MARK VEEVER, 45
Grooming for: Nick Skelton and Arko (Archie)
Background: worked in various yards, including with a stunt rider, before he began grooming for Nick 19 years ago.
Previous international experience: travelled across the world with Nick for many years including trips to Seoul and Barcelona but stopped seven years ago after his children were born. Hes currently filling in.
Preparation: We work on keeping the horse in form, especially with Arko, who needs to be kept fit.
This year, weve been away to Cannes and other competitions where its quite hot, and well be using electrolytes and plenty of pipe-openers to keep him fresh.
Hopes and fears: The Olympics wont be anything new for me, but theyll be exciting.
I think therell be a bit more pressure on Nick this year everybody whos seen the horse abroad thinks hes got a chance of being in the first three.
BABS WENZL, 28
Grooming for: Robert Smith and Mr Springfield (Jimmy)
Background: groomed part-time in Austria before starting work for Robert five years ago.
Previous international experience: has accompanied Robert to all his major competitions over the past three years.
Preparation: We only found out we were going on 21 June, so we havent had much time to think about it.
Well probably work on the horses fitness and do galloping work to get him ready for the heat.
Hopes and fears: Im excited about going. Im expecting it to be very different a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But there might be more pressure competing as individuals than as part of a team.
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