Having missed out on the London 2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, the Wombles managed a surprise appearance (of sorts) during the Paralympics.
New Zealand dressage rider Rachel Stock chose the music of The Wombles for her performance in the grade three freestyle event on 4 September, on her horse Rimini Park Emmerich (Ricki for short).
Rachel Stock said: “We were looking for something British to perform, but most of the obvious options had gone, and we settled on the Wombles. We had to buy the airing rights, and when Mike Batt heard about it he said he would come along to Greenwich Park.”
The special arrangement of The Wombling Song and Remember You’re A Womble was composed in Germany, where Rachel Stock trained with her coach/choreographer Hayley Beresford (any relation?) for three months leading up to the Paralympic Games.
The performance scored 66.850%, placing them ninth. Rachel Stock said: “I was thrilled with the test. Ricki was on form, energic and just felt ready to dance. I am pleased that my scores have continued to improve, maybe thought the test was deserving of a little more, but in the end the crowd loved it and I enjoyed it.”
The 42-year-old para-equestrian dressage rider has broken her back several times and been diagnosed with cancer and a degenerative bone disease. But she says, “I will not allow the things I cannot do to prevent me from doing the things I can.”
Sadly the performance wasn’t broadcast on British television, but a member of the audience posted a short clip on YouTube (see below).
- Metro: Wombles make shock appearance in Paralympic equestrian event
- A “Wombling Free” Finish for Stock – Equestrian Sports New Zealand
- Rachel Shiree Stock: New Zealand Para Equestrian Dressage Rider
— Newsbeat Live Sport (@NZNNsport) September 4, 2012
I want to see dressage today. Could be only ever chance to hear it done to Wombles song.
— David Emmerson (@emmoworld) September 4, 2012
Wombles make shock appearance in Paralympic equestrian event http://t.co/3DzMIdMx
— Metro Olympics (@Metro_Olympics) September 4, 2012
Ha ha, dressage to 'Remember you're a Womble'
— Vinegar Lil (@Ernie_Beckett) September 4, 2012
New Zealand dressage competitor strutting his stuff to a rock version of… "remember you're a womble".
— Pete Stone (@kigelia) September 4, 2012
Freestyle dressage is choreographed to music. Being treated to the Wombles theme at present.
— Gordon Farquhar (@GordonFarquhar) September 4, 2012
I've just watched a horse dance to the Wombles theme tune. You don't say that everyday!
— Catherine Raynor (@CatherineRaynor) September 4, 2012
I /never/ thought I'd see dressage performed to the Wombles theme tune. Kudos Team New Zealand!
— Helen 'Loki' Mousie (@Tynemousie) September 4, 2012
At the #Paralympic dancing horses. Best soundtrack so far – remember you're a womble :)
— Rosi Birchley (@Obeide) September 4, 2012
Amazing moves @ Greenwich in dressage. Dancing 2 Wombles + Take That! Wonder what the best soundtrack wld b for those dancing in/out of No10
— Philippa Hall (@Strawbtractor) September 4, 2012