Rio de Janeiro may be some 6,000 miles away but supporters of Team GB are set to be taken closer to the action at this summer’s Olympic Games at a nationwide network of Official Team GB FanZones.
As well as following the nation’s finest athletes on their quest to Olympic glory, a selection of the fanzones will also offer fans, young and old, beginner to experts, the opportunity to try their hand at horse riding.
Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation initiative will be escorting their mechanical horse, Henry around the Official Team GB Fanzones offering the public have-a-go sessions so they can experience life in the saddle.
All those that take up the reins will receive a goody bag with information on how to discover more about horses and a voucher towards an equestrian taster experience at a participating centre.
Hoof will also be handing out informative spectator guides to help Team GB fans get behind and support the equestrian athletes across eventing, dressage and jumping.
Hoof have partnered with Team GB to offer this fantastic opportunity to learn more about one of this summer’s most exciting Olympic sports which has been central to the Olympic Movement for over a century. It is the only sport at the Games where men and women compete head-to-head for the same medals and is underpinned by the unique bond between horse and rider.
To join in and get a flavour of what horse riding can offer, visit the following Official Team GB FanZones:
Coventry 6th to 9th August between 12pm and 8pm
Bristol 12th to 14th August between 10am and 6pm
Glasgow 13th to 14th August between 12pm and 5pm
London, London Bridge City 20th August between 11am and 6pm
Entry to the fanzones is free and the big screen will be the best place to catch the action and soak up the samba spirit as the nation’s finest athletes aim to make Rio 2016 Team GB’s best ever Away Games.
Anna Hall, Head of Participation at the BEF said “We know that some exercise improves fitness, some relieves stress, some gets you out in the open air – but we believe that horse riding and volunteering delivers all that and more!
You can ride at all ages and get involved from a toddler to a ripe old age and we are urging everyone to have-a-go and get a flavour of life in the saddle”
The fanzones are a partnership between Team GB and the host venues and are funded through support from official Team GB partners Aldi, Muller and The National Lottery. For more information go to www.teamgb.com/fanzones or www.hoofride.co.uk.