Visitors to the Alltech World Equestrian Games Gala Night on the Friday night of the Alltech FEI European Jumping & Dressage Championships (25-30 Aug) will be entertained by new rock band Dakota.

Dakota, which is about to release its debut album Here, There and Everywhere, includes international show jumpers Ben Talbot and dressage rider Richard Davison’s son, Tom, who is also a show jumper, among its number.

The band has been picked to perform as part of a drive by the British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) to introduce show jumping into the mainstream and encourage more young people to get involved in the sport.

Tom Davison said: “It will be amazing to perform at the Europeans, especially in front of Muhammad Ali. My dad will be there as Team GB’s Dressage Chef d’Equipe so it will be quite strange performing in front of him, at an event he’s involved with!”

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