The club has welcomed 20 new members since the Olympic games. Photo: Pigeon House Equestrian
With more than 20 stables and equestrian centres in the county, Oxfordshire is a great place to learn. Sarah Hill, who runs Pigeon House Equestrian near Woodstock, said the club has welcomed 20 new members since the Olympic games.
Ms Hill, 42, from North Leigh, near Witney, said: “It has been really good for the sport.
“The British are great riders, going back years and years.” equihunter horseboxes
She said it takes 18 months for a rider to build up the necessary bond with their horse.
Olympic horse riders compete in three disciplines – dressage, show jumping, and eventing, which combines the first two skills with cross-country racing.
Ms Hill’s 17-year-old daughter, Olivia Abdolrazaghi, is in training to become a professional horse rider, and hopes one day to compete in the Olympics.
Next year she will take part in eventing competitions, for which she had to register with the governing body, British Eventing. horse lorry
Miss Abdolrazaghi said: “It is a very competitive environment, but I like the thrill of it.”
At each event, the competitors first walk the cross-country course with their trainers to memorise the route……
With last year’s victory by the German team, the home side will be doing their utmost to claim back the honours
The world’s top eight showjumping nations will arrive at the All England Jumping Course in West Sussex for the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain. This flagship event – with a E200,000 prize fund – will be held on Friday 20 July, and following last year’s victory by the German team the home side will be doing their utmost to claim back the honours.
Sunday’s finale class, the Longines King George V Gold Cup, is one of the most sought after international Grand Prix classes in the world. A win at the show will no doubt bolster a nation’s confidence and morale just before the Olympics, so expect to see one of the most competitive fields in Hickstead’s history. Olympic course builders Bob Ellis and Kelvin Bywater will also be creating the courses for Hickstead, giving riders a final chance to jump round their tracks just before the Games.
The international classes start on Thursday 19 July, with the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix. This class sees event riders and showjumpers go head to head round a course of coloured poles and fixed rustic fences. Last year, Gary Parsonage made history by winning the class for the fourth time – will a showjumper take the honours this time?
Saturday is a very special day at Hickstead. Not only do we have the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the pinnacle of national grand prix classes, but it’s also Ladies’ Day at Hickstead, held in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity. Ten of the most fashionably dressed visitors will be chosen by Hickstead’s team of selectors, and invited into the International Arena for the final judging.
There, celebrity judge Barbara Windsor will pick the best dressed lady and two runners-up, with……
[Telegraph] Given all the criticism about limited space, expense, absence of legacy, damage and lock-out of local users, Greenwich Park’s most redeeming feature could also be its most unexpected: the ability to run an Olympic cross-country when other major venues have sunk under mud.
Jeremy Edwards, Locog’s Equestrian Venue Manager says Greenwich has huge advantages over the UK’s annual “pop-up” trials (Photo: Getty Images)
Gatcombe Park usually welcomes unseasonal rain to take the sting out of its quick-drying parkland but even this has fallen victim to waterlogging.
It is, though, hard to find a senior equestrian who thinks the Olympic competition will suffer the same fate. Though not involved with 2012, Mike Etherington-Smith, course designer at Sydney 2000 and typhoon-prone Hong Kong 2008 said: “It’s still three weeks away. There are a lot of experts down there with enough experience of the sections of the park that get wet to have dealt with it already.”
Seventy days’ worth of fixtures have been rained-off since March. It has cost national governing body British Eventing (BE) £750,000 in rider-entry abandonment fees; it may now extend the national season to November to catch up. There are huge losses for small events that operate on a shoestring anyway and some retailers look for half their annual turnover at headline fixtures. The British eventing team might have looked slightly different if Badminton had run and given a prodigy the opportunity to impress.
But Greenwich is not like any other horse trial, and that is why its sporting programme should survive. There are plenty of tarmac and hardcore tracks to move spectators about, no horseboxes or spectator cars to be towed in and out, no pedestrian-heavy shopping villages, and the park has naturally good drainage. A positive Jeremy Edwards, Locog’s equestrian venue manager, says this gives Greenwich huge advantages over the UK’s annual “pop-up” trials. One of his media room colleagues added with equal optimism: “If any site can take a battering, it is us.”
Edwards was venue manager at Sydney 2000, a permanent build. Greenwich has presented different challenges but he says he is “happy with progress”.