Olympic hopefuls head to Hickstead

By: Horse Deals


Olympic hopefuls head to Hickstead
Olympic hopefuls head to Hickstead

The FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain on Friday 29 July forms one of the highlights of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, and it is set to form a crucial stage in our preparations for London 2012. 

The British riders who have been selected to represent their country at this home leg of the FEI Nations Cup series are Peter Charles (Murka’s Nevada VI), Bruce Menzies (Sultan V), Robert Smith (Talan), Michael Whitaker (GIG Amai II) and Guy Williams (Titus II). The British team will likely start favourites for this year’s competition, following their emphatic home victory in 2010.

The FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, along with the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, form two of the three Olympic showjumping qualifiers to be held in the United Kingdom before the 2012 Games. With the London Olympics on the horizon, a good performance by British riders at Hickstead will cement confidence for our medal chances in Greenwich.

Competition will be just as fierce in the other main showjumping classes at the show, which runs from 26-31 July. These include the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the fast and furious Sky Sports Speed Classic and the Bunn Leisure International Stakes.

A number of former Olympic event riders will also be at Hickstead on Thursday 28 July for the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, including Pippa Funnell, Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson. This unique class sees showjumpers and event riders go head-to-head round a course of towering showjumps and daunting cross-country fences.