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Olympic Teams - Part One

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.When it is time for championships the federations are handing out folders with information about their riders and horses. We are going to present some of the showjumping teams with the help from those folders, and we start with Great Britain's team.

 Scott Brash is 26 and the youngest member on the Britain's team. This will be his first Olympics, but he did ride at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and was travelling reserve for the European Championship in Madrid in 2011.

He will be riding Hello Sanctos, a 10 year old Belgian bred gelding by Quasimodo vd Molendreef. Hello Sanctos is owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. They recognized Scott's talent in 2011 and purchased Hello Sanctos for Scott to ride before the closing of the transfer window.

Scott has ridden on 13 Nations Cup teams and was double clePeter Charles with Vindicat W. Photo by Jenny in Rome with Hello Sanctos. He also won the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Florida in the beginning of the year.

Peter Charles is 52 year old and will do his first Olympics for Great Britain. But he was both at the Games in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996 representing Ireland. Peter switched back to British nationality in 2007, after he recovered from the bad fall he had in 2006.

Peter will ride Vindicat W that is called Vinny in the stable. He is a 10 year old Dutch bred gelding by Guidam. Vinny is owned by Olga White, Team Murka and Peter's wife Tara Charles.

Ben Maher is 29 year old and he made his Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008 with Rolette. In 2009 he competed at the European Championship in Windsor with Robin Hood and he won the tBen Maher with Tripple X. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.eam bronze at the European Championship in Madrid in 2011 riding Tripple X III. It is Tripple X III, also called Hugo, that will be his partner for this Olympics. Hugo is owned and bred by The Quainton Stud and Ben Maher himself. He is a 10 year old black stallion by Namelus R.

Ben has represented Britain in 26 Nations Cups and won the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Olympia 2011.  Ben has been on the British teams since he was a pony rider.

Nick Skelton is 54 year old and will now do his sixth Olympic Games. So far he has been winning unbelievable 15 championship medals and has ridden in 168 Nations Cups. In 1995 Nick won the World Cup Final with Dollar Girl.

In 2001 Nick was in a bad accident and broke his neck, but in 2004 he returned to the saddle and rode Arko at the Athens Olympics. At this Olympics Nick will ride Big Star, also called Henry, which is the youngest horse on the team with his nine year. Big Star is a stallion by Quick Star and is owned by Mrs Beverly Widdowson. As reserve horse Nick has the 11 year old Carlo - a gelding by Contender, also owned by Mrs Beverly Widdowson.

Nick Skelton and Big Star. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Chef d'Equipe Rob Hoekstra is 54 years old and a rider himself. He represented the Netherlands when he was a junior, but switched to British nationality in 1987 and has been riding Nations Cups for Britain. He started as Chef d'Equipe for Britain in 2010.

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Source: Olympic & Paralympic Great Britain Equestrian Handbook - London 2012

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