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Showjumping at OlympicsThis year, all roads have been leading towards the European Showjumping Championships in Aachen (17-23 August) and now they are visible on the horizon, the pressure is on more than ever. These championships are going to be crucial in determining whether or not the Brits have a team at next year’s Olympics in Rio — it really is going to be a nail-biting competition. The British team needs to finish in the top three countries not yet qualified in order to make their Olympic bid.

The team has already experienced a few blows following the announcement that Scott Brash is saving his top ride Hello Sanctos for the final leg of the Rolex Grand Slam at Spruce Meadows (9-13 September). Having won two of the three legs already this year (Geneva and Aachen) Scott merely has to show up to collect the €500,000 (£360,000) prize. Should he win he’ll pick up the €1million (£720,000) bonus.

John Whitaker also confirmed that he will not be putting Argento forward for selection on the grounds that the 13-year-old stallion would not be suited to the large, overwhelming arena at Aachen.

The team selection will be decided following the Nations Cup event at Dublin Horse Show (6-9 August).

The nominated British riders are: Scott Brash, Joe Clee, Holly Gillott, Ben Maher, Jessica Mendoza, Spencer Roe, Guy Williams and a trio of Whitakers — Robert, Michael and William.

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