Benson to design 2012 Olympic course

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Sue Benson will be designing the cross-country course at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park. Benson, who is currently course designing for the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, was selected by the London 2012 Organising Committee.

“I am hugely excited at the prospect of designing the course at Greenwich Park,” she said. “It is excellent to have Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London, and Greenwich Park will provide a stunning backdrop for the equestrian events.”

Benson, a former international three day event rider, was singled out from a shortlist recommended by the FEI. She has been course designing for the last 15 years, working at Bramham, Thirlestane and Boekelo. This year she was assistant course designer for the Burghley Horse Trials.

“We were very impressed with Sue’s record” said Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport. “She has an excellent track record in design at the highest level, and international experience. Her ideas for design will incorporate all aspects of Greenwich Park, and will utilise its iconic buildings and views.”

Find out what riders think about Sue Benson’s appointment in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound (26 October ’06)