Injury victim Stockdale in Olympic bid

24 May 2012 / 12:54

Showjumper Tim Stockdale is poised to gain an Olympic selection chance next week - seven months after breaking his neck.

Stockdale, 47, has been selected among Great Britain's five-strong squad for the FEI Nations Cup event in St Gallen, Switzerland on June 1.

Team manager Rob Hoekstra revealed to Press Association Sport earlier this month that Northamptonshire-based Stockdale would be handed an opportunity to impress during the London 2012 selection process.

And he will now head to Switzerland with Fresh Direct Kalico Bay, joining team-mates Nick Skelton, Scott Brash, John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker.

Stockdale, a 2008 Olympian, was trying out a horse in north Wales last October when he suffered a crashing fall and subsequently spent six weeks recovering at a specialist spinal unit in Oswestry, where he was treated for three fractured vertebrae.

But he performed well in a number of two and three-star events since returning to the saddle, and was second in the Royal Windsor Horse Show Grand Prix behind Louise Pavitt two weeks ago. Hoekstra and his fellow selector Di Lampard are due to announce the four-strong British team for London in early July.

Skelton, winner of the La Baule Grand Prix and Hamburg Global Champions' Tour event in recent weeks, will ride Carlo 273 in St Gallen.

Brash, meanwhile, has been selected aboard Intertoy Z, with John Whitaker on Maximillian IV and Michael Whitaker riding Viking V.

Britain finished fifth at the La Baule Nations Cup opener, with round two of this season's eight-event series taking place in Rome on Friday.