THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW OLYMPIA December 13th – 19th 2016
Being an equestrian estate agent and selling properties to and for equstrian people, one of the annual pilgrimages almost all our customers seem to go to is the London Horse Show at Olympia.....
‘The World’s Best Equestrian Christmas Party’ The London International Horse Show at Olympia takes place from Tuesday 13th December – Monday 19th December 2016. The event is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup TM Qualifiers in Show Jumping, Dressage and Driving. Each day there are afternoon and evening competitions and performances featuring top class horses and riders from all over the World along with a variety of equestrian and country displays and trade stands within the ever popular Olympia shopping village.
14th December - A Tribute to Dressage Hero ‘Valegro’ at Olympia ! - It’s hard to think of another horse who has done so much for the world of dressage as Olympic equine star, Valegro who will be appearing alongside Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester at an official retirement ceremony taking place in the Olympia Grand Hall on Wednesday 14 December in a special tribute to this amazing horse
16th December Olympic and Paralympic Medallists Parade at Olympia! Get ready to celebrate our Rio medallists on Friday evening when our Olympic and Paralympic champions will parade around the Olympia arena in a blaze of glory headed by Gold medallists Nick Skelton OBE and Charlotte Dujardin.
16th December Victoria Pendleton will jump with Jockeys at Olympia Dual Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, who rode at last season's Cheltenham Festival, is to turn her hand to show jumping and ride at the London International Horse show at Olympia . Pendleton will be part of the jump jockeys team that competes against Flat counterparts in the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Pendleton's teammates in the jumps team will be champion jockey Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies, Tom Scudamore and Harry Skelton.
The Flat team is captained by Frankie Dettori and consists of newly-crowned champion Jim Crowley, Hayley Turner and Adam Kirby.
Pendleton will undergo specialist training from a fellow Olympian Nick Skelton, currently at the pinnacle of his career – as Rio 2016's individual show jumping gold medallist and one of the nominees for this year’s accolade of ‘BBC Sports Personality Of The Year’ – To be decided this Sunday 18th December . – Get voting!
The most important Show Jumping event at Olympia is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping presented by H&M. The Christmas Puissance is great fun as the horses jump higher and higher and the Olympia Grand Prix is also very important. Please visit the programme page for more information on each performance.
FEI World Cup TM Driving and Extreme Driving - These disciplines are without doubt the most thrilling races of competitive carriage driving and nowhere is this more keenly apparent than at Olympia. It has the audience gripping their seats dazzled by the skill of fearless drivers who manoeuvre four galloping horses round a technical course at seemingly impossible speeds and the FEI World Cup TM Driving is only open to the top ten ranked drivers in the world.
Dressage focuses on the development of the physique of the horse and the harmony between rider and horse. At Olympia there are two tests, the Grand Prix and the Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Free Style to Music, the rider can choose the music, the choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. In the Free Style test, the technical skill and the artistic performance are evaluated. On the artistic part, one of the most important things is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music.
Portuguese Lusitanos – ‘The Pride of Portugal’
The world-class Lusitano Display is comprised of Portugal’s top riders and 16 stallions, hand-picked to represent their country in this demonstration of traditional Portuguese equestrian skills. The striking horses are mesmerising to watch with their beauty and flexibility emphasised through the breath-taking carousel routine.
Making a rare visit to the UK, Santi Serra’s relationship with his beloved horses and much loved canine companions is something which has to be seen to be believed! He communicates with them through mind and body and puts on a thrilling show demonstrating extraordinary choreography between horse, human and dog. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this unique display!
The Kennel Club Dog Agility
One of Olympia’s most loved parts of the Show is the Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. These take place at each of the performances with different types of classes for each one. For instance you may see the ABC Class (that’s Anything But a Collie) or you may see the small dog pairs relay. Whatever you see, you are in for a great deal of fun, as these wonderful animals race around, over and through the obstacles, wearing their owners out and going hell for leather to be the one with the winning time.
Shetland Pony Grand National
The Shetland Pony Grand National holds all the excitement of the horse race on a miniature scale! Shetland Ponies and their riders race around the arena at a fast and furious pace – it really is one of the highlights of Olympia. If you are interested in getting involved please visit the Shetland Pony Grand National website