This year’s South of England showjumping course at Ardingly is being built by the man selected to design the showjumping course for the 2012 London Olympics a few weeks later.
Bob Ellis, who is an international course designer, is creating the track in the Ardingly Ring for the South of England Show which takes place from June 7 to 9. After the Show, Bob will head for Greenwich Park in London to finalise his plans for the arena which will host the world’s top showjumpers for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Olympic showjumping courses are traditionally huge, testing and colourful, designed to represent the culture of the host country. Known throughout the sport as ‘Bob The Builder’ Bob said his course designs have to not only catch the eye of millions of television viewers, but also decide the destination of both team and individual medals.
When he was first appointed Bob, from Bishops Wood, near Wolverhampton, said his designs for the equestrian facilities at Greenwich Park were a closely guarded secret but will be London themed...watch this space.
This year’s flagship South of England Show takes place at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, and is expected to attract more than 80,000 people. Its many equestrian events will be complimented by numerous countryside and agricultural attractions, as well as regional food & wine, and hundreds of trade stands. The South of England Show is an all-round day of family entertainment with exciting motorbike stunt riders and a sway pole acrobat adding to this year’s programme.
For full details of the Show go to the website at www.southofenglandshow.org
Published 25th May 2012
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