Big Star’s Groom emotionally spoke about Big Star and Nick Skelton’s retirement surrounding Royal Windsor Horse Show. A teary day was had filming the 3 documentaries with Big Star’s Groom playing a role at their home in Warwickshire. Big Star’s groom spoke highly of the partnership saying that Big Star has achieved everything he possibly could along side Nick Skelton – the best jockey in the world. The bond was clear between Groom and horse as he thanked Big Star for everything, especially giving him his finest hour at Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Celebrating Big Star’s retirement from 9 successful years showjumping the partnership have a lot to reflect on. Major wins together include the Hamburg Grand Prix in 2012, Team gold in 2012 London Olympics with Team GB (alongside Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles), and Individual gold in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In 2012 Big Star was honoured with the KWPN Horse of the Year.
In his interview, Nick Skelton talks passionately about the bond between rider and horse and explains the challenges involved on the road to victory in Rio. He describes Big Star as “the best horse he has ever ridden” as he prepares to enter the ring for the final time with his beloved horse at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
After a career that has spanned 40 years, winning thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix’ events, Nick Skelton retired from show jumping in 2017. He still holds the British equestrian high jump record, when he jumped over 7ft 7in during the puissance competition at the London Olympia Horse show in 1978.
As equestrian filming specialists and lovers of horses, it was a true privilege to work with Nick Skelton and we were incredibly proud to make this film, celebrating the successful career and retirement of Big Star.
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