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.
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Timetable of Events
16th – 22nd December 2019
20th December (Fri)
- The Under-25 British Championship Final
- The FEI Driving World CupTM
- Markel Champions Challenge
- The Christmas Cracker
21st December (Sat)
- The FEI Jumping World CupTM
- The FEI Driving World CupTM
- The Mince Pie Stakes
22nd December (Sun)
- The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship
- The Olympia Grand Prix
- The Christmas Holly Stakes
Olympia, The London International Horse Show has today proudly announced that The Tim Stockdale Foundation has been chosen as its official charity for the 2019 edition of the event, which will be held from 16-22 December 2019.
The Tim Stockdale Foundation, which was founded by his family after his death from cancer last year, aims to continue the legacy of the Show Jumping star’s remarkable life.
Led by his wife, Laura, and two sons, Joseph and Mark, the Foundation focuses on increasing greater participation in sports, such as equestrianism, golf and cricket, with a strong emphasis on unearthing young talent. Tim loved these sports and the Foundation is dedicated to giving financial help to young sports men and women to access coaching, kit and equipment, so that future generations can achieve their goals.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show is proud to partner the Foundation and recognises Tim as an extraordinary role model for riders of all ages and levels. Tim represented Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, finishing fourth in the team event. He rode over 50 times for Team GB in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ and competed in the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games™ and the 2009 FEI European Championships™. Fondly recalled by his wife and boys, Tim’s motto was “there’s no such word as can’t” and the Foundation brings his motto to life by inspiring younger generations of sports stars.
Tim’s wife, Laura Stockdale, said: “Olympia was always one of the highlights of the Show Jumping calendar for Tim. He loved the Show, not only for its high equestrian standards, but also for its festivity and wonderful supporters. Tim would be extremely proud to know that his memorial Foundation has been selected as Olympia’s chosen charity.
We are very grateful and honoured that, through the legacy of Tim’s Foundation supporting young people in sport, he continues to be part of Olympia.”
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “During his lifetime, Tim had a very close relationship with Olympia – he cared deeply not only about the success of the Show, but also about the sport in its entirety. The aim of the Tim Stockdale Foundation – to increase youth participation in sport – is a sentiment, which Olympia wholeheartedly shares and it is important to the organising committee that his name continues to be associated with the Show.”
The highly anticipated 2019 edition of Olympia, The London International Horse Show returns to West Kensington for another seven days of equestrian action in the build-up to Christmas. As the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cups in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving, the International Show lives up to its name by attracting many of the world’s best riders and drivers from around the globe. Each day will also host a range of exciting performances and displays, culminating in the Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 22 December.
To find out how to donate to the Tim Stockdale Foundation or to purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.
Tickets for the annual equestrian extravaganza, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, which takes place from Monday 16-Sunday 22 December 2019, are set to go on sale in the last week of April. Priority bookers – those who attended the 2018 Show – will be able to purchase their tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Tuesday 23 April, with general sale to follow on Wednesday 24 April.
2018’s edition of the Show welcomed over 90,000 spectators across six days of world-class equestrian action. As a result, it’s recommended that prospective buyers act quickly to avoid missing out on attending the greatest equestrian Christmas party, with tickets expected to be highly sought-after once again this year.
Taking place in Olympia’s prestigious Grand Hall, the UK’s largest indoor Show hosts three FEI World Cup™ events, notably Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, which bring with them exceptional elite competition and talent. The FEI World Cup™ action begins on Monday 16 December with the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound, followed by the Freestyle to Music on Tuesday 17 December. The FEI Driving World Cup™ begins on Friday 20 December and will be followed by the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ , which will see the most prominent names in Show Jumping compete on Saturday 21 December. Last year, British rider William Whitaker took the spoils in the blue riband event, riding 15-year-old stallion, Utamaro d’Ecaussines, to an emotional victory.
Adding to the elite level of competition, Olympia will host several other top international Show Jumping events over the course of the week, culminating in The Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 22 December which always proves to be a highlight. In 2018, Italian rider Alberto Zorzi defended his title claiming back-to-back wins. Once again, Olympia will stage the perennially in-demand Cayenne Puissance on Wednesday 18 December. 2018’s title was shared by Great Britain’s Guy Williams and France’s Mathieu Billot after the pair cleared the infamous wall, which stood a staggering 7ft 4in high.
The much-loved ‘Race Night’ returns to Olympia’s programme for the fifth consecutive year on Friday 20 December. The fast-paced horse racing-themed evening will generate a lively party atmosphere for all those in attendance, particularly as the notorious Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will again be part of the evening’s proceedings. Last year’s Challenge incorporated a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ theme, with the two teams captained by none other than 20-time champion jump jockey, Sir Anthony “AP” McCoy, and Britain’s leading female jockey, Bridget Andrews. Both captains selected a same-sex team and switched their disciplines for one night only to compete in a relay Show Jumping competition, presented by Clare Balding, which was narrowly clinched by ‘McCoy’s Boys’ in a nail-bitingly close contest.
Guaranteed to get spectators out of their seats and cheering will be The Shetland Pony Grand National. The competition – which pits a talented line-up of young jockeys and their Shetland ponies against each other in a fun-filled event – has seen an astounding racecard of talent in the past, including Olive Nicholls, daughter of 10-time British National Hunt Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls. Joining the crowd-pleasing entertainment will be a Show classic, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, in which some of the country’s most skilled and energetic canine competitors will battle it out against the clock for victory.
Show Director Simon Brooks-Ward said: “Last year’s Olympia experienced some magical moments – from displays and performances to some of the most impressive competition to have taken place in the Grand Hall. We are already looking forward to this year’s Show, we’ll be announcing the international displays over the course of the summer and we aim, as always, to make each performance a true spectacle, so watch this space.”
The international displays at Olympia are a highlight of each performance. 2018 welcomed Azerbaijan ‘Land of Fire’, a Cossack-style act featuring fast-paced movements and artistry between the horse and rider combinations, and The Devil’s Horsemen, a collective of equestrian stuntmen with Hollywood film and television experience, having featured in productions, such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Les Misérables.
On top of the sensational equestrian action, 2019 will welcome the return of Olympia’s renowned Shopping Village, which, through its wonderful mix of unique stalls, provides the perfect setting to do a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping.
More information about Olympia, The London International Horse Show, including how to buy tickets, can be found here, in addition to performance announcements, and a detailed Show schedule in due course.
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