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British Eventing president to carry Olympic torch

British Eventing President Jane Holderness-Roddam has been named as an official Olympic Torchbearer for her local area of Shurdington on May 23.

Holderness-Roddam (nee Bullen) was the first ever female member of the eventing team to represent Britain at an Olympic Games. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico she rode Our Nobby to Olympic Team Gold.

Holderness-Roddam, a former Chairman of BE, remembers her medal winning experience: “It seems incredible that it was 44 years ago that I rode at the Olympic Games in Mexico on the tiny, barely 15hh, thoroughbred Our Nobby, as the first British girl to participate in the three day event.

“Nicknamed the Galloping Nurse, as I was training as a nurse at The Middlesex Hospital at the time, I joined team mates Richard Meade, Derek Allhusen and Ben Jones on what was undoubtedly the trip of a lifetime when we managed to bring home Team Gold and Derek’s Individual Silver in 1968.

“This year we have the Olympics on our doorstep and who knows what the outcome at Greenwich will be, however high our expectations, but for everyone who rides there I just want to wish them the very best of luck.

“Riding for your country is special at any time but to do so in your own country is even more so, especially in such a spectacular venue. Holding that medal round my neck and knowing that so many, many people had been part of the team that helped us to get there was something very unique.

“Whether as a team supporter or part of the army of helpers at Greenwich we can all do our bit to make 2012 as memorable to our riders as Mexico was to me way back in 1968.″

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