A group of children from London received an early Christmas present yesterday (Wednesday, 15 December) when they were taken to Olympia, The London International Horse Show.

International fashion designer Reem Acra, new sponsor of the FEI World Cup Dressage, invited the children from Brixton’s Ebony Horse Club to experience the magic of dressage while enjoying dinner in the sponsor’s hospitality suite.

The group also met World Equestrian Games silver medallist Laura Bechtolsheimer.

“Coming here tonight is the best Christmas present ever,” said 15-year-old, Ronny Jacome.

“I felt like royalty for the night and feel really privileged to have met Laura who was so encouraging to us.”

Reem Acra added: “We were delighted to be able to give these children a wonderful experience like this, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. The work that Ebony Horse Club does is truly inspirational and we were pleased that we could support them in some small way.”

Ebony Horse Club aims to improve the life skills, education and aspirations of children and young people growing up in deprived communities in Brixton, South London, by encouraging them to take part in horse sport.