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The British team talks about the their expectations as the showjumping is about to begin

Friday, 03 August 2012

Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton are riding for the British team.This morning the British team had a press conference here at Greenwich park. All the riders were united on the fact that it is a very special feeling to be at the Olympic Games on home soil.

"I think it is very special to be in London and for us as a team it is a great advantage. Individually I probably have my best chance here as Big Star is the best horse I have ever had," Nick Skelton said about his seventh Olympics.

Even Ben Maher considers Tripple X to be the best horse so far in his career. "But my career has been a lot shorter than Nick's at this point," Ben said laughing. On his horse Tripple X Ben added:  "Tripple X has matured a lot since Madrid and has got some great results. On any given day I believe he is as good as any horse here. Hopefully we have made the right preparations to perform well here this week."

 

"We have put on a very strong team and I am really honored to be here," said the 52 year old Peter Charles about his first Olympics for Great Britain. Charles has previously competed at two Games for Ireland.

On the question of how Nick would rate the British team compared to the ones at previous championships, he answered: "We have got some young horses on the team, but if you look at last year in Madrid this team can be a bit stronger. If everything falls into the right place and we have a little bit of that luck that you need, we can have a big chance."

Nick also got the question about why he chose Big Star and not Carlo for the Olympics. "Big Star has done everything right and he probably would have more in the tank than Carlo would have. He is a very easy horse. But I wouldn't  say anything bad about Carlo; he has done some great things - but I think this horse has that little bit extra."

The British showjumpers were present at the Opening Cermony: "I wouldn't miss it for the world. It was absolutely unique!" said Peter Charles.

On the question about theopposition the Brits will meet Rob Hoekstra, the British Chef d'Equipe answered: "It is eight or nine nations that can win at any time. Germany is always a threat, then the Swizz, French and Dutch teams are strong and Canada and USA are strong teams that we haven't met in the Top League. It could be five different winners on five different days...."

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