Claire Heslop asked to take part in the Olympic torch relay on behalf of her sister, the late dressage rider, Jane Gregory (pictured). Jane – who rode for Britain at the Beijing and Atlanta Games in 2008 and 1996 – died following a heart attack last year.
Mrs Heslop said the relay would be a “fitting tribute“.
“The Olympics is going to be so painful for us all,” she told H&H. “We had hoped when the Games finally came to London, Jane would be riding there.”
Mrs Heslop’s route will take her through Bugle in mid-Cornwall.
“We have all Jane’s grooms, past and present, coming to watch, plus her husband [Hong Kong dressage rider Aram Gregory] and Susie Cumine, who owned Cupido, the horse who took Jane to Atlanta,” she added.
During its progression around the UK, the Olympic flame will be carried by a number of equestrians, including former Olympic eventer Jane Holderness-Roddam, who won team gold in Mexico in 1968.
This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (17 May 2012)