Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton to appear at Wincanton

Nick Skelton is to make a special appearance at Wincanton Racecourse on Saturday 5th November for the Badger Ales Raceday.

The 58-year-old, who initially retired 16 years ago after breaking his neck in two places, claimed gold after a breathtaking six-way jump-off on Big Star. Skelton's victory was Britain's first individual show jumping medal since Anne Moore's silver in 1972, and adds to Nick's win in the team event at London 2012.

Nick will be joined by his sons – Dan, a racehorse trainer, and Harry, a jockey– who will be looking to take home more silverware with potential runners in the feature races that include the Badgers Ales and the Rising Stars Novices Chases.

Nick says: "As a sportsman, you always dream about winning at the Olympics – both occasions are such treasured moments. I knew if I kept my cool, Big Star would do it. I knew if I did not make a mistake, he wouldn't either.

"I love supporting Dan and Harry in their racing careers and look forward to attending Wincanton on 5th November for the Badger Ales Raceday."

Huw Williams, General Manager for Wincanton Racecourse, said: "We are delighted that Nick Skelton will be making a special appearance at Wincanton and speaking to Luke Harvey and our racegoers about his Olympic successes.

"His resilience, total professionalism and dedication to all things equine have undoubtedly played a crucial role in his son's careers and we very much hope that Nick is recognised at this year's BBC Sport's Personality of the Year."Gates open at 10.30am with the first race scheduled for 12.20pm.


source: blackmorevale.co.uk

image: FEI