Stabble saddles up as 2012 host
PUBLISHED: 15:55 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 August 2010
A TOP equestrian venue is set to host the world s best riders bidding for Olympic glory. Nurstead Court, Meopham, was unveiled as an official Olympic training venue for eventing ahead of the London 2012 Games on Monday. Event organiser Ginny Walliker fo
A TOP equestrian venue is set to host the world's best riders bidding for Olympic glory.
Nurstead Court, Meopham, was unveiled as an official Olympic training venue for eventing ahead of the London 2012 Games on Monday.
Event organiser Ginny Walliker founded the venue's national horse trials in 2003, which have become a prestigious annual competition.
She said: "We already attract some of the best British riders to compete on our younger horses.
"Not only is the site accessible but we are in a prime location near to Greenwich, where the 2012 eventing is due to take place."
The existing livery area houses 50 horses, and there are facilities for stabling, all-weather routes and tracks for cross country riding.
Mrs Walliker added: "Being able to host trials has brought a higher level of equestrianism and more people from Kent into the sport.
"Our new training status will put Kent on the international map and enable us to run higher level competitions."
She said they had the facilities to host up to 16 riders from four countries.
Dartford and Gravesham boroughs have five venues which had to meet strict quality criteria to appear in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.
Meapa Gymnastic Centre, Cedar Avenue, Gravesend is another to impress the inspectors, which can host artistic gymnasts.
Close links to Ebbsfleet put the centre close to London, just 12 minutes away by rail.
The official 2012 guide will be sent to every National Olympic Committee and circulated to all venues at this year's Beijing Games.
Potential bidders wanting to locate in North Kent's prime locations are expected to approach some selected venues, such as Dartford Judo Club, in a matter of weeks.
Other winners include Dartford FC, chosen to host football and archery training; Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled in Darenth, for equestrian and Brands Hatch for road cycling.
Brands' internationally recognised name is expected to generate a lot of interest as the world's cycling elite descend on north Kent in preparation for the world's greatest sporting show.