Belfast Show Will "Awe And Excite" Audiences
own horse show, the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show, which
opens a four-day run at the Odyssey Arena on November 27, will be
a feast of equestrian competition and entertainment - and some performances
are already nearing sell out!
four-day show, brainchild of Equestrian Sports Promotions, has already
attracted some of the top names in Irish, European and British showjumping
with a prize fund of £210,000. Add to that the lure of the
Irish Shetland Grand National and the magical displays by Jean Francois
Pignon with his amazing horses and the result is a show not to be
people love horses, and we are giving them a horse show they can
be proud of, says Mrs McKenna. Over the four days, we
intend to awe them with the horse as a competitor, excite them with
horse entertainment and then top it all off with Belfasts
widest choice of exclusive shopping under one roof. The idea seems
to have been well received because only a few tickets remain for
Jean Francois Pignon
will be seven performances over the four days, each one made up
of exciting showjumping and internationally acclaimed equestrian
displays. The displays include.-
Jean-Francois Pignon, who will use eight un-harnessed horses over
the four days to demonstrate his unique bond with them and their
trust in him
The Devils Horsemen - the stunt team of Gerard, Daniel and
Camilla Naprouss amazing mixture of Latin dancing and daring
The Flying Frenchmen: French heart throbs who claim to jump better
The Irish Shetland Grand National. Racing fit Shetland ponies no
more than 107cms high but taking their tiny riders at about 20 mph
over 2ft 4ins brush fences
performance will be opened by The Household Cavalry, complete with
drum horse Sparky and trumpeters.
the shows serious showjumping side has some lighter moments.
Martel Grand National winning rider Barry Gerrity with previous
winners Paul Carberry and Ruby Walsh will be among the jockeys pairing
with showjumping stars for the Odyssey Jockey Chase Pairs Relay
riders invited to contest the £210,000 in prize money are
world champion Dermott Lennon, previous European champions Peter
Charles and Jessica Kurten, Cian OConnor, Billy Twomey, Harry
Marshall, Conor Swail, Lynda Courtney and leading Irish Young Rider
the six other nations who have confirmed riders are Great Britain,
Germany, France and Switzerland, contributing stars which include
John, Michael and Robert Whitaker, Nick Skelton, Frankie Sloothaak,
Jos Lansink, Ludo Philipaerts, Markus Fuchs and Beat Mandli.
include a Puissance competition, Six Bar, Newsletter Equestrian
Life Knockout, Crumley Construction Accumulator, Wilsons Auctions
Speed Stakes and the closing Envirocare International Grand Prix.
The Four Dee Engineering Winning Round on Thursday evening is for
teams made up of the competing riders and with a £15,000 Prize
(November 28) afternoons performance has been allocated to
schools, with special rates and discounts. We want to do everything
we can to encourage children and young people to take an interest
in showjumping and equestrian events generally, said Mrs McKenna.
One performance dedicated to schools in and around Belfast
seemed to be a good way of doing it.
ticket bookings call the Odyssey box office on 028 9073 9074 or
the Ticket Master 24-hour Hotline, 0870 243 4455. There are discounted
rates for SJAI, Irish Riding Clubs, Northern Ireland Horse Board
and the Northern Ireland Farmers Union members.
can also be booked online at www.odysseyarena.com and www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Odyssey Arena
The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show is designed to provide
sporting entertainment both for the audience at the Odyssey Arena
and a television viewing audience. It is also an international show,
duly registered with The Fédération Equestre Internationale
(FEI), Switzerland .
consideration was given about which riders should be invited, and
we took advice from both national and international governing agencies
in order to get a good balance of established riders, those currently
returning good international results and riders who, on their past
records, will provide the sort of entertainment suitable for launching
what we know will be a top, on-going equestrian highlight to both
the Irish and International competition calendar.
television and competition is created from an entry of leading riders
and star horses and we have had the unenviable job of selecting
names giving us the greatest chance of doing just that. In future
years, hopefully, we can widen our invitation list, but for 2003
and the launch of the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show we,
through necessity, will have to abide by this formula.