Olympia, The London International Horse Show
Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World.
The dates for Olympia 2016 are December 13th-19th and tickets are now on sale!
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Timetable of Events
- FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound
- International Displays
- FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle to Music supported by Horse & Hound
- International Displays
- FEI World CupTM Driving Leg
- Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund
- Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping presented by H&M
- The H&M Mistletoe Mini Stakes
- The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship
- Six Bar
- The Olympia Grand Prix
Olympic equine star, Valegro, will be appearing alongside Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, at Olympia, The London International Horse Show this December.
Valegro’s official retirement from competition will take place in the Grand Hall on Wednesday 14 December. The retirement ceremony will follow the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle competition in what promises to be an emotional evening for Valegro fans.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE commented, “Valegro is a once in a lifetime horse and owes us nothing. I can’t wait to take him to Olympia and give him the send-off he deserves.”
Carl Hester MBE, spoke of their decision to retire Valegro at Olympia, “Valegro has done it all and we want him to go out in style! What better place than at Olympia – he loves the arena and being so close to the crowd. It is where he and Charlotte broke the world record in 2014 and it is the perfect place for our loyal British fans to say their farewell.”
For those who are unable to purchase tickets for the Wednesday evening performance, the audience in attendance on Tuesday 13 December will be treated to a Q&A session with Rio Olympic Team Silver Medallist, Carl Hester, Triple Gold Medallist, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. The audience will be invited to submit their questions in advance and selected spectators will be able to ask the questions in person.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward commented, “We are honoured that Charlotte and Carl have chosen Olympia as the place to retire Valegro. He is a true legend of equestrian sport and we will make sure that he has the perfect send-off. We wanted as many people as possible to have the opportunity to see Valegro and hope that his fans are able to make one of the performances.”
The world’s top competitors will be in attendance, as once again Olympia will host three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping. The FEI World Cup™ Dressage leg takes place on 13 and 14 December, the FEI World Cup™ Driving leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on 16 and 17 December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping leg presented by H&M on Sunday 18 December. The climax of the seven-day equine extravaganza will be the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 19 December.
Victoria Pendleton will star alongside Frankie Dettori in the Jump vs Flat Jockey Clash at Olympia!
With two Olympic gold medals under her belt, Victoria Pendleton is about to brave the world of Show Jumping for the first time! Victoria will compete in the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund at Olympia's Friday 16th Evening Performance.
Two teams will go head-to-head in a relay show jumping Challenge. The flat jockey team will be captained by the legendary Frankie Dettori, and the jump jockey team is to be captained by Richard 'Dickie' Johnson who is the current National Hunt Champion.
Each team will consist of 5 members. Frankie’s flat jockey team will be:
Jim Crowley who is about-to-be crowned Champion flat jockey, Hayley Turner – a now-retired professional jockey with 764 career wins under her belt, jockey Adam Kirby, plus a mystery 5th rider.
Dickie’s jump jockey team will consist of:
Former cyclist and double gold medalist, Victoria Pendleton, British National Hunt racing jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, third-generation British steeplechase jockey Tom Scudamore, and Harry Skelton who, in 2009, became the youngest winner of the Irish Grand National!
Victoria to Learn from the Very Best!
In the lead up to Olympia, Victoria will undergo specialist training from a fellow Olympian, Rio 2016’s individual show jumping gold medallist Nick Skelton! Nick will be giving up his time in the lead up to Christmas to coach Victoria, as the multi-sport queen swaps saddles for her latest challenge. Victoria’s experience in the limelight of top-level competition will no doubt help her cope in the Olympia Arena as her team takes on the flat jockeys on Friday 16th December! Make sure you are there to cheer the teams home!
The headliners for this year's Olympia, The London International Horse Show include the world-renowned equestrian artist, Santi Serra who is set to wow the 90,000 visitors with his Spanish flair and unique performance. Joining him will be the elegant Portuguese Lusitanos, often referred to as ‘The Pride of Portugal’, who will be showcasing their beautiful skills of horsemanship and harmony. In addition, the ever popular elements which make London’s premier horse show magical, such as The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale, will be back once again to delight the crowds of spectators attending this year’s Show.
Santi Serra will be making his debut at the Olympia Exhibition Halls with his beloved horses as well as his loyal four-pawed companions. Born in Spain, Santi Serra has a unique relationship with his animals, who he often refers to as ‘actors’. He communicates with them through mind and body and is able to put on a thrilling show demonstrating extraordinary choreography between horse, human and dog. Making a rare appearance in the UK this, new to Olympia, act will have the audience in awe.
Serra spoke of his delight at coming to London; “It is such a compliment to be asked to perform at Olympia. It is one of the best Shows in the world and the atmosphere is always electric. My team and I are really looking forward to entertaining the audience with our special routine”
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.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a celebration of equestrianism and we work hard to bring a variety of displays to the event each year. This year we are delighted to be bringing a new display to Olympia which, combined with the Lusitanos, will bring high levels of entertainment for the audience and will complement the world-class competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. It is very exciting to have such an impressive line-up at Olympiathis year.”
