead.
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