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Olympia Organsiers announced today that the Chilean Huasos will be making their debut in the Olympia Grand Hall as one of the spectacular display acts lined-up for the UK’s largest indoor show, running from 12 – 18 December 2017.
After performing for Her Majesty The Queen at the BAFTA award-winning HMQ90 in 2016, the Chilean Huasos will once again be making the journey across the Atlantic, this time to central London, where they are due to captivate Olympia’s expected 90,000 spectators throughout the week. The phenomenal display portrays the harmony between horse and rider, and reflects the historical skills of Chilean cowboys, or ‘Huasos’, and cattle horses.
The Chilean horses, adapted to the mountainous terrain and fluctuations in climate, demonstrate supreme strength, and adept agility through energetic movement. The performance reveals the confidence grown through the dependency of horse and rider - a tribute to the breed that willingly gives all and represents the backbone of the Chilean way of life.
Director Palmas de Peñaflor Equestrian Squad, Alfredo Moreno said: “We are thrilled to have been asked to perform at Olympia, it is a great opportunity for us to be able to showcase the Chilean Huasos. The team and I are really looking forward to entertaining the crowd at this year’s event.”
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “We are delighted to welcome the Chilean Huasos for the first time to Olympia. The Show is a great opportunity for equestrian cultures and traditions from around the world to be showcased and celebrated, and the Huasos will be adding exceptional entertainment this year.”
In addition to a second display act, to be announced, spectators can also expect the return of crowd favourites such as The Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility plus the Olympia Christmas Finale mixed with top class sporting action including three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Carriage Driving and Dressage .
Moreover, attendees on Friday evening will be treated to the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The much-loved Show Jumping challenge will be fronted by racing legends, ‘AP’ McCoy and Frankie Dettori, who will face each other as opposing team captains for the feature event of ‘Race Night’, an evening of racing themed entertainment on Friday 15 December.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show is delighted to announce Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony as the event’s Official Charity for 2017.
Founded by the late Hannah Francis, a successful young event rider, when diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, the charity aims to support vital research into osteosarcoma, together with granting Willberry’s Wishes to seriously ill people with the aim of enriching their lives through equestrian experiences. Hannah was so touched by the generosity of many in the equestrian world who allowed her to do likewise and was determined to be able to do the same for others.
Supporting Hannah’s legacy, the charity has continued to grow and capture the hearts of the equestrian community, raising £750,000 in public donations within a year of becoming an official charity.
The charity has received an extraordinary amount of support from the equestrian world, particularly the Dressage and Eventing community, including Olympic Dressage star and charity patron, Carl Hester, and International Eventer, Ben Hobday. Hobday completed the cross-country phase of Badminton Horse Trials in 2016 accompanied by the charity mascot, Willberry. Kitty King is the charity’s third patron and has been immensely supportive.
Organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show, are proud to be supporting such a fantastic charity that is cherished by so many riders, and equestrian fans alike. The partnership will help raise the profile to a greater audience, and reach the hearts of many more.
Show producer, Simon Brookes-Ward said:
“Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony is a great charity that has drawn together so many through a common interest. We hope that the partnership can benefit this cause greatly, not only through increased awareness, but also in terms of fundraising and granting Willberry’s Wishes.”
Charity trustee, Miles Toulson-Clarke, said:
“Working with Olympia is an important opportunity for us to be able to connect with the wider equestrian audience, extending to the Show Jumping world. Hannah would be simply amazed to see the prominence her charity has achieved and this partnership will enable us to continue growing in order to support those like Hannah, and to further the support of vital research.”
The UK’s largest indoor equestrian event will be back in action on the 12 – 18 December 2017. Expect outstanding displays and world-class competition, including two of the world’s greatest jockeys, Sir Anthony ‘AP’ McCoy and Frankie Dettori, going head-to-head in an unmissable battle.
After the thrill of the 2016 Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, organisers are elated to announce its return to the iconic venue as part of the Friday night ‘Race Night’ at Olympia.
The Markel Champions Challenge will see some of Britain’s best ever jockeys switch disciplines to compete in a relay Show Jumping competition, swapping the racetrack for the Olympia arena for an evening of crowd-enthusing entertainment.
The ultimate equestrian showdown will see ‘AP’ McCoy, 20-time Champion jockey and legend of the Jump Racing world, step out of retirement to rival the world’s most famous Flat jockey Frankie Dettori. In a bid to execute their best performance, both jockeys and their subsequent team members will have specialist coaching from top International Show Jumpers as they strive to cruise around the course of challenging Show Jumps.
Sir Anthony McCoy says:
“Last year, I watched from the side lines as my fellow jump jockeys got thrashed by Dettori’s boys. So this year I shall be picking my own team and shall be looking to the greats of the past to help me do this! Whilst we’ll be ultra-competitive, it’s all for such a great cause in the Injured Jockeys Fund.”
The final line-up will be announced in due course as McCoy and Dettori select their teams. As two of the most successful Jockeys in history, there is no doubt they will be seeking to field the most competent team members.
Juliet Redfern, Managing Director of Markel’s equine and livestock team says:
“Markel are so pleased to continue its involvement with the Markel Champions Challenge. As a child I remember watching similar classes so having the opportunity to be involved in resurrecting this concept and bringing it to the public on the Olympia stage was really exciting. Over the past three years the success and support we’ve seen just keeps growing and really helps to raise awareness of the fantastic work that the Injured Jockeys Fund does.”
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund says:
“This will be the third year of the Markel Champions Challenge at Olympia, and the jockeys love it as much as the audience. It also serves to highlight the important work the Injured Jockeys Fund does in racing and across the wider equestrian world.”
‘Race Night’ at Olympia will host an entire evening of racing themed excitement featuring top jockeys from the racing world. Spectators can also expect to see appearances from racing legend Bob Champion whose charity, The Bob Champion Cancer Trust, is supported by The Shetland Pony Grand National which will also be in action, bringing racing stars of the future to compete in the fast-flying competition.
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