now for Show Jumpings Christmas Cracker
coincide with the opening of the Box Office on 7th July, the organisers
of the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, 18th-22nd
December, have announced a whole raft of exciting programme changes
and innovations for this years show.
is the biggest prize fund of all the European World Cup Qualifiers
(£234,000) and stages two top notch show jumping classes per
performance, giving the audience the chance to see the very best
horses and riders in the world giving their all in the pursuit of
festive sporting glory.
prestigious array of show jumping classes includes the UKs
only World Cup Qualifier which this year will be held during the
Sunday afternoon performance (21st December), with The Masters now
moving to Saturday afternoon (22nd December)*. The electrifying
Grand Prix and The Puissance will also be among the Blue Ribbon
exciting innovation in seating will give the very best view to the
maximum number of people and an increased level of comfort and sound,
with an oval or egg shaped seating system for the first time at
is now so successful that many of its displays are mimicked by other
shows but unique to Olympia this year will be The Celtic Dance.
Choreographed by Jennie Loriston-Clarke and involving eight of the
leading dressage horses and riders, the Celtic Dance has been inspired
by the enormous success of the Balmoral scene at All The Queens
Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillerys Musical Drive, with
its breathtaking movements relying on the highest levels of timing
and horsemanship will also be seen at the show.
has always been more than just a show and it returns to its theatrical
roots this year by welcoming performers from the world of the circus.
The circus was a regular part of the annual programme of The Grand
Hall, Olympia and this year it will provide a theme running throughout
each performance, including the Grand Finale. Following the success
of its launch last year The Olympia Shopping Village
will now have a second tier of shopping including a Champagne Bar
for those in need of a little pick me up! All those who buy tickets
for the show will be given free access into this excellent pre-Christmas
show will also include the Lilliputian style Osborne Refrigerators
Shetland Pony Grand National and The Flying Frogs, three Frenchmen
who leap, without the aid of a horse, over the same challenging
show jumps that the competitors jump over. The Riding Club Quadrille,
The Pony Club Mini Major, Mountain & Moorland Championship and
Veteran Horse Championship will all feature at various performances
throughout the show.
will be ten performances at Olympia from Thursday 18th December
Monday 22nd December. The box office will be open from 7th
July, telephone 0870 733 0733 or international visitors should ring
00 44 115 912 9220 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. For Private
Boxes please call Jane Charley on 01753 847900.