Olympia, the London International Horse Show is over for another year. If you’re getting withdrawal symptoms for all that fake snow, horse droppings in central London, nailbiting sport and tinsel, take a look at our 2015 highlights for compensation.
Olympia Horse Show 2015 in pictures
Feeling patriotic with the Household Cavalry
Nothing stirs the blood quite as much as the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment — with the rumbling of drums, commanding voice of the Captain in charge, and the final charge.
Are we seeing things? No, this is Witheridge Riding Club’s fourth placed effort in the British Riding Clubs Quadrille competition with their “Escape to the Country” display, which told the story of four contrary chickens.
Remarkably speedy Shetlands…
We were on the edge of our seats as Shetlands and their pint-sized jockeys raced around their very own Grand National track.
… and an equally obedient one
French horseman Jean-François Pignon mesmerised the crowds with his “free horses” display — but it was his Shetland that stole the show.
Nailbiting showjumping action
Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano snatched victory in the Longines FEI World Cup leg with an audacious display of speed jumping on his heroic gelding, Admara.
Dogs that put our canine companions to shame
If you think you’ve got dog training covered because yours can roll over — think again. The dog agility competition took “obedient” to another level…
A dazzling spectacