It’s one of the last great shows of the year, and it’s well worth waiting for! Here are our top 5 reasons we can’t wait for the Olympia Horse Show this year!
1. Dressage Masterclass by Charlotte
Triple Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, will be gracing the Olympia Grand Hall once again as it is announced she will be conducting a Dressage masterclass at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. Dressage superstar, Dujardin, who retired her Olympic partner Valegro in an emotional ceremony at last year’s Show, will be treating spectators to a dynamic display on Tuesday 12 December 2017. Riding Mount St John Freestyle, part of Charlotte’s post-Valegro generation of horses making their mark on the sport, Charlotte will be demonstrating the skill and patience required to produce young horses. Not only that, Carl Hester, who took the title of both the FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix and Freestyle at Olympia Horse Show in 2016 aboard Olympic team gold medal winning horse, Nip Tuck, will be presenting an invaluable ‘the making of a Grand Prix horse’ masterclass at this year’s Show. The Olympian will guide spectators through the elements which make a medal-contending Dressage horse, from producing the perfect piaffe to mastering the most effective mentality.
2.Seven of the world’s top 10 Show Jumpers
Europe’s most renowned riders, including seven former world number 1s, will take centre stage over five days of unmissable CSI5*-W competition. Home heroes Scott Brash and Ben Maher, winner and runner-up in the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Leg, are both returning whilst Britain’s leading lady Laura Renwick and Guy Williams, both known for their speed against the clock, are sure to give the London fans something to cheer about. US-based Amanda Derbyshire, who has represented Great Britain on several occasions this year, will be looking to make her mark at her Show debut. Daniel Deusser (GER) will return, alongside compatriots Christian Ahlmann and Marcus Ehning, both regular winners on the CSI5* circuit, Longines Global Champions Tour Champion of 2017, Dutchman Harrie Smolders and the notoriously speedy Emanuele Gaudiano are all also going to be putting on a great show!
3.Mounted police to put on a fiery demo
Adding to this year’s stellar line-up of entertainment, the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police will be returning with their breath-taking Activity Ride, a phenomenal demonstration of skill and bravery as they negotiate hazards, portraying complete trust between horse and Officer. Expect horses jumping through a solid paper wall, fire, and many more edge-of-the-seat moments as the horses boldly illustrate their nerves of steel, in perfect formation.
The historic act demonstrates the day-to-day training routine ahead of patrolling the busy streets of London, carrying on a proud tradition of service and duty which began in 1873, when horses were hired from a local livery stable for use in emergencies.
With Xmas round the corner and a Shopping Village containing over 250 shops, there is no better place to purchase some Christmas treats for yourself or others. Selling a range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art, the village will have something for everyone. There are a few well-known brands at Olympia along with several ‘not on the high street’ shops, offering you some great Christmas present ideas and much more.
The ever popular elements which make London’s premier horse show magical, such as The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale, will also be back- as will our annual favourite – Father Christmas!!
Don’t miss it – 12-18 December, Olympia, London.