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
Classic country clothing and lifestyle pieces have experienced a huge revival in recent years, and the Shopping Village at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, reflects this growing trend, offering over 250 shops showcasing the latest in classic fashion, interior pieces and equestrian sporting innovation.
The Show is the place to find luxury goods for both home and wardrobe. From footwear by bootmakers Joshua Jones and Fairfax & Favor, fine jewellery from Delanns Jewels, accessories by MacKenzie & George, beautiful, classic tailoring combined with practical designs from Welligogs and quality sporting wear from Musto, there is plenty of choice for every taste. For the home, visitors can peruse Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horses, Phillip Sharpe Antique Maps and fine art from Collier and Dobson.
The hotly anticipated equestrian range by British brand Holland Cooper combines ultra-luxurious pieces with technical designs.These will be available alongside Holland Cooper’s Après and Casual collection which comprises of padded coats, jackets and hoodies, along with a range of classic accessories.
With so many top-level riders attending the show, cutting-edge equestrian equipment is in good supply. Equestrian ‘must-sees’ Townfields Saddlery, Ayr Equestrian and Wychanger Barton supply a huge range of products for the horse and rider. Innovative French brand and 2019 Sponsor, Voltaire Design, who specialize in custom-made saddles incorporating shock-absorption technology, will also be on display. LeMieux, the hugely popular brand for saddle pads, protective boots and colour coordinating rider wear and accessories, will be showing their latest collections on an expanded stand.
The 2019 Official Show Charity, The Tim Stockdale Foundation, will also be a focus point of the Shopping Village. Led by Tim’s wife, Laura, and two sons, Joseph and Mark, the Foundation focuses on increasing greater participation in sports, with a strong emphasis on unearthing young talent. All proceeds from purchases made on the Foundation’s stand will go towards supporting their work.
Olympia Show Director, Simon-Brooks Ward, said: “The shopping is a key part of the Show, and each year we do our best to bring our visitors an excellent range of products, both for equestrian enthusiasts and those looking to do some Christmas shopping. We hope this year will give all attendees a memorable and unique shopping experience.”
Founder & Managing Director of Holland Cooper, Jade Holland Cooper said: “We are very much looking forward to returning to Olympia this Christmas with our brand-new equestrian range, made specifically for both horse & rider. Holland Cooper Equestrian provides contemporary garments that celebrate the various disciplines within the sport and I’m proud to say that this new collection has not only been performance tested, but meticulously designed to flatter the female shape. We’re excited to showcase the new range and be a part of such a magical shopping experience that Olympia offers.”
Olympia’s Winter Market is the perfect place to refuel, with a specially designed area featuring a unique café and bar and housing a hand-picked selection of food and drink outlets. The Olympia Live Zone will provide an opportunity for visitors to meet and greet famous riders, officials and well-known horse personalities.
The Show provides seven days of spectacular high-class competition. Attracting crowds and riders from around the world and taking place in the iconic Olympia Grand. FEI World Cup™ action, which begins on Monday 16 December, will present the very best of Dressage, Carriage Driving and Show Jumping. Truly an international Show, Olympia will also host a range of exciting performances and displays from around the world concluding with the greatly anticipated Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 22 December.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show, together with its 2019 Official Charity, The Tim Stockdale Foundation, debuted the ‘Olympia Riding Academy’ on 10 September, aiming to introduce economically disadvantaged children to the range of career prospects within the equestrian industry. Working closely with The Urban Equestrian Academy, the initiative provides an opportunity for children to meet professionals who work in the sector and receive advice and inspiration on their future careers.
Eight children from The Urban Equestrian Academy, aged from 8 – 19 attended the day, the highlight being a riding lesson from rising show jumping star Joseph Stockdale, son of Olympic rider Tim Stockdale who passed away last year. Students were given the opportunity to spend time with a nutritionist from feed company Spillers and farrier Nigel Turner, as well as the staff who run the Stockdale’s yard of 23 international horses. During the day, attendees were able to ask questions about career paths and gain a further understanding of what each job entails. Also present were employees of HPower Group, the event management company that manages Olympia, The London International Horse Show, and rEvolution, an international sports PR and Marketing agency.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show, together with 2019 Official Charity, The Tim Stockdale Foundation, hopes the ‘Olympia Riding Academy’ will create a platform which will provide opportunities to all children and young people interested in equestrianism. In December, the ‘Olympia Riding Academy’ attendees’ pupils will attend the Show, where representatives will have the opportunity to help with the Show’s Live Zone and learn more about how the event is run.
