British Olympians on show at Ascot races

The judges watch as Carl Hester and Uthopia perform their test.
Olympic judges watch as Carl Hester and Uthopia perform their test at Greenwich Park, helping Great Britain to team dressage gold. © London 2012

Several of Britain’s medal winning Olympian and Paralympians are to parade at the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.

Riders attending include Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Tina Cook, Deb Criddle, William Fox-Pitt, Carl Hester, Nick Skelton, Sophie Wells and Nicola Wilson.

Between 11.30am-1.00pm The Old Paddock Lawn will be transformed into a mini-replica of Greenwich Park, with a special display of the fences used during the showjumping and cross-country competitions. A packed and diverse schedule will include a host of demonstrations. Spectators can find out more about eventing from Olympic eventing team silver medallist Tina Cook, and learn about the art of dressage from international dressage rider Daniel Watson.

The BEF and British Racing School interactive areas in The Old Paddock area will feature mechanical horse simulators, computer games and other attractions, while also on the lawns the legends of racing, including Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane, will be signing autographs. In the grandstand area, the voice of London 2012, Clare Balding, will be signing copies of her new book.

Crowds of up to 32,000 are expected for British Champions Day – the richest day’s horse racing in the UK. This year all eyes will be on Frankel, who will have the last run of his career in the Champion Stakes.

The gates open at 10.30am and the first race is at 1.45pm.

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