Final British Olympic teams confirmed and other things the horse world is talking about

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  • Teams announced

    The final British Olympic equestrian teams for the Paris Games have been confirmed today (10 July), with just over a fortnight to go till the opening ceremony. On behalf of the British Olympic Association (BOA), British Equestrian has named who will be in the teams and who will be the alternates for all three disciplines. The dressage, eventing and showjumping squads are confirmed.

    Keep up to date with the latest on Paris

    ‘I never want pity’

    Eventing legend William Fox-Pitt talks to H&H about his decision to retire, which he announced at Mars Badminton Horse Trials this year. “Nothing lasts for ever,” William said, after his 40 years at the top of the sport. William said he nearly called time on his career last October but “wanted to enjoy one last push”. “Badminton was good,” he said. “But it’s only 32 jumps and I don’t think I’m riding as well as I was. I never want pity. I was always fit as you like, could compete six advanced horses in a day easily; now I’m feeling five is too much.”

    Read the full interview

    Riders Minds Day

    Equestrians are urged to wear something purple and ACT (act, care, talk), on the first Riders Minds Day on 9 August. Mental health charity Riders Minds is trying to promote positivity on what it is hoped will become an annual event. The charity’s founder and chair Victoria Wright said: “It’s time to unite, it’s time to stop talking about one another and start talking to each other. Always be humble, always be understanding and always be kind. The brightest smiles can hide a thousand wounds and people can be fighting inner battles you know absolutely nothing about.”

    Find out how to get involved

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