At the heart of the venue, in the British Equestrian Trade Association Arena, highly anticipated performances included that of Olympic dressage superstar Charlotte Dujardin OBE, who shared her secrets to training young horses. In what was her debut solo performance at Your Horse Live, Charlotte delivered confident demonstrations while riding exciting prospects Barolo and MSJ Freestyle, and teaching her Grand Prix student Alice Oppenheimer.
In addition, and in his first public appearance since being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in June, event rider Ben Hobday certainly did not disappoint. During each of his entrances there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and with his demonstration partner, 2010 Badminton winner Paul Tapner – he consistently wowed the crowds.
Visitors were able to meet their idols post-performance on the popular Your Horse Celebrity Signings Stand. Ben Hobday said: “It’s been amazing being back in the saddle and great to be part of the atmosphere here at Your Horse Live. Meeting my fans face to face gives me such a boost, they really have been so supportive to me this year.”
Always a popular draw at Your Horse Live, the heart-warming Redwings Rescue Village also enabled visitors to meet gorgeous horses, ponies and donkeys in need of loving homes, along with the amazing teams who care for them. This year the Village played host to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Bransby Horses and The Blue Cross to name but a few. As a result a number of adoption applications were placed at the event, making the show all the more worthwhile.
This week the team behind Your Horse Live announced the dates for next year’s show – 12th-13th November 2016 – which is sure to again be a highlight in the equestrian calendar.
Visitors wanting to know more about the show and how they can get involved in 2016 can visit www.yourhorselive.co.uk