Olympia, The London International Horse Show - 17 - 23rd December
Olympia is set to feature top international equestrian competition, as many of the World’s best riders are expected to attend the Show from Monday 17 - Sunday 23 December. Highlights include three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, the return of sell-out classes such as the Cayenne Puissance on Wednesday 19 December, last year won by Britain’s leading lady rider, Laura Renwick, and the pinnacle of the week’s Show Jumping action, the unmissable Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 23 December.
For 2018 the show is delighted to announce that La Garde Républicaine and its famous cavalry regiment, one of the most talked about branches of the French Gendarmerie, is to bring their display to the UK’s most important international horse Show this Christmas. Eighteen horses and sixteen riders will be making the trip across the English Channel to perform their renowned ‘Reprise des Douzes’, meaning ‘the resumption of twelve’, a spectacular ensemble of twelve chestnut horses to music. Choreographed to reflect the origins of French equestrianism and the way in which horses were ridden in battle, the combination of balletic Dressage movements, speed and precision, makes for one of the most technically difficult pieces of group riding.
Race Night’ is set to wow crowds on Friday 21 December, with an evening of competitive racing action including the Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Star jockey, Frankie Dettori, will captain a team of leading male jockeys who will be looking for victory in an unmissable battle of the sexes. Pitched against Dettori’s team will be the racing world’s ‘Girl Power’ – a team of leading female jockeys captained by Bridget Andrews.
For more information on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.