A number of British riders and their horses have departed for the Winter Equestrian Festival this year with Olympic preparation in mind.
British show jumping performance director Will Connell commented: “This high profile show, which takes place outdoors in the warm Florida climate, is an ideal opportunity to start the fine tuning of horses prior to the start of the FEI Nations Cup series in May. Equine sport is privileged to enjoy support from UK Sport and their generous funding allows us to go to such places and prepare in the best possible way for London. ”
Leading the squad in Florida will be Nick Skelton with the Widdowson’s exciting 2011 European individual bronze medallist Carlo, as well as Big Star, Unique XVIII and Belmont. Meanwhile Scott Brash will have his seasoned campaigners Intertoy Z, Whisky Mac and Bon Ami with him as well as his new ride Sanctos purchased by Lord Kirkham and Lord Harris just before the deadline of horse transfers closed.
Joining them are fellow Brits Tina Fletcher, David McPherson, Gemma Paternoster, Scott Smith and Ben Maher.