Olympic equestrian officials confident venue can deal with rain

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Rain has put an end to many equestrian events during this summer but officials behind the Olympic course in Greenwich are confident that the competition will not be affected by inclement weather.

Equestrian competition manager for the 2012 Games Tim Hadaway told Horse and Hound that he has sought the advice of turf specialists on the matter.

He stated that the Greenwich course has very "freely draining" grass, which will stand it in good stead if there is a downpour before the competition.

Heavy rainfall over the last couple of weeks put an end to any hopes of the 154th Great Yorkshire Show being put on this weekend and it followed the cancellation of the Badminton Grassroots Championships in May.

"That rain [before the Badminton trials] – we had 60 or 70mm – allowed them to identify any areas of standing water, which needed further work. These guys know every inch of the course," Mr Hadaway continued.

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