Top riders nominated to attend Olympia Horse Show

Visitors to the London International Horse Show at Olympia (15-21 December) can look forward to watching Britain’s best go head-to-head with some of the world’s top riders.

All eyes will be on Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas in the FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier, supported by Horse & Hound, to see if they can break another world record.

Competing against the wonder horse are expected to be competitors from six nations, including the Netherlands’ European gold and silver medallist Adelinde Cornelissen and Britain’s European bronze medallist Laura Bechtolsheimer. Other British riders nominated to attend include Richard Davison, Fiona Bigwood, Steph Croxford, Carl Hester, Judy Harvey and Lizzie Murray.

Twenty riders will contest the dressage grand prix on Tuesday 15 December with the top 15 going forwards to the kur on Wednesday 16 December.

Show jumping gets underway on Thursday with 60 riders from 17 nations listed in the nominated entries. The Whitaker family will be leading the British contingent, with John, Michael, Ellen and Robert Whitaker all expected to attend. Other British riders to look out for include Ben Maher, Tim Stockdale, Peter Charles, Nick Skelton and Geoff Billington.

The overseas competition looks set to include Australia’s Edwina Alexander, Belgium’s Jos Lansink, Ireland’s Billy Twomey, Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Albert Zoer from the Netherlands. Germany has a 10-strong representation including Christian Ahlmann, Toni Hassmann and Franke Sloothaak, so competition is bound to be fierce.

Tickets for Olympia are selling fast with 90% of tickets sold for 8 of the 12 performances. Prompt booking is recommended to ensure you don’t miss out, so call the box office on 0871 230 5580 or book online at www.olympiahorseshow.com

NB: These are the nominated entries and the riders may change between now and the show

NOMINATED ENTRIES FEI WORLD CUP DRESSAGE supported by Horse & Hound

Belgium

  • Jeroen Devroe
  • Philippe Jorissen

Canada

  • Evi Strasser

France

  • Marc Boblet

Great Britain

  • Henriette Andersen
  • Laura Bechtolsheimer
  • Fiona Bigwood
  • Stephanie Croxford
  • Richard Davison
  • Sarah-Jane Elmslie
  • Judith Harvey
  • Carl Hester
  • Lizzie Murray

The Netherlands

  • Adelinde Cornelissen
  • Edward Gal
  • Jeanette Haazen
  • Christa Laarakkers
  • Hans Peter Minderhoud

United States of America

  • Kenneth Dyrby
  • Catherine Haddad

NOMIMATED ENTRIES ROLEX FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING presented by H&M

Australia

  • Edwina Alexander

Austria

  • Stefan Eder
  • Christian Fries
  • Julia Kayser
  • Gerfried Puck

Belgium

  • Rik Hemeryck
  • Jos Lansink
  • Philippe Le Jeune

Denmark

  • Thomas Velin

Spain

  • Pilar Cordon Muro

Finland

  • Mikael Forsten
  • Sebastian Numminen

France

  • Timothée Anciaume
  • Roger-Yves Bost
  • Patrice Delaveau
  • Julien Epaillard
  • Olivier Guillon
  • Pénélope Leprevost
  • Michel Robert
  • Kevin Staut

Great Britain

  • Geoff Billington
  • Peter Charles
  • Ben Maher
  • Laura Renwick
  • Nick Skelton
  • Robert Smith
  • Tim Stockdale
  • Ellen Whitaker
  • John Whitaker
  • Michael Whitaker
  • Robert Whitaker
  • Guy Williams

Germany

  • Christian Ahlmann
  • Gilbert Bockmann
  • Daniel Deusser
  • Toni Hassmann
  • Andreas Knippling
  • Max Kuhner
  • Janne-Friederike Meyer
  • Thomas Muhlbauer
  • Franke Sloothaak
  • Philipp Weishaupt

Ireland

  • Billy Twomey

Italy

  • Natale Chiaudani
  • Giuseppe D’Onofrio

The Netherlands

  • Marc Houtzager
  • Piet Raymakers Jr
  • Harrie Smolders
  • Leon Thijssen
  • Eric van der Vleuten
  • Albert Zoer

Norway/strong>

  • Geir Gulliken

Portugal

  • Luciana Diniz

Switzerland

  • Clarissa Crotta
  • Steve Guerdat
  • Beat Mandli
  • Pius Schwizer

Sweden

  • Malin Baryard-Johnsson
  • Svante Johannson

United States of America

  • Laura Kraut

Visit: www.olympiahorseshow.com

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