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26 September 2012

Olympic Celebration on British Champions Day

‘Get there early’ is the message from the organisers of QIPCO British Champions Day, who are promising a special focus on all things equine at this year’s Series Finale at Ascot on 20th October, including attendance by British Equestrian medal winners from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At least 11 riders from the British Equestrian Team, including Nick Skelton, Zara Phillips, Peter Charles, Carl Hester, Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker, Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Deborah Criddle and Sophie Wells, will attend as special guests of the British Champions Series.

Continuing the equestrian theme, The Old Paddock Lawns will be transformed for a special display of jumps and fences from the Show Jumping and Cross-Country Events at the recent London 2012 Games. The Old Paddock will be transformed into a dressage arena where the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Squad will demonstrate various equestrian disciplines.

For those keen to ‘Take Back the Reins’, the British Equestrian Federation will be providing an interactive area, as will the British Racing School, with racehorse simulators, computer games and other attractions.

On the lawns, there will be a further opportunity to meet the racehorse Monsignor, a dual Cheltenham Festival winner, who has been a regular visitor to British Champions Series race days. Also on the lawns will be legends from the saddle signing autographs, including Frankie Dettori and Michael Kinane. And in the Grandstand, Clare Balding and Felix Francis will be signing their latest racing books.

British Champions Series are also promising other surprises on the Day, including special Frankel based attractions, which are sure to appeal to the sell-out crowd.

According to Rod Street, Chief Executive of the British Champions Series, “We want QIPCO British Champions Day to be real celebration of the horse, as well as the magic of racing and riding. So we’re particularly pleased that so many medal winners will be joining us to make the Finale of the Flat Season such a special occasion.”

This year, gates open at 10.30am with the first race due off at 1.45pm. A few tickets remain for sale but the Day is expected to sell-out completely before the beginning of October.

For more information, visit the British Champions Series website

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