Tina Fletcher achieved her third victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup when she rode her husband's 10-year-old mare Overa to victory here yesterday on the closing day of the Royal International Horse Show.
Her previous successes in this contest for women were in 1992 and 1993 when she was still Tina Cassan, the 14-year gap being explained by her marriage to the former international show jumper Graham Fletcher and caring for their sons, William and Oliver.
"I thought the American girls were so strong, I wasn't really expecting this," the 42-year-old said after jumping the only clear round of a four-horse jumpoff. The US women, who trounced Britain in Friday's Super League Nations Cup, were going for a fourth successive Queen's Cup victory - but they had to be content with the runner-up prize, which was collected by the 2004 and 2006 winning partnership of Molly Ashe-Cawley and Lutopia.
Overa, bought by Graham Fletcher as a five-year-old, proved an awkward customer in the early days. "She was difficult in the stable and a real madam," Fletcher said. The mare has, however, become "careful, quite sharp and unbelievably brave" in the …