Nominated for the Olympics

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A horse called Louis D’Or could be the nearest thing Rugby has to a competitor in the Olympics!

Owned by Paula Potter, whose family have run Castle Hill riding school at Brandon for 50 years, Louis has been nominated for the 2012 dressage.

From a dozen of the country’s top horses, the final four to represent Great Britain and a couple of reserves will be announced next month.

Louis, a 16hh bay gelding, is in line for selection, having been extremely successful in events in Europe with his rider Henriette Andersen.

He already represents the country in international competitions but to watch him in London 2012 would be something very special for Paula.

“After all my years involved with horses this would definitely be the icing on the cake,” she said.

“I used to compete on him when I was younger and he’s just a totally normal horse with a very good temperament. Even my six-year-old granddaughter can sit on him.”

Although he is now based at Henriette’s training yard in Stowe on the Wold, he occasionally does go home to Brandon for holidays, although he doesn’t get any superstar treatment!

Paula has been allocated tickets in anticipation of his selection and is keeping her fingers crossed that he will be stepping out at Greenwich Park in early August.

Last year Louis, who is 14, was one of the horses involved in the demonstration event, which helped organisers to assess the arrangements and facilities for the 2012 equestrian competitions.

“I hope it gives inspiration to children and people who have their own horses. You have to be very lucky, but you don’t have to pay a lot to have a really good horse.

“When I bought him I knew he was above average, but even in the early days judges thought he was something special.”