International dressage rider Wayne Channon is to move back to the UK.

Wayne, who has represented Great Britain since 1995 including at the World Equestrian Games in 2006, has spent the past six years in Turnhout, Belgium, but will move back on 22 August.

“My son is 13 this year and we want him to have an English education,” he said.

“Also Lorenzo [Wayne’s top grand prix horse] is now at retirement age, so it was an easy decision.

“I moved abroad to compete internationally and I haven’t really done that this year, I can do what I do here easily from the UK and I’m delighted to be moving back.

“I have several young horses I hope to bring on and get them competition experience.”

The Channons will move to East Sussex with their 14 competition horses and have applied for permission to build 16 stables and an indoor and outdoor school.

A spokesman for British Dressage added: “It will be great to see Wayne out competing on the national dressage circuit again.”

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (15 July, ’10)