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[The Oxford Times] Following London 2012, Britain is officially the best country in the world at Olympic horse riding. Team GB aced the equestrian event with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
With more than 20 stables and equestrian centres in the county, Oxfordshire is a great place to learn. Sarah Hill, who runs Pigeon House Equestrian near Woodstock, said the club has welcomed 20 new members since the Olympic games.
Ms Hill, 42, from North Leigh, near Witney, said: “It has been really good for the sport.
“The British are great riders, going back years and years.” equihunter horseboxes
She said it takes 18 months for a rider to build up the necessary bond with their horse.
Olympic horse riders compete in three disciplines – dressage, show jumping, and eventing, which combines the first two skills with cross-country racing.
Ms Hill’s 17-year-old daughter, Olivia Abdolrazaghi, is in training to become a professional horse rider, and hopes one day to compete in the Olympics.
Next year she will take part in eventing competitions, for which she had to register with the governing body, British Eventing. horse lorry
Miss Abdolrazaghi said: “It is a very competitive environment, but I like the thrill of it.”
At each event, the competitors first walk the cross-country course with their trainers to memorise the route……
The Oxford Times – Pete Hughes
5th Feb, 2013
Contact: Sarah Hill – Pigeon House Equestrian
Telephone: 01993 881628
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