Boris Johnson gets on horse to announce equestrian event at Olympic Park

Olympic Gold medalist Nick Skelton and Major of London Boris Johnson at the launch of the Longines G

Olympic Gold medalist Nick Skelton and Major of London Boris Johnson at the launch of the Longines Global Champions Tour, an international show jumping event that will take place at the Olympic Park - Credit: PA

London Mayor Boris Johnson was riding high yesterday as he was joined by equestrian Nick Skelton as they launched the world’s leading show jumping championships.

The Longines Global Champions Tour is set to be staged next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 6 – 9.

The world’s top 30 riders will be competing, including GB gold medallists Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Ben Maher.

Mr Johnson said: “I am thrilled to welcome yet another elite sporting event to London and in this case, one which is being hosted in Stratford. “Equestrian fixtures were a real highlight of the Olympic and Paralympic Games not just in terms of the healthy medal haul but also the impeccable staging.”

A grandstand for 3,000 spectators, paying from £10, will be erected around the arena with corporate hospitality marquees for 500 people alongside.

Tickets can be purchased at www.globalchampionstour.com