Equestrians go head-to-head for SPOTY

This weekend sees two equestrian superstars go head-to-head in the race to be named this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Sophie Christiansen had a great summer in Rio (Pic: BEF/Jon Stroud Media)

Sophie Christiansen had a great summer in Rio (Pic: BEF/Jon Stroud Media)

Show jumper Nick Skelton and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen have both been shortlisted for the award and are among 16 contenders including boxer Nicola Adams, athlete Mo Farah and tennis player, Andy Murray.

It's the first time that either rider has been nominated for the award and it comes after a fantastic year for both athletes.

Sophie had a triumphant summer at the Rio Paralympics, bringing back three gold medals in dressage. She’s also not finished lower than second in any FEI event she’s competed in this year.

Nick and his horse Big Star took the gold for show jumping in Rio, making him the first British rider in 44 years to bring home a medal in the individual event.

Nick and Big Star took gold in the individual show jumping (Pic: Jon Stroud Media) 

Nick and Big Star took gold in the individual show jumping (Pic: Jon Stroud Media) 

Should he succeed, Skelton will be the first show jumper in over 50 years to take the title of BBC Sports Personality. The last time a show jumper triumphed was back in 1960 and was won by David Broome.

Sophie follows Charlotte Dujardin in representing dressage in the Sports Personality of the Year. Dujardin finished fourth when she was nominated in 2014.  

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be shown on BBC One on Sunday 18 December at 18.40. 

To find out how to cast your vote click here

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