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.