Yesterday proved to be another successful day for Team GB as another 2 golds were added to our fantastic London 2012 haul to bring the total to an amazing 18. Even more fantastic was the news that one of the members of the gold medal winning team representing Great Britain in the show jumping competition was Nick Skelton OBE who was taking part in his 6th consecutive Olympic games.
Age is just a number, so they say, but we still think it’s worth celebrating the fact that Skelton has walked away with his first ever Olympic gold at the ripe old age of 54. Even more astounding when you learn that Mr Skelton has fought his way back from a potentially career-ending neck fracture in 2001 which caused him to briefly retire before recuperating and returning to competitive show jumping.
There aren’t many Olympic sports in which a 50 year old could take part, never mind prove victorious, but I guess show jumping means that your legs are only as old as the horse you’re riding! What a truly amazing achievement for Skelton and his team mates – bringing home the first GB show jumping Olympic gold for 60 years.
We mustn’t forget the role of the fantastic four legged team members in this success. Although they don’t receive gold medals like their two legged riders, we hope the Team GB show jumping horses were treated to a slap up meal of carrots and sugar cubes last night. Why not show your appreciation for the Team GB horses by donning an Adult Horse Mask from our humungous range of Fancy Dress Masks and going for a wee gallop round the block!
By Jennie Humes