top ten to join rest of the world at favourite Christmas horse show
top ten show jumpers* have been invited to jump at one of the worlds
most popular horse shows and the UKs favourite Christmas venue,
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, London 18th-22nd
No. 1 family in British show jumping, the Whitakers, will make up
over 30% of the British field with Michael, John and Robert Whitaker
all securing invitations. Britains official No.1, Robert Smith
is on the invitation list along with Andrew Davies, Nick Skelton,
Will Funnell, Paul Barker and Keith Shore.
with representatives from nearly every European country, as well
as the USA and Brazil, they have been invited to compete in front
of the 70,000 strong audience in a selection of ten exciting jumping
classes, over the five days of the show. The most prestigious and
lucrative class is the UKs only World Cup Qualifier, which
this year takes place on Sunday, 21st December. The show offers
the biggest prize fund of all the European World Cup Qualifying
shows (£234,000) and will be televised by the BBC and Eurosport.
combines world-class show jumping and edge-of-the-seat family entertainment
with a fabulous diversity of shopping in the new, two-tier Olympia
Shopping Village. The only indoor horse show to be held in London,
Olympia has two performances each day. Each performance includes
displays from the circus, dressage to music, dog agility, The Kings
Troop, Royal Horse Artillerys Musical Drive, The Flying Frogs
three incredible leaping French men and the Shetland Pony
year, for the first time in its 32-year history, Olympia has also
added an extra night to the show, on Wednesday 17th December. The
organisers have created an evening dedicated to Dressage, to celebrate
the sports medal-winning year and the enormous popularity
that dressage now enjoys.
will be eleven performances at Olympia from Wednesday, 17th December
Monday 22nd December. To book telephone the box office on
0870 733 0733 (00 44 115 912 9220 for international visitors) or
visit the web site at www.olympiashowjumping.com.
Tickets start from as little as £15 with concessions for Children
15 and under and Senior Citizens at certain performances. Tickets
for the Gala Dressage Evening range from £9.00 to £21.60
and can be booked via the box office. For Private Boxes please call
Jane Charley on 01753 847900.
* As listed on the current (30th September) BSJA riders ranking