London, 5th November 2012: The ever popular showing class, The Veteran Horse Showing and Dodson & Horrell Show Championships will once again be a highlight at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show (17th – 23rd December).
Taking place on H&M Saturday 22nd December at 10.45am, 28 competitors will be hoping to be crowned Champion in this prestigious championships at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, 12 in the in-hand section and 16 in the ridden section.
Last year’s winner of the in-hand class, Victoria Littlewood will be returning to the showground to defend her title with 16 year-old Moss Town Marz. Others coming back to compete include Leander Walton with 17-year old Maybe Just Maybe (in-hand), Kate Read with 28 year-old Mr Cracker (ridden) and Jessica Baybutt with 17-year old Carracastle Barney (ridden). Olympia, The London International Horse Show will also welcome one of Her Majesty, The Queen’s horses, 20 year-old St James ridden by Zoe Taylor.
This year’s oldest horse in the Veterans Championships is Jigtime Puck who participates in the in-hand class handled by Francesca Canham. Jigtime Puck competes at Olympia at the grand old age of 30.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show is celebrating 40 years of world class equestrian sport this year. The seven-day equestrian extravaganza kicks off with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Qualifier on Monday 17th December (Grand Prix) and Tuesday 18 December (Freestyle to Music). Jumping classes start on Wednesday 19th December and highlights include the Alltech Christmas Puissance (Thursday 20th December’s evening), The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Qualifier presented by H&M (Saturday 22nd December’s afternoon) and The Olympia Grand Prix on the evening of Sunday 23rd December. New to the proceedings this year is the Extreme Driving FEI World Cup which will see the world’s best four in-hand drivers battling it out for the title on the evening of Wednesday 19th December and the afternoon of Thursday 20th December.
Olympia favourites, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas Finale will feature every night at the Show, excluding Monday 17th December.
Tickets for Olympia, The London International Horse Show, are on sale now and can be purchased by ordering online at www.olympiahorseshow.com or by telephoning the box office on 0871 230 5580. Tickets are priced between £19 and £57 with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children. Visitors to the show can not only be a part of the evening spectacle but can rub shoulders with their Olympic heroes at the After Show Party, held in the newly refurbished West Hall until the early hours. Joint top price tickets (Wednesday afternoon or evening) and After Show Party tickets are available at £90 each including booking fee and are obtainable via the box office.