These are the details about the performances from Olympia 2017. Information about the performances and displays for Olympia 2018 will be announced in Spring 2018.
Afternoon performance tickets include access to the morning sessions (where applicable) and the afternoon performance on that day, evening tickets entitle you to attend the evening performance only.
Olympia Horse Show 2017 Displays
The Chilean Huasos – For the first time ever at Olympia, Chilean Cowboys, known as Huasos, travelled all the way from South America to demonstrate their unique abilities. Bred for the harsh conditions of the Chilean mountains and deserts, the horses are strong and speedy with a close bond with their riders. The Chilean Huasos and their horses showed off skills which have been honed over generations of working cattle on rugged terrain. These incredible riders performed their extraordinary, unique display in every Olympia performance.
The Metropolitan Police Activity Ride – The amazing Metropolitan Police were back at Olympia this year with their iconic and daredevil Activity Ride. Horses jumped through a solid paper wall, fire, and many more edge-of-the-seat moments as the horses boldly illustrated their nerves of steel, in perfect formation.
The Kennel Club Dog Agility
One of Olympia’s most loved parts of the Show is the Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. These take place at each of the performances with different types of classes for each one. For instance you may see the ABC Class (that’s Anything But a Collie) or you may see the small dog pairs relay. Whatever you see, you are in for a great deal of fun, as these wonderful animals race around, over and through the obstacles, wearing their owners out and going hell for leather to be the one with the winning time.
Shetland Pony Grand National
The Shetland Pony Grand National holds all the excitement of the horse race on a miniature scale! Shetland Ponies and their riders race around the arena at a fast and furious pace – it really is one of the highlights of Olympia. If you are interested in getting involved please visit the Shetland Pony Grand National website.
Dressage focuses on the development of the physique of the horse and the harmony between rider and horse. High quality is revealed by freedom and regularity of the paces, lightness and ease of the movements. The horse gives the impression of doing the movements on his own accord because of the small and invisible aids of the rider. In all competitions, the horse has to show three paces: walk, trot and canter, as well as transitions between the paces and transitions within the paces (collection – extension – collection).
At Olympia there are two tests, the Grand Prix and the Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Freestyle to Music, the rider can choose the music, the choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. In the Freestyle test, the technical skill and the artistic performance are evaluated. On the artistic part, one of the most important things is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music.
The most important Show Jumping event at Olympia is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Leg. The Christmas Puissance is great fun as the horses jump higher and higher and the Olympia Grand Prix is also very important.
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving are without doubt the most thrilling face of competitive carriage driving and nowhere is this more keenly apparent than at Olympia. It has the audience gripping their seats dazzled by the skill of fearless drivers who manoeuvre four galloping horses round a technical course at seemingly impossible speeds. FEI World CupTM Driving is only open to the top ten ranked drivers in the world, taken from results in the preceding summer outdoor season. Most drivers will have a different team of horses for the winter season; for the outdoor events, horses have to perform an exacting dressage test as the first phase of the competition and a long, cross-country, technical cones course as the final one.
Christmas Finale supported The Hilton London Olympia
Every year our Olympia finale is especially created for you children in the audience.. that is.. you, children of all ages! The finale always includes a bit of singing, a bit of dancing, a very special guest, and a lot of fun!