The Queen smiles on as Nick Skelton’s horse steals the show at their retirement ceremony

14 May

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph this weekend. Skelton said he had had “a good innings”.  He said from the moment he met Big Star, he knew the animal had the “X-factor you look for”.

“Without him I definitely wouldn’t have been there in London and Rio,” he said. 

The horse is also retiring from competition, and will go to stud.

Skelton will continue working with young horses at his base near Alcester in Warwickshire, while also closely following the racing fortunes of his sons.

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