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Talking Horses: Jockeys prepare for show jumping test at Olympia


Tony McCoy will join the jockeys’ teams at the enormously popular Horse Show at Christmas.

It’s a dangerous thing, supporting a loved one as they try something new and difficult. Tom Marquand learned that on Tuesday when he turned up to watch Hollie Doyle and other jockeys get a lesson in show jumping ahead of a competition this Christmas, and found himself getting roped into it.
Marquand has now been pencilled into the ‘boys’ team of jockeys, led by Sir Anthony McCoy, that will ride at the enormously popular Olympia Horse Show on 21 December. They’ll take on a ‘girls’ team consisting of Doyle, Bryony Frost, Josephine Gordon, Lizzie Kelly and Bridget Andrews in an event called the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

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