Yesterday’s (25 October) launch of the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show (31 December-2 January 2017) wasn’t short of the celebrity factor. Grand National-winning jockey Bob Champion led a parade of arond 50 riders, including showjumpers Billy Twomey, Laura Renwick and Geoff Billington, through the city centre ending up at the Echo Arena, where the show will be held at the end of the year. Check out some of the day’s highlights…

The show’s president Nina Barbour sets off with showjumper Billy Twomey, winner of the first Liverpool International Grand Prix on Diaghilev

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Parade participants came in all shapes and sizes…

Grand National-winning hero Neptunes Collonge takes centre stage

A bird’s eye view of the action

Excitement builds outside the show’s Liverpool venue

1981 Grand National winner Bob Champion returns to Liverpool, where 35 years ago he won the National on Aldaniti

Representing the British Horse Society…

Team BHS @britishhorsesociety #liverpoolride

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Nina Barbour’s mount is smartly groomed for the occasion

Liverpool Int's very own @ninabarbour heads up #liverpoolride @yourhorsemag @horse_and_country.tv

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Geoff Billington gets into the spirit of it…

Hacking round Liverpool with Bob… – Geoff Billington | Facebook

Hacking round Liverpool with Bob Champion, as you do , on a Tuesday morning 😜

Pony Club members pose for a photo with Bob Champion

With Bob Champion

With Bob Champion

Last year’s show was a huge success, with riders and spectators in agreement about how enjoyable the New Year show was. Find out more about this year’s show >>