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Olympia Horse ShowOlympia Horse Show, or as it is more correctly known “Olympia, The London Intermational Horse Show”, takes place in late December and attendence is a pre-Christmas rital for the vast majority of the horseworld.

A brilliant place to get into the festive spirit, while also doing a last minute spot of Christmas shopping, Olympia really does have something for all members of the family as well as riders of all levels regardless of your prefered equestrian sport.

The show takes place over seven days (from 16-22 December this year) with world-class dressage and showjumping, alongside showing and fantastic entertainment, including the fantastic Shetland Pony Grand National. This year’s main arena displays include the spectacular Ukrainian Cossack Stunt Riders and the breath-taking Metropolitan Police Activity Ride, while all spectators can look forward to enjoying the famous Olympia Finale.

Changes to this year’s event include the shopping village opening earlier than in previous years (from 2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday), while those attending to watch the dressage grand prix on the first evening will be treated to a full programme of displays for the first time, in addition to the World Cup dressage. The World Cup freestyle dressage to music takes place on Wednesday.

From Thursday through to Monday, the show boasts morning, afternoon and evening performances. On Thursday afternoon, it’s the turn of the driving specialists as Extreme Driving comes to London town, and the Kennel Club will be in action with the first session of the popular dog agility championships. If you want to see riders doing battle over Olympia’s famous big red wall, then Thursday is puissance night.

Friday afternoon hosts more driving in the form of the World Cup, while the focus turns to international showjumping on Friday evening. Saturday afternoon sees Britain’s top under-23 riders in action before the popular Christmas Masters, with the second part of the World Cup driving kicking off Saturday evening’s performance followed by more top class showjumping.

Sunday is H&M day with small 128cm ponies and their young riders getting the afternoon getting underway, ahead of the Longines FEI World Cup showjumping class. The evening promises more top class jumping, then on the final day (Monday) you can look forward to the Olympia grand prix.

In addition, the top M&M ponies, veterans and riding club quadrilles will all be crowned during the show. Book your Olympia Horse Show tickets

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