Skelton keeping feet on the ground

14 May 2012 / 11:39

British number one Nick Skelton is determined not to put pressure on himself as the build-up continues towards his London Olympics medal bid.

Skelton has enjoyed a brilliant start to 2012, which continued on Sunday when he landed the Longines Grand Prix of La Baule in France, winning £53,000.

It followed a recent grand prix victory in Antwerp, while he was also the star performer at this year's six-week Florida Winter Festival aboard his two Olympic showjumping prospects Carlo and Big Star.

Warwickshire-based Skelton, an individual bronze medallist at last year's European Championships in Madrid, also shone for Great Britain during last week's FEI Nations Cup opener when he jumped two clear rounds on Big Star.

But he was back on Carlo for the La Baule grand prix, defeating a high-class field that saw Belgium's reigning world champion Phillipe Le Jeune finish second and Skelton's Great Britain colleague Ben Maher take third with Tripple X III.

"I was lucky to have a late draw so that I could watch some of the other riders go first, and it goes without saying that I'm delighted to have won the grand prix," Skelton, 54, said.

"My sights are naturally on the Olympics, but I don't want to put myself under that sort of pressure at the moment.

"We are just taking it week by week, and it's definitely fair to say that I am in the extremely fortunate position of having two exceptional horses in Carlo and Big Star."

Skelton is due to compete at the Hamburg Global Champions' Tour event later this week before returning to the Nations Cup stage in St Gallen, Switzerland, on June 1.