The London International Horse Show which takes place at Olympia from 15th to 21st 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 compact 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.
This year’s Olympia displays feature the considerable talents of Jean-François Pignon, the world-famous horse whisperer has an incredible connection with his horses which enables him to control their behaviour to a remarkable degree.
For a complete change of mood, the show continues with the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry. The Cavalry provide high-speed thrills undertaking complex cross overs and other dynamic manoeuvres.
Most sessions feature Extreme Driving which features the top carriage drivers in the world hurtling around the compact course to post their quickest time, considerable skill is needed to control four galloping horses and the carriage.
The show finishes with the Christmas Finale which is based on the theme of Camelot and includes jousting and a singing and dancing finale.
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 appeals 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.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
If you would like to find out more about the show or book tickets , visit the show website here
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