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
17th – 23rd December 2018
17th December (Mon)
- International Displays
- The FEI Dressage World CupTM (Grand Prix) supported by Horse & Hound
18th December (Tue)
- International Displays
- The FEI Dressage World CupTM (Freestyle to Music) supported by Horse & Hound
19th December (Wed)
- International Displays
- The Pony Club Mini Major
- The Santa Stakes supported by Olympia
- The Musto Inside Edge Stakes
- The Cayenne Puissance
20th December (Thu)
- International Displays
- Dodson & Horrell Extreme Driving
- Christmas Stocking Six Bar
- The Ivy Stakes sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
21st December (Fri)
- The Voltaire Design Under-25 British Championship Final
- The FEI Driving World CupTM presented by Dodson & Horrell
- Race Night - Markel Champions Challenge
- The Longines Christmas Cracker
22nd December (Sat)
- The Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM
- The FEI Driving World CupTM presented by Dodson & Horrell
- The Voltaire Design Mince Pie Stakes
- International Displays
23rd December (Sun)
- The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship sponsored by LeMieux
- The Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix
- The Christmas Masters
- International Displays
Olympia, The London International Horse Show is honoured to announce that one of Great Britain’s most successful ever Show Jumpers, Scott Brash MBE, has decided to officially retire his leading mare Ursula XII at the annual equestrian event, which is taking place from 17-23 December 2018.
Since forming their partnership in 2012, Brash and Ursula XII have become one of Show Jumping’s most iconic pairings, having had their fair share of prime podium positions throughout their journey together. The 17-year-old Scottish Sport Horse, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, has delivered strong performances throughout the entirety of her career. In 2016, Ursula secured an historic win for Brash in the CP International at the CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters, not only making her the highest earning horse that year, but also the world’s best. The pair has gone from strength to strength, taking the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Mexico title this year.
The partnership has regularly competed at Olympia, very narrowly missing out on winning The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ at the Show in 2017, after Julien Epaillard’s jump-off denied them first place. A special retirement ceremony will take place on Sunday 23 December, after the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix, commending this special horse before she enjoys a happy retirement.
Scott Brash MBE said: “Ursula is once-in-a-lifetime horse who has given me moments in my career that I will never be able to top. I don’t think I will ever ride a horse like her again, she’s one of the smallest horses in the stables but jumps round such big courses more easily than any horse I’ve ridden. It is an honour to be giving her the retirement ceremony she deserves and celebrating her incredible career. We’re thrilled to be paying tribute to her at Olympia, the atmosphere is like no other and the Show is on home-turf, making it even more special.”
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “We’re delighted to be holding the official retirement for Ursula. She’s an incredible horse and it is a privilege to be paying respects to her career, in addition to giving ticket holders the opportunity to witness this special occasion.”
Olympia, The London International Horse Show will return from 17-23 December 2018 with an even bigger and better Olympia Shopping Village, featuring around 240 exhibitors, offering a spectacular selection of shops to suit all tastes.
Away from the first-rate equestrian action taking place at the Show, this year visitors can lose themselves in an enhanced Olympia Shopping Village. In addition to the returning favourites there will be a host of new ‘start-ups’ with novel products or innovations that have so far had little exposure to the market in the ‘Olympia Introducing’ category. Showcased within this category will be nine new businesses, including: Posh Muckerz, a company that will be launching at the Show, producing stylish, ‘all-in-one’ waterproof coveralls; and Outward Success, a sports psychology practice delivering mental performance coaching that can help riders overcome any potential mental barriers.
Men’s fashion is set to feature heavily at Olympia this year, with the likes of Claudio Lugli being represented at the event. Through its Italian heritage, use of high-quality fabrics and unique take on style, every shirt produced is like a work of art. Adding to the calibre of ‘one-off’, unique products, and making its Olympia debut, is Parkers Cufflinks, a Hampshire-based company that sells bespoke cufflinks and ladies jewellery created from recycled rifle, pistol and shotgun cartridges. It’s precisely these kinds of shops that can’t be found on the high street, making the Olympia Shopping Village the ideal venue for a spot of last-minute festive shopping.
If the winter weather here in the UK is giving you the blues, then you may be tempted to visit some of the many travel companies situated in the Olympia Shopping Village. In The Saddle, an established equestrian travel company – whose main premise is to share its passion for riding holidays – has an enormous portfolio of more than a hundred rides in over 40 different countries. With such an extensive range of trips it’s certain there’s something that appeals to every equestrian fan. However, if your preference is polo, then Olympia has you covered. Based in Sotogrande, Spain with proximity to the exclusive Santa Maria Polo Club and Ayala Polo Club, Polo Valley can provide you with the trip of a lifetime, regardless of your ability. Extending the selection of lifestyle products and adding to the variety of interior design on offer will be the likes of Blackbrook Interiors, making its first appearance at Olympia, bringing fun and quirky furnishings.
A notable feature of the Olympia Shopping Village for the 2018 season, will be the Tim Stockdale Foundation, only recently set-up in memory of the late Tim Stockdale, one of the longest-serving Committee Members of the Show, who sadly passed away in November 2018. A selection of books and t-shirts will be available for purchase, with funds going towards the Foundation, which raises money for selected charities in Tim’s name, a highly worthwhile cause.
