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Showjumping return for Big Star

Showjumper Nick Skelton's London 2012 horse Big Star is set to make his major competition return at next week's Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Big Star has been sidelined since suffering an injury last August as he was preparing for the Spruce Meadows Masters in Canada.

Skelton and Big Star were part of Great Britain's Olympic gold medal-winning team in London alongside Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Peter Charles.

"Big Star had a suspensory injury in August last year," Skelton said.

"I took him to Florida for the winter to recuperate and he jumped some small classes.

"I am hopefully trying to get him ready for the World Equestrian Games (in September). That would be his aim.

"Before that, I would like to get him to the Hamburg Global Champions Tour at the end of May, so taking Big Star to Windsor would be a good preparation for him, but I will only do so if he is 100 per cent fit.

"I am looking forward to getting back in action with him. The last nine months have been a bit quiet, to say the least."