Relive London 2012 at British Champions Day

By: Horse Deals

Relive London 2012 at British Champions Day

The QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 20 October will showcase all aspects of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy and will feature a parade of at least 11 riders from London 2012, including Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Tina Cook, Deb Criddle, William Fox-Pitt, Carl Hester, Nick Skelton, Sophie Wells and Nicola Wilson.

The event has been organised by the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic legacy initiative, Hoof, which aims to make the route into riding as easy as possible.

Between 11.30am -1pm The Old Paddock Lawn will be transformed into a mini-replica of Greenwich Park, with a special display of the fences used during the showjumping and cross-country competitions.

Find out more about eventing from Olympic eventing team silver medallist Tina Cook, and learn about dressage from international rider Daniel Watson.

The BEF and British Racing School interactive areas in The Old Paddock area will feature mechanical horse simulators, computer games and other attractions, while racing legends ding Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane, will be signing autographs and Clare Balding, signing copies of her new autobiography.

Crowds of up to 32,000 are expected for British Champions Day – the richest day’s horse racing in the UK, where all eyes will be on Frankel, one of the world’s greatest racehorses, who will have the last run of his career in the Champion Stakes.

The gates open at 10.30am and the first race is at 1.45pm. It will also be televised by the BBC.

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