Olympic and Paralympic equestrian heroes to be presented at London show

Olympic and Paralympic equestrian heroes to be presented at London show
By Sportsbeat

11/11/2016 at 20:02Updated

Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic equestrian stars are to be presented at the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December.

Triple gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and two-time Olympic champion Nick Skelton will headline the celebratory parade, to take place on the evening of December 16, alongside Carl Hester, Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood.

It will be an emotional end to the week for Dujardin, who will be retiring her gold medal-winning horse Valegro following the FEI World Cup Freestyle competition two days previously.

Joining the Olympians in the capital will be their Paralympic counterparts, including eleven-time gold medallist - and ParalympicsGB's flagbearer - Lee Pearson.

Great Britain's Paralympic riders won 11 medals in Rio, seven of which were gold, and Pearson will be accompanied by triple Rio 2016 gold medallist Sophie Christiansen, Sophie Wells and Anne Dunham.

Show director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such a n exceptional group of riders to the Olympia Grand Hall and it will be a privilege to be able to applaud their exceptional achievements at the show."

Clare Salmon, chief executive of the British Equestrian Federation, added: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the fantastic achievements of our athletes in Rio at Olympia this year.

"It has been a great year for equestrian sport and what better way to celebrate than to share the moment with some of our fantastic supporters."

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