Backs BOA Bid
British Equestrian Federation is fully in favour of the proposed
bid by the British Olympic Association for the 2012 Olympic Games
to be held in London.
from the BEF visited the site of one of the BOA's potential equestrian
Olympic venues, the Royal Veterinary College at Potters Bar, at
the BOA's invitation two years ago. The BEF team met Professor Lance
Lanyon, Principal of the RVC, and assessed the outline potential
of the site to meet the needs of the equestrian Olympic sports.
Mike Tucker, who subsequently designed the Eventing cross country
for the Jerez 2002 World Equestrian Games, accompanied the BEF delegation
as a professional advisor.
Billington, Chairman of BEF, said: "Our initial observation
indicates that the Potters Bar site offers good potential to accommodate
the equestrian sports, a key ingredient is the ideal distance to
the potential Olympic site being under 30 minutes. Once a decision
to bid has been made there is much more work to be done, including
over the venue, with full consultation between BOA, BEF and its
members, and UK Sport."
is critical that this consultation takes full account of the changing
circumstances for Eventing. Should the bid go ahead we must do everything
we can to minimise cost, present world class sport at its very best
and seek to inherit a sustainable and useful legacy."
very much hope that a strong and positive bid will be made and that
the Olympic Games can be brought to London. In addition to our Olympic
sports, a successful bid would give the entire equestrian industry
a great boost. The chance to compete for medals at a London Games
would provide huge impetus for our riders and the owners of their