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Bolesworth 2016 welcomes Olympic medallists with the midas touch

London 2012 gold medallists star at international showjumping event

Nick Skelton at Bolesworth International

Olympic gold medallists Scott Brash and Nick Skelton will be among the star attractions at next month’s Bolesworth International CSI **** in Cheshire.

Other confirmed entrants include multiple major championship medallist Michael Whitaker, Bolesworth 2014 Grand Prix winner William Whitaker and reigning Liverpool International Grand Prix champion Billy Twomey.

Yazmin Pinchen, who won a thrilling Bolesworth Grand Prix last summer, will make a return appearance, while joining Twomey among a powerful Irish contingent are Shane Breen, London 2012 individual bronze medallist Cian O’Connor and Dermot Lennon, in addition to American star Laura Kraut, British Nations Cup regular Guy Williams, plus the consistent Italian pair of Lorenzo de Luca and Piergiorgio Bucci.

Giving Bolesworth added significance this year is the event starting just 51 days before the Rio Olympics opening ceremony.

Brash, winner of the £735,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping last year - in addition to being a 2013 European team gold medallist alongside Whitaker - has a packed career portfolio which also includes two Global Champions Tour overall titles.

Scott Brash at Bolesworth International

It means that visitors to Bolesworth will have an opportunity to witness at close-hand many of the world’s top riders fine-tuning preparations for what could be Olympic appearances during August.

Show president Nina Barbour said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming riders of such world-class calibre, and it underlines just how important and prestigious an event Boleworth has become.

“This year, of course, there is added excitement with the Rio Olympics, and our early entrants for Bolesworth 2016 underline what a key event it is on the showjumping calendar as national selectors at home and abroad finalise their plans for Brazil in August.”

Running again at CSI**** level, Bolesworth’s 2016 four-day show takes place in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle from June 16-19.

Bolesworth International Arena

A prize fund of almost £60,000 has been announced for the final day’s headline Equerry Horse Feeds Grand Prix, with performances from pop bands Atomic Kitten, 5ive and Retake That are also in store.

Numerous other family attractions include a new equine learning zone that will feature rider guest appearances, camel racing, a funfair, action-packed displays, bistro and champagne bar, fine food, fashion & lifestyle zone, plus around 130 retail outlets.

General admission tickets are available at a pre-sale price of £12 for the opening two days, and £18 for Saturday and Sunday, up to 40% off gate prices. Under-14s can enjoy free admission, while a four-day season ticket is £40.

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