Returning after its successful launch in 2017, the Olympia Live Zone is an interactive space featuring rider signings, famous faces and informative talks that are not to be missed. In between watching the world’s elite riders compete, spectators can enjoy talks from the likes of British “super-groom” and winner of the FEI Groom of the Year Award 2017, Alan Davies, groom to Charlotte Dujardin CBE, who will be competing at the Show in the FEI Dressage World Cup™ supported by Horse & Hound.
A name to look out for on Friday 21 December is broadcaster, Clare Balding OBE, who will be making an appearance ahead of presenting the Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund later that evening. An ever-popular figure within the equestrian community, Balding will undoubtedly have countless fascinating anecdotes to share. Closing Wednesday’s Olympia Live Zone timetable will be Britain’s leading lady rider, Laura Renwick, who will be giving her guide to the Cayenne Puissance, in what will be an extremely revealing half an hour, ahead of the famous event taking place that evening. A link to the full Live Zone programme can be found here.
Tickets for Olympia, The London International Horse Show are still available, with an Olympia Shopping Village only ticket also available for purchase. For more information about exhibitors, and how to purchase tickets visit www.olympiahorseshow.com
From 17-23 December the world’s leading equestrian stars will compete at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, including 5 of the world’s top 10 Show Jumpers, some of Dressage’s biggest names and 6 of the world’s top 10 Drivers.
Spectators will be treated to first class Show Jumping, featuring the current world number two-ranked Show Jumper, Steve Guerdat, and Show Jumping legend and world number four, Marcus Ehning. The London 2012 individual gold medallist will be aiming to emulate his 2016 Olympia success, when he won the Longines Christmas Cracker. Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann, who is currently ranked third in the world, will compete at Olympia on the back of winning team silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) in September.
Following the success of team gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ for the USA, Laura Kraut will be representing the American contingency. Hoping to rival Kraut and replicate his Olympia 2016 success is Lorenzo de Luca, who brought the crowd to their feet after an audacious winning round in the Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes.
Flying the flag for Great Britain will be a host of riders eager to delight the home crowd, including Britain’s leading lady rider and winner of the 2017 Cayenne Puissance, Laura Renwick, and legendary equestrian, Scott Brash MBE. Brash, who won team gold at London 2012 and claimed the Olympia leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in 2016, will have his sights firmly set on victory this year after Frenchman, Julien Epaillard, pipped him to take the spoils in 2017.
Adding further scope to the British line-up is Brash’s London 2012 teammate, Ben Maher MBE, who triumphed in the Olympia Grand Prix in 2014 and was denied a memorable victory in the Olympia leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in 2016 when Brash beat him into second place. Elsewhere it will be a ‘family affair’ for the Whitakers, as John Whitaker MBE gears up to take on son Robert and nephew William.
Great Britain will feature heavily in the FEI Dressage World Cup™ supported by Horse & Hound, with big-name riders confirmed to compete, including triple Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin CBE. Dujardin will be riding Hawtins Delicato, a 10-year old gelding who in September successfully competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games™, returning to the UK with a team bronze medal. Joining Dujardin at Olympia will be fellow Brit, Hayley Watson Greaves aboard Rubins Nite, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the Show and bringing a wealth of experience and success that will no-doubt give Dujardin a run for her money.
British Dressage riders will face stiff competition in the form of Edward Gal, who, in 2010, partnered his formidable stallion Totilas to win all three available gold medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, USA. Gal, who won the 2017 edition of Olympia’s FEI Dressage World Cup™ (Grand Prix) supported by Horse & Hound, will be joined by compatriot Hans Peter Minderhoud, who took victory in the Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016.
Bringing ferocious speed to Olympia’s Grand Hall in the FEI Driving World Cup™ presented by Dodson and Horrell, will be the world’s leading Carriage Drivers, all hoping to replicate 2017’s thrilling final. After narrowly missing out on a win at last year’s Show, Boyd Exell will return this December as focused as ever in a bid to clinch victory. The current world number one-ranked Driver, who in September added a WEG individual gold medal to his long list of achievements, will take on Koos De Ronde, a regular contender at the Show. Great Britain’s Dan Naprous will add further class to the competition, bringing his trademark tight turns and supreme pace in his bid to challenge the likes of Belgium’s world number four Driver, Glenn Geerts.
Going Green at Olympia Horse Show
As organisers of Olympia Horse Show we are working to make the World’s best equestrian Christmas party as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. To achieve this we have been in discussions with the Olympia Venue, the local council, and all of our catering companies and many more.
Read on to find out how Olympia Horse Show is going green.
Food and Drink:
- Nearly all of our catering outlets offer a discount on hot drinks if you bring your own re-useable cup, cutting down on hot cups.
- We are discouraging single use plastics. Bring your own water-bottle and fill up from three hydration stations, around the halls, free of charge.
