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 2018 Displays
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.
Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National
The Osborne Refrigerators 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.
All the way from Azerbaijan comes a daring display, where fast-paced acrobatics and traditional culture come together in a dynamic performance that showcases the unique abilities of Azerbaijan’s native Karabakh horse. The ‘Land of Fire display will not only incorporate action-packed riding but will also include an exhilarating, Cossack style element demonstrating the exceptional bond between horse and rider.
In addition to this, La Garde Républicaine, one of the most talked about branches of the French Gendarmerie, will perform their renowned ‘Reprise des Douzes’, meaning ‘the resumption of twelve’, a spectacular ensemble of twelve proud chestnut horses to music. Choreographed to reflect the origins of French equestrianism and the way in which horses were ridden in battle, the combination of balletic Dressage movements, speed and precision, makes for one of the most technically difficult pieces of group riding.
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 which takes place on the Saturday afternoon. The Cayanne Puissance on Wednesday evening is great fun as the horses jump higher and higher and the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix is also very important.
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell 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 by 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!