Olympia Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “Our goal is to widen equestrian accessibility and participation, bringing it to individuals and communities who have least access to it. By creating a platform where these children can learn about careers within the industry, we hope to create opportunities and open doors that haven’t been available in the past.
“Working alongside The Tim Stockdale Foundation and The Urban Equestrian Academy - who both share the same vision of making equestrian accessible to everyone - has been incredibly inspiring.”
The Tim Stockdale Foundation, which was founded by his family after his death from cancer last year, works to continue the legacy of the show jumping star’s life and career. Olympia was a highlight of the calendar for Tim and the Show is proud to have the Foundation as their official charity for 2019.
Tim’s wife, Laura said: “We are honored to work with Olympia and The Urban Equestrian Academy to host such a special day for aspiring young riders struggling with accessibility. Tim felt very strongly about making equestrianism, alongside other sports, available to everyone. The work of the Foundation will continue to provide opportunities to those in real need of them.”
The Urban Equestrian Academy’s mandate focuses on widening participation of those with the least experience in the equestrian world and the individuals and communities with the least access to it. Their programs and services are helping to change social and racial diversity in equestrian sports by creating a representative, accessible and inclusive equestrian environment for all, regardless of race, colour or background.
According to Azeezah Zampaladus, a UEA student, “I had such a great day at the Olympia Riding Academy. It was really inspiring watching Joe ride, and I really enjoyed meeting the farrier and nutritionists – they were so interesting. I can’t wait to go to Olympia this Christmas!”
Taking place at Olympia Grand this December, Olympia, The London International Horse Show will once again attract the world’s best riders and carriage drivers. The West Kensington venue will host seven days of top-class equestrian competition between 16 – 22 December, charming visitors from around the country. Alongside three FEI World CupTM classes in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving, 90,000 spectators will also enjoy international performances from The Household Calvary Musical Ride and Jean-Francois Pignon’s new ‘Black and White’ display.
Organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show are delighted to announce Jean-François Pignon will perform his new ‘Black and White’ display for the first time in the UK at this year’s event. Adding to an already impressive line-up of displays, Pignon’s performance, which comprises eight white and six black mares, is bound to be a crowd pleaser, as he wows the crowds with his unique skills.
The renowned Frenchman, who has been performing internationally for over 30 years, has been training horses since he was 11-years-old with his goal being to communicate with his horses on another level, by working with them in a natural way. He now educates people all over the world by demonstrating his methods.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “We feel incredibly privileged that Jean-François Pignon has chosen Olympia, The London International to perform his ‘Black and White’ display in the UK for the first time. He is an extraordinarily talented horseman, and I know fans will be travelling from around the country to see this display.
“The bond between Pignon and his horses is exceptional, and his performances always delight our audiences. It’s incredible to see the trust these horses have in Jean-François and how relaxed they are in front of such a large crowd.”
Jean-François Pignon, said: “The idea for the display originally came from my vet, who asked me to work with these young mares who had never been handled by humans before. One year down the line and the idea is in full development and it is such a pleasure to be able to share this magic with an audience.
The atmosphere at Olympia is incredibly special and the London audience is always so engaging. I am looking forward to giving a magical performance to all those traveling to London to see ‘Black and White’ for the first time.”
Also gracing the Olympia Grand will be the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, performing its Musical Ride at this year’s Show. Made up of 28 horses and 36 mounted ceremonial service members – who also serve as fighting soldiers – the Musical Ride is unique across the globe, as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British military tradition. Having not appeared at the West Kensington venue for many years, the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is set to be one of the most exciting displays of the week.
Living up to its reputation as one of Europe’s leading indoor equestrian events, Olympia, The London International Horse Show will once again host the world’s top competitors in three FEI World Cup™ disciplines; Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping. The expected 90,000 visitors will experience top quality competition and displays this Christmas, such as the much-loved Christmas Finale, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix.
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.
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