Bicton as equestrian centre for Olympics

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

BICTON Arena and college have been picked as an equestrian Olympic training centre for competitors taking part in the London 2012 Olympics. The arena and college are to be included in the London Organising Committee Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as an app

BICTON Arena and college have been picked as an equestrian Olympic training centre for competitors taking part in the London 2012 Olympics.The arena and college are to be included in the London Organising Committee Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as an approved UK training location where teams and individuals taking part in the 2012 games can school their mounts.The guide will be published at the Beijing Olympics and circulated to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) - who then decide where they base themselves or where to send individual athletes to prepare and acclimatise for London 2012. The successful bid was a joint effort by Bicton College and the arena's owner - Clinton Devon Estates. Clinton Devon Estates spokesman John Wilding said: "We believe we put forward a strong case for Bicton Arena which has so much to offer as a training venue: top class equestrian facilities sited in more than 60 acres of parkland, yet only a few miles from a motorway."The fact that we have been included in this guide is recognition of the state of the art facilities we have here in Devon and it will really help to put the South West's equestrian sector on the world stage. "We will be proud to show international sportsmen and women what this region can offer," he said.Bicton College spokesman Simon Spiller added: "We are delighted our partnership with Bicton Arena will enable us to offer world class equestrian facilities to an Olympic team and we're confident our location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and accessibility from the M5 will be very attractive to overseas teams." Bicton Arena's main site has five show rings and a newly-constructed all-weather practise ring.Olympic teams can also use the cross-country course which was the setting for the Bicton Horse Trials for 23 years and is now to be upgraded. The college will offer accommodation, stabling, a horse walker and exclusive use of its competition venue facilities, which include an indoor arena and outdoor manege, where British Dressage and unaffiliated show jumping events are currently held, and a selection of cross country schooling fences.

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