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.