The London International Horse Show which takes place at Olympia from 15 – 21 December has become a pre-Christmas tradition for those interested in the Equestrian world. Olympia has a long tradition of holding International horse shows, the first one was held in 1907, however the London International Horse Show was created in 1972. One of the main reasons for its popularity is there is fun for all the family with a variety of entertainments as well as world-class Show jumping, Dressage and Driving.
The world’s best Show Jumping riders take part in a number of competitions over the seven days of competition in a variety of classes, the course is a test for rider and horse especially in timed jump offs.
There are competitions in a number of disciplines which test animal and human, one of the most popular events is Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. Dogs race around a specially designed course which challenge both dogs and their owners.
Another favourite is the Shetland Pony Grand National, Shetland Ponies and their young riders race round the arena at a furious pace to be crowned the winner.
Tuesday 15th Evening – The Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix
Wednesday 16th Evening – The Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle to Music
Thursday 17th Evening – The Alltech Puissance
Friday 18th Afternoon – FEI World CupTM Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell
Saturday 19th Evening – FEI World CupTM Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell
Sunday 20th Afternoon – The Longines FEI World CupTM Show Jumping leg presented by H&M
Monday 21st Evening – The Olympia Grand Prix
Jean-François Pignon: Marvel as the wonderful bond this world famous horse whisperer has with his Liberty Horses.
The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry: Daredevil maneuvers and high speed cross overs
Christmas Finale supported by The Hilton London Olympia: All performances except Tuesday and Wednesday.
Afternoon Performances start from 12:30 and end around 4:30 unless stated otherwise.
Evening performances start from 6:00 and end around 10:30 unless stated otherwise.On some of the days a Morning performance is advertised. Normally this will be just one class or competition. Entry to the morning performance is free of charge to all afternoon ticket holders. Alternatively tickets for ‘Morning Only’ can be purchased. Visitors are able to sit anywhere. The morning performances will start at around 10am.
There is plenty of other entertainment and a shopping village that has over 250 shops selling a massive range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art.
The London International Horse Show offers an attractive mix of top class sport and family fun which will appeal to people of all ages. The event is especially popular with families who bring their children for a pre- Christmas treat. The different sessions have slightly different performances, so it is well worth checking what is available.
If you would like to find out more about the show or book tickets , visit the show website here
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