We might all be gearing up to get ready for Christmas, but before the year comes to an end there are still some magical adventures to be had in the equestrian world! The Olympia Horse Show will be taking place between the 16th and the 22nd of December, and promises to be as spectacular as ever. Originally set up in 1907, to rival shows in New York, Paris and Brussels, the Olympia Horse Show has gone from strength to strength ever since! Find out all about this year’s event with our guide to the show!
FEI World Cup events
The Olympia Horse Show wouldn’t be the same without the competitions that run throughout the week. These include not only various Christmas-themed events, but also FEI World Cup displays in carriage driving, dressage and show jumping. Taking place throughout the duration of the show, they’ll be sure to add a competitive edge to the many scheduled events!
Jean-François Pignon is no stranger to the Olympia Horse Show, but this year is special as he’ll be premiering his new ‘Black and White’ display! Pignon has been wowing audiences for over 30 years after starting to train horses at just eleven years old. Billed as a real-life horse whisperer, he aims to communicate with horses on another level, through natural communication.
The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
Performing to audiences since 1892, The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment shows off the best of British equestrian tradition. Comprising 28 horses and 36 people, they’re the only mounted ceremonial service men and women who are all in active service as soldiers. All the drills that feature in the display are ones that have been performed during battle, but in this case they will be taking place to music, not conflict!
Shop ‘till you drop!
It’s Christmas, so why not get in the festive mood by finding gifts for your loved ones at the Olympia Horse Show Shopping Village? With over 250 shops, it could be the perfect place to find inspiration for presents, especially for any friends and family who love all things equestrian. Many well-known brands will be there, as well as interesting ‘not on the high street’ shops, allowing for plenty to choose from!
If you can’t make the show
Sadly, not everyone will be able to get down to London for the Olympia Horse Show. But the good news is you can watch much of the action from the comfort of your own home! The BBC will be showing a selection of classes, while FEI TV, a pay to view service, will be screening the FEI World Cup classes. You’ll also be able to view highlights on Horse & Country TV from January!
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