Norfolk-owned horse lands gold for Great Britain

Great Britain's Nick Skelton riding Norfolk-owned Big Star during the Equestrian Team Jumping, at Greenwich Park, during day 10  of the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. Great Britain's Nick Skelton riding Norfolk-owned Big Star during the Equestrian Team Jumping, at Greenwich Park, during day 10 of the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
12:05 PM

A Norfolk-owned Stallion helped Team GB capture its first Olympic showjumping gold medal in over 60 years yesterday.

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Great Britain's Nick Skelton riding Norfolk-owned Big Star in the Equestrian Jumping Individual second qualifier and the opening round of the team competition at Greenwich Park, London during day nine of the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.Great Britain's Nick Skelton riding Norfolk-owned Big Star in the Equestrian Jumping Individual second qualifier and the opening round of the team competition at Greenwich Park, London during day nine of the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Big Star, ridden by Nick Skelton, won a dramatic jump-off against the Netherlands in the team event at Grenwich Park, sending a capacity 23,000 crowd wild.

The stallion is owned by Norfolk’s Beverley and Gary Widdowson, based at the 1,600-acre Kelling Hall estate, near Holt.

Skelton said: “It can’t get better than that, It was just brilliant. We had to get stuck in to the jump-off – I said to the guys we needed to go out there and win it.

“I’ve waited 54 years for this, so you can certainly say it was a long time coming. I’ve had a few misses in my time, but finally we got there.

“We lost it, we won it, we lost it and then finally we won it back. Without this crowd we could never have done it. People said that riding in an Olympics at home would add pressure, but it was totally the opposite. This has to be my greatest moment.”

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