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
In its ongoing commitment to the environment, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, has once again put sustainability as a top priority for 2019. Taking place between 16-22 December, the week-long Show has reduced its use of single-use plastic again ahead of this year’s Christmas extravaganza.
Located in the heart of West London, the prestigious Olympia London has always been at the forefront of sustainability and waste management, pioneering several initiatives within the UK event industry. The London International Horse Show has, and continues to, work closely with Olympia London to create a more sustainable and environmentally aware event.
In their collaborative endeavour to fight the war on plastic, Olympia London and the Show have put several initiatives in place. In 2018, the Show eliminated 83% of its single-use plastic and packaging. Olympia London and the venue’s in-house caterers, Creative Events and Levy Restaurants have been working towards eliminating single-use plastic. Since 2018, plastic straws and cutlery have been replaced with recyclable alternatives such as paper straws and wooden and bamboo cutlery. Cardboard plates and vegware drinking glasses are now used and PET bottles of soft drinks have been replaced with aluminium cans.
All catering outlets offer discounted hot drinks to those who bring their own coffee cups, and Olympia London has gone into partnership with Simply Cups – the service was launched at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in 2018. Simply Cups provide separate bins for hot drinks cups, which are fully recycled into products, such as reusable cups. Guests will be able to find Simply Cups bins in the main catering areas of the Show.
In a drive to reduce energy consumption, all of the venue’s electricity is procured from renewable sources and all of the venue lighting in the arena and Shopping Village has been replaced with LED fittings – additionally, some of the rig’s incandescent bulbs will be replaced for the 2019 Show with environmentally – friendly LED alternatives.
Every year, more than 75 tonnes of muck, hay and straw – the equivalent weight of 200 horses – is delivered to a local farm where it is composted and used as fertiliser for crops, and this is an initiative the Show will continue in 2019.
Water stations will be available near the catering outlets on the North and South sides of the Main Arena, as well as by the Pillar Hall at the North end, and the Winter Market and APEX room on the Shopping Village Gallery Level – new stations for this year will be located by the Shop and Drop on the South Side of the Main Arena and Eighteen 86 restaurant on the North Side of the Arena.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Reducing the Show’s carbon footprint has been a significant goal for us in recent years and none more so than in 2019. As an International Show, we have a responsibility to set an example, which we are doing by continue to put new sustainability initiatives in place, and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve for many years to come.
“We encourage ticket-holders travelling from around the UK to Olympia to think about their carbon footprint by considering greener ways of travelling, specifically making the most of the excellent public transport links to the venue. We also ask guests to bring their own water bottles rather than buying plastics bottles at the Show.”
Siân Richards, Business Services & Sustainability Manager of Olympia London, said: “We are very proud of our waste management programme, which has ensured that 100% of the waste output has been diverted from landfill for well over a decade, with 98% recycled and the remaining 2% recovered as waste for energy.
"Most of the waste produced at Olympia London is sent to a local waste recycling plant, where it’s sorted and sent back into the manufacturing chain to be reused. The main exception to this is food waste, which is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant, where it’s converted into bio-fuel and fertiliser.
"Olympia London works closely with local food banks and charities around London to ensure that any useable food left over from the event is used to help those less fortunate.”
Olympia, The London International Horse Show will return once again for seven days of spectacular high-class competition. Attracting crowds and riders from around the world, the 2019 edition of the Christmas Show is sure to impress. Taking place at the iconic Olympia Grand, the expected 90,000 spectators will witness FEI World Cup™ action, which will begin on Monday 16 December, and will showcase the very best of Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving. Very much living up to its name, the International Show will also host a range of exciting performances and displays throughout the week, concluding with the greatly anticipated Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 22 December.
To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.
You can earn at least £100 in cashback for your branch if a group of 10 or more Pony Clubbers book tickets for the Show.
Pony Club members booking as a group will receive 30% off tickets* for either Wednesday 18th December (afternoon performance only), Thursday 19th December or Friday 20th December (afternoon or evening performances) and pay the group booking rate. PLUS Olympia is offering £10 per person cashback for their branch, payable after the Show.
For example, a group of ten would pay £39.90 for a 3rd price type ticket (instead of £55) plus a booking fee of £1 per ticket (instead of £2.75) and the branch would receive a £100 cheque as a cashback.
To access this offer simply contact The Pony Club to ask for the Group Offer discount code and telephone 0844 4124650 and ask for the Pony Club Group Offer. (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).
If you can’t travel as a Group
There are still offers open to Pony Club members if you cannot get a group together. You can benefit from the 30% off ticket prices for the above performances but are asked to pay the full £2.75 booking fee.
To access this offer simply contact The Pony Club to ask for the 30% discount code and book your tickets online at www.olymphorseshow.com or by telephone on 9844 995 0995
* This offer does not include the top price tickets
Olympia, The London International Horse Show has announced that the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will perform its Musical Ride at the UK’s highly anticipated Christmas Show from 16-22 December 2019.
Made up of 28 horses and 36 personnel, the Household Cavalry has been confirmed to headline this year’s impressive line-up of displays and performances. As the only mounted ceremonial service men and women who also serve as fighting soldiers, The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is unique across the globe as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British tradition. The drills, which are practised during battle, will be carried out to music and performed in a routine that is strongly focused on precise timing and impeccable coordination.
Having not performed at the West Kensington venue for four years, The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry is set to be one of the most exciting displays of the week and will attract audiences from across the country. London’s passionate equestrian fans will get to experience the mesmerising display, which has been perfected and performed in front of audiences since 1882.
Musical Ride Officer, Captain Felix Pagden-Ratcliffe, said: “The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is honoured to be returning to Olympia, The London International Horse Show, and to be able to perform in front of such a passionate crowd. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the role that the Mounted Regiment holds in modern day. As always, we have high standards to live up to and this year we hope to exceed all expectations.”
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show is the ultimate celebration of equestrianism and we work extremely hard to bring a variety of displays to the event each year. The Household Cavalry will bring huge entertainment to the London audience. It is very exciting to have such an impressive display headline the week’s performances.”
Olympia, The London International Horse Show will return to the capital for another year of world-class equestrian competition. The 2019 edition of the Show will play host to the world’s best riders and drivers from Monday 16 December – Sunday 22 December. The week’s highlights will include three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving. Audience members will also be treated to a range of international displays and performances in addition to returning favourites such as the Cayenne Puissance and The Olympia Grand Prix, the culminating competition which will take place on Sunday 22 December, signing off 2019 in style.
To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.
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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