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Mount Mascal Welcomes Olympic 2012 Course Designer - Sue Benson

May. 18, 2013,


Mount Mascal Stables is delighted to announce that Sue Benson will be teaching a series of mounted cross country sessions on Saturday 18th May 2013. Sue is a former international event rider and international cross-country course designer. Approachable and knowledgeable, Sue trains all ages and levels of experience.

Sue Benson is one of Britain's best known Championship course designers as well having had a career as a well respected event rider. Sue was chosen back in 2006 to design the cross-country course at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park by the London 2012 Organising Committee. Sue said of this role: "I am hugely excited at the prospect of designing the course at Greenwich Park. It is excellent to have Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London, and Greenwich Park will provide a stunning backdrop for the equestrian events." 

In 2006, Sue was singled out from a shortlist recommended by the FEI. She had been course designing for the last 15 years, working at Bramham, Thirlestane and Boekelo. She was then assistant course designer for the Burghley Horse Trials.

Following the build for the London Prepares Test Event at Greenwich in June 2011, Sue commented on the challenges she faced: "In my whole designing career, this is the first time I've ever been given a virgin site that's never, ever been used for the same sport.......I just had a clean sheet and it's been much more of a challenge because I've had to find out for myself how the terrain works.........The park is filled with so much history and I've had a lot of inspiration from the park and also from London so I think my course may tell a little story or two."

If you are interested in participating in this unique opportunity please email Places are VERY limited. Until April 15th applciations are invited exclusively from staff & livery clients.and sessions are completely free of charge with our compliments. Applicants will be considered in order of receipt.


Facilitated by Hoof, an equestrian legacy project of the British Equestrian Federation