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World's top showjumpers to come to Stratford

Top showjumpers like Nick Skelton are expected to compete at the Global Champions Tour event. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The world's leading showjumpers will compete in Stratford in June after the organisers found a new venue for London's Global Champions Tour event. They had to change the venue after a plan to stage it in Kensington Gardens was rejected by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

However, the Tour has now arranged to stage the event at The International Quarter, next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It will be held from June 6th to the 9th and ticket prices will cost between £10 and £50.

Hertfordshire rider selected for Team GB

The British Olympic Association has confirmed the four jumping athletes and their horses that will compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Among the athletes selected is 29-year-old Ben Maher from Bishops Stortford.

It will be his second Games; after winning a bronze medal at last year’s European Championships.

The Hertfordshire jumper heads into the summer with the confidence of Grand Prix competition form firmly on his side.

The 29-year-old will ride Tripple X III owned by The Quainton Stud Credit: PA

On being selected Ben Maher said:

“It’s amazing; it’s just a dream to be in the Olympics, the news hasn’t really sunk in. Making the team is one thing but the hard work really starts now, there’s a lot of pressure to live up to, hopefully we can pull everything together at the right time."

"I love competing on home soil, it’s lucky for me and it will be great that so many people who’ve helped me get where I am will be able to relate to that."

“Hugo [Tripple X III] is homebred which makes this extra special, the horse has only ever had me on his back in competition so by now we know we trust each other."

Mike and Emma Phillips who I part own him with have been amazing. From our very first conversation they said it would be a dream to have a horse at the Olympics. I couldn’t do it without them and it’s great to tick this box for them now. It’s such a massive honour.”