TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Newly-crowned Olympic show jumping champions Nick Skelton of Great Britain and Big Star will headline international show jumping competition at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, held November 4-13, 2016, as part of the 94 th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON. Skelton will be among the world's best riders competing in the $130,500 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 9. The competition is a qualifying event for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, next spring. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist will face stiff competition from defending champion McLain Ward of the United States, who has won the World Cup qualifying event a total of seven times, including the past three years in a row. "There have been a lot of very special moments at The Royal," said Ward of Brewster, NY, who will contest this year's event riding HH Carlos Z. "It's a step back in time. It has a special environment that you don't see any more in any sports arena. I really appreciate that they stick to their traditions and it's a very special place to me." Ward won last year's event riding HH Azur, who went on to be his partner at the 2016 Olympic Games where the United States won team silver. "I'm not bringing Azur this year so that makes the job a little more difficult, but we always go and try to do the best we can every day," continued Ward. "It's a little bit of a busman's holiday for me as well as my family will come up on the weekend. Toronto is a great city with beautiful hotels and restaurants, so we go and enjoy it."