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Test event for Olympic Equestrian underway in Greenwich Park

Test event for Olympic Equestrian underway in Greenwich Park

A test event for Olympic Equestrian at Greenwich Park has been hailed a success by competitors, who have praised both the venue and the organisation of the event.

A total of 39 riders are playing a vital part in testing the London 2012 venue just over a year before the Games kick off next July.

After the first day of competition, British rider Piggy French had a commanding lead in the dressage, with Australian Clayton Fredericks lying in second and Germany’s reigning world champion Michael Jung third.

The competitors were impressed both with Greenwich Park as a venue and the way the competition was run.

British rider William Fox-Pitt said of the day: “Wow, it has an Olympic feel already and this is just a test event. The (arena) surface is lovely with a bounce in it – it’s so much kinder and more forgiving on the horses.”

Later today riders will tackle the cross-country course, with the jumping taking place on Wednesday.

Debbie Jevans, director of sport at LOCOG, said of the first day of competition: “With one year to go just around the corner, it was fantastic to see high-level sporting competition at one of our Olympic venues.

“Fully testing a venue is vital, and the first day of competition has gone well.

“It is fantastic to see our team down at Greenwich Park doing such a great job and the spectators soaking up the atmosphere and views at one of our most spectacular venues.”

Part of the London Prepares series, the Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational is testing the sporting field of play, results, timing, scoring systems and workforce.


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