To many peoples’ surprise, Nick Skelton and Big Star are not in the British team that have been chosen for The European Championships in Denmark next month.
Nick and Big Star were of course in the team that won gold at the London Olympics last year, and this fantastic stallion won the very prestigious Grand Prix at the Aachen Show a couple of weeks ago.
The owners of Big Star, together with the British Equestrian Federation and of course Nick Skelton, have decided to spare him from the European Championships, with the 2016 Olympics in their sight.
Great Britain shall need to qualify for the Games being held in Rio De Janeiro and it’s expected that Nick and Big Star will play an important part in this.
After winning team gold in London, Nick was very close to taking home the individual gold as well, but had a very unlucky 4 faults which blew his chances of a medal
It would be fantastic to see this combination qualify for Rio.
By then, Big Star will be 13 years of age, so probably still in his prime. Nick will be 58, and I’m sure, still going strong.
I believe that many people just like me hope that this fantastic combination will get a second chance to take home the Individual top honours at the 2016 Olympics, and between now and then give us some great sport.