Young Irishman David Simpson takes the Alltech Christmas Puissance at Olympia by storm, wowing a packed house with a bravado display of riding.
The contest, an annual favourite, went all the way to five rounds, with Simpson, riding puissance specialist Ricci Rich, clearing 7ft 3in (2.20m) in superlative style. He took over the ride on the 13-year-old grey mare from Britain’s Guy Williams, who the Olympia puissance on him in 2011.
Simpson was matched all the way by Karline De Brabander on her home-bred Fantomas de Muze. The enthralled crowd took the Belgian rider, the only girl in the class, to their hearts, and her horse tried his heart out with a massive leap, just catching the top bricks with his hind legs on landing.
Wednesday was another record breaking night at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. World Champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro not only duly won the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Freestyle, supported by Horse & Hound, but broke their own record score that they set here last year and claimed their third successive victory at the show!
Listen to Charlotte Dujardin talking about breaking their own world record in the freestyle
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How to get to Olympia London Horse Show
Olympia Exhibition Centre is located in Hammersmith, West London. Olympia Tube Station is open for the Show and has quick links to Clapham Junction National Rail Station and Earls Court Tube Station. Parking can be booked in advance but is limited. Have a look at our Location page to find out more.
The postcode for Olympia is W14 8UX.