Frankel's winning Champion's Day draws the crowds

By: Horse Deals

Frankel's winning Champion's Day draws the crowds
Frankel's winning Champion's Day draws the crowds

The QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse saw huge crowds who came to watch "the world’s best racehorse" Frankel sign off his unbeaten career with his 14th and final win.

Among those in the audience were Britain’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medallists, eventers Tina Cook, Nicola Wilson and Zara Phillips, showjumpers Peter Charles and Nick Skelton, dressage riders Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, plus para-dressage riders Natasha Baker,

Sophie Christiansen, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

Ascot’s Old Paddock Lawn drew enthusiastic crowds who came to see a mini-replica of Greenwich Park, with a special display of the fences used during the showjumping and cross-country competitions.

Demonstrations during the day included Olympic eventing team silver medallist Tina Cook and international dressage rider Daniel Watson,  while mechanical horse simulators provided by the BEF and the British Racing School proved popular as people queued to take their turn to ride a racing finish.

BEF chief executive Andrew Finding summed up: "The level of interest was very pleasing and it is fantastic to see so many people inspired by London 2012 to get involved in equine sport. It is the BEF’s aim to create a lasting Legacy and this means making our sport more accessible to more people. Events such as this are a great way to promote everything that equestrianism has to offer."

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