The world’s biggest equestrian Christmas party, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, returns to the capital on 15-21 December 2015, with a thrilling line-up showcasing the very best horsemanship from around the globe.
After a packed-out show last year, organisers are expecting yet another record attendance as equestrian fans head on their annual pilgrimage to the famous Olympia Exhibition Halls to watch the World’s top riders compete at the week-long equine extravaganza.
This hugely popular event is the climax of the equestrian sporting calendar and offers the rare opportunity for spectators to see an array of Olympic legends and Rio 2016 hopefuls. Top riders will include World No.1 and London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Scott Brash and recently qualified 2016 Olympic Show Jumping team Michael Whitaker, Joe Clee, Ben Maher and Jessica Mendoza. Charlotte Dujardin, the most successful British Dressage rider in the history of the sport, will also be returning to break the world record in Dressage Freestyle for an unprecedented third year running.
Olympia Horse Show not only hosts FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, but also a feast of breath-taking equestrian displays throughout the event. The expected 90,000 visitors will be treated to performances from French Horse Whisperer, Jean-François Pignon, The Household Cavalry Musical Ride and all the old favourites including The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale.
Away from the horses, Olympia Horse Show hosts a selection of restaurants and bars, as well as a fantastic shopping village. With over 200 ‘non high street’ shops, selling a unique range of goods from all things equestrian to fashion, jewellery, gifts, novelty items and fine art – it’s the perfect one-stop-shop for any last minute Christmas presents.
Suitable for all ages, performances run twice a day during the week-long show; in the afternoons and evenings with an international equestrian competition included in each session. Tickets start at £15 each with discounts for groups, children and concessions applying for certain performances. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.
• Tuesday: Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leg – Grand Prix
• Wednesday 16 December: Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leg – Freestyle to Music
• Thursday 17 December: Alltech Christmas Puissance
• Friday 18 December: FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell
• Saturday 19 December: FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg Final presented by Dodson & Horrell
• Sunday 20 December: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping leg presented by H&M
• Monday 21 December: Olympia Grand PrixVisit the website here for a full programme of events.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show
The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907. Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971. This year’s show takes place on 15-21 December 2015 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.