As well as the displays, audience members will be treated to the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16 December, which will feature high profile names such as the legendary Frankie Dettori and reigning National Hunt Champion, Richard Johnson in a relay jumping competition
The world’s top competitors will be in attendance, as once again Olympia will host three FEI World Cup™ Legs in Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping. The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leg supported by Horse&Hound takes place on 13 and 14 December, the FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on 16 and 17 December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg presented by H&M on 18 December. The climax of the seven-day equine extravaganza will finish with the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 19 December.
Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund is set to return to Olympia, The London International Horse Show with Frankie Dettori at the helm!
The event sees some of the UK’s top jump jockeys test their mettle against their flat counterparts in an against-the-clock showjumping competition, watch them race against time as they relay in teams to jump the course faster than the rest! This thrilling class will return by popular demand for the second time in 2016 on the evening of Friday 16th December, after making its debut at Olympia, The London International Horse Show back in 2014. Click here to book now.
OUTSTANDING LINE UP OF JOCKEYS TO COMPETE
Captaining the flat team will be Frankie Dettori, a champion on the flat, who never fails to provide top class entertainment wherever he goes. Frankie will go head-to-head with 2015-2016 National Hunt Champion Richard ‘Dickie’ Johnson, stepping out of the shadows of Sir Anthony McCoy on the track and looking to fill ‘A.P.’s’ boots at Olympia too, following the success of the jumps team back in 2014.
The captains will select their teams over the coming months, with the final line-up set to be announced early in the autumn. Always highly competitive, there is no doubt that both Frankie and Richard will be looking to field the strongest teams available, as they lay down the gauntlet for the challenge. The class is sure to be a crowd pleaser and the fans may even be treated to one of Frankie’s infamous flying dismounts.
RAISING VITAL AWARENESS FOR THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND
In addition to the entertainment value of the class, the Markel Champions Challenge is run in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, the charity which provides invaluable support for jockeys and the wider equestrian community. Markel International, the specialist insurer, is proud to return as sponsor of the special class, which is set to be one of the highlights of the evening on Friday 16th December. Click here to book now.
Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, says:
“We are delighted to see the return of The Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The 2014 event was a great success and helped raise awareness of the important work we do at the IJF in supporting injured jockeys and their families.
Olympia's sponsored charity for 2016 is the Emile Faurie Foundation. The charity reaches out to children in under privileged areas, giving them the chance to have riding lessons and enjoy contact with horses. As we all know, horses enrich the lives of everyone involved with them, helping to build self-esteem as well as responsibility and discipline, and the Foundation helps to ensure that everyone can enjoy these wonderful benefits. Look out for donation buckets around Olympia to make a contribution or visit the website.
To get tickets to this fantastic event and secure your place please book online or call 0871 230 5580.
Olympia's Shopping Village is being given a new lease of life just in time for December 2016! See below for details on what is in store for you this year!
Seek out the new boutique stores on your visit to Olympia, but don't forget those old favourites and well-known brands, just make sure to book your ticket! Take your time to soak up all there is on offer from our fashion, gifts, equestrian essentials, and even shopping for children. You could also visit our central information desk for a friendly face and details on where to eat, where to find certain products and more details on the Show itself.
FASHION AND FESTIVE GIFTS
'Tis the season to be jolly, and with this in mind, we're making sure there are gifts and fashion suitable to every taste at Olympia! From chocolate to cufflinks and socks to silver, you'll find something for everyone in the new and improved Shopping Village, including brands such as South West Ten, The Flying Fox and Sticks & Stones, plus delicious drinkable gifts, country clothing, menswear and more.
For those seeking out the essential equestrian items; brands such as Ariat, Mountain horse, Cavallo, and other top names will be represented along with plenty of new products and innovations for you and your horse. Whether you compete at the highest level or are just a happy hacker, you will find an array of products to suit your equestrian lifestyle!
SHOPPING FOR CHILDREN
With the festive season so near, Olympia provides the ideal time and place to secure those last minute gifts. You can find Hatley childrenswear, Start Smart, Forelock Books, Pony Magazine, games and more in the Shopping Village. Not forgetting all-time favourites; the Olympia rosette and Olympia toy pony from the Olympia Shop!
Tickets are now available for all performances and also for access to the Shopping Village alone. Click here to book online or call the box office on 0871 230 5580.
Tickets for this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show 13-19 December will be going on sale in late April. Audiences can expect to see the combination of world class equestrian competition, thrilling international displays and that special sprinkling of Christmas magic that Olympia always brings.
The Show will be hosting three FEI World CupsTM in dressage, show jumping and driving drawing the best of the equestrian world to London. The speedy canines of The Kennel Club Dog Agility will be returning as will firm Olympia favourites The Shetland Pony Grad National and Olympia Finale.
Particular Programme highlights include:
- Wednesday 14th Evening – FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle to Music
- Thursday 15th Evening – The Christmas Puissance
- Friday 16th Evening – The Injured Jockey’s Fund Jockey’s Challenge
- Saturday 17th Evening - FEI World CupTM Driving
- Sunday 18th Afternoon – The Longines FEI World CupTM Leg Presented by H&M, The Pony Club Mini Major
- Monday 19th Evening - The Olympia Grand Prix
Ticket prices start from £39 for adults and £27.30 for concessions with a special discounted price for the Tuesday 13th evening FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix. Tickets will be available to purchase through the website or by calling the box office on 0871 230 5580.
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