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International ace Tim to headline Christmas Equine Fair

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

Tim Stockdale will feature as one of the headline acts at this year's South West Christmas Equine Fair

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Top international showjumper Tim Stockdale has been announced as one of the headline acts at the South West Christmas Equine Fair 2012 which is held annually at Westpoint, Exeter.

Tim will be performing two educational yet entertaining demonstrations on each day to provide the audience with further knowledge and share his expertise with riding enthusiasts that have descended upon the South West horse event.

Tim first represented Great Britain in 1988 and has now represented his country on over 50 occasions in Nations' Cup teams as well as the 2002 World Equestrian Games, the 2008 Olympic Games in China and the 2009 European Championships.

His journey to international show jumping prominence started at the age of just seven when his riding talents were first recognised at Nottinghamshire's Grove Pony Club. On leaving school, he went instantaneously to work with horses at Mike Saywell's yard in Retford. Not long after, he seized the opportunity to work as second jockey to acclaimed show jumper, Graham Fletcher.

Tim was presented with the British Equestrian Federation's Medal of Honour at the British Open Show Jumping Championships in April, 2010, in recognition to his "outstanding services" to equestrian sport. In 2006, he was also awarded an Honorary Degree by Nottingham Trent University for his services to equestrianism.

Tim gained further valuable experience by working with and training under John Taylor before setting out on his own in 1990 with six horses. His major competitive breakthrough had come two years previously when he won a major class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show riding, Supermarket.

Tim is a true sportsman – not only will he entertain the crowds with his demonstrations, he will also be assisting with both the Pony Club-Horse & Hound showjumping challenge and the junior show jumping competition, offering instruction and advice to the up and coming show jumping stars.

The two-day show will take place at Westpoint on December 8-9. For tickets visit www.contour.uk.net or call 01749 813899.

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