- Plastic straws are banned
- Many of the catering outlets only use sustainable veg-ware packaging and wooden cutlery
Recycling and Waste:
- 100% of waste output from Olympia is diverted from landfill
- 98% of waste is recycled at a local waste management plant
- 2% is recovered as waste for energy
- Food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into bio-fuel and fertiliser
- This year we are using 100% recyclable board for all of our signage
- Olympia Horse Show produces 75 tonnes of manure which is equivalent to the weight of 148 pillar boxes. All of this is sent to a farm in Windsor where it is composted and used for fertiliser.
- All of the venue’s energy is procured from renewable sources. The power used at Olympia in 2017 could power the London Eye for 1,693,744 rotations – so you could go on the London Eye 63 times!
What can you do:
- Bring your own water-bottle and refill at the filling stations. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but also free!
- Bring your own re-useable cup for hot drinks to cut down on non-recyclable coffee cups.
- Use public transport to travel to the Show wherever possible. Check out our Travel pages for information on how to get to the venue.
Let us know what you are doing this year to be more environmentally friendly. The best environmentally friendly action will win four tickets and warm up arena passes to their choice of performance for Olympia 2019. The actions will judged by our panel which includes the Olympia Halls Director, A1 Exhibition Cleaners, GH Haselhurst & our very own Operations Manager. To enter check out our Facebook page.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show may be viewed online and on TV. The day-by-day coverage listing is as follows:
Tuesday 18 December
FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle to Music supported by Horse & Hound
19:20-22:15 – LIVE on the BBC Red Button, BBC Online & connected TV, and FEI TV
Wednesday 19 December
The Cayenne Puissance
21:15-22:15 – LIVE on the BBC Red Button, BBC Online & connected TV
Friday 21 December
FEI Driving World Cup™ presented By Dobson & Horrell
12:45-13:40 – FEI Facebook Live & FEI YouTube
The Entire Evening Performance featuring The Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and The Longines Christmas Cracker
18:45-22:30 – LIVE on the BBC Red Button, BBC Online & connected TV
Saturday 22 December
FEI World Cup™ Show Jumping
13:15-16:30 – LIVE on BBC Two HD, BBC Online & connected TV
14.30-16.30 – LIVE on FEI TV
18.40-19.25 – LIVE on FEI TV
Sunday 23 December
The Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix
18:00-20:00 – LIVE on the BBC Red Button, BBC Online & connected TV, FEI Facebook & FEI YouTube
Monday 24 December
10:00-11:00 – BBC Two HD, BBC Online & connected TV
Horse & Country
Horse & Country TV will feature Olympia highlights including the FEI World Cup™ Dressage, Driving and Show Jumping competitions, along with the Cayenne Puissance, the Longines Christmas Cracker and the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix.
Horse & Country TV is available on Sky Channel 253, H&C Play, and Amazon Video. For more information, visit their website.
Taking place from 17-23 December 2018, Olympia, The London International Horse Show is set to welcome the next generation of British Show Jumping talent, who will compete in front of the 90,000 visitors expected to attend. These leading junior equestrians will feature in three classes; a 128cm class, The Voltaire Design 148cm class and The Voltaire Design Under-25 British Championship.
The 128cm class has the makings of being a tightly fought contest and will see the three top-placed riders from the 128cm class at British Show Jumping National Championships 2018 go head-to-head once again. The eventual National 128cm champion, Tabitha Kyle, will compete at Olympia alongside Noora Von Bulow and Poppy Deakin, who finished in second and third place respectively.
Meanwhile, in The Voltaire Design 148cm class, Hannah Barker is representing the third generation of successful riders in her family. Her uncle, Paul Barker, won three international and two national grand prix classes, while her grandfather, David Barker, was a member of Great Britain’s Nations Cup Team in the 1960s and represented his country at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.
The 148cm class will also feature several members of the team that won gold at the European Pony Championship earlier this year, who will now be competing against each other. Perdita Digby, Nicole Lockhead Anderson, Shaunie Greig and Claudia Moore will all have to put friendships to one side, as they contest for the title in what will undoubtedly be a competitive yet good-natured affair.
Entries for the Mistletoe Mini Stakes 128cm class:
Madelaine Archibald - My Little Sweetheart
Poppy Deakin - Munsboro Plunkett
Emily Fisher - Headmore Little Lightning
Fergal Holohan - Harri Potter
Tabitha Kyle - Borderhill William
Connie Mensley - Madonna
Izabella Rogers - Whinney Lass
Tia Squibb - Gorm and Ban
Charlie Tucker - Maybrock Aristocrat
Noora Von Bülow - Sparkel
Sophie Wicks - Camizion
Entries for the Voltaire Design 148cm Class:
Hannah Barker - Ammanvalley Santino
Perdi Digby - Kayleigh's Star
Lily Freeman-Attwood - Valmy de Treille
Shaunie Greig - Casino Royale VIII
Madison Heath - Flavia
Tahnia Jordan-Jones - Jumper
Nicole Lockhead Anderson - Gangnam Style II
Anoushka Mauree - Miami Moonbeam
Claudia Moore - Elando Van De Roshoeve
Jake Myers - Razorlite II
Rachel Proudley - Family Affaer II
Holly Truelove - Rexter D'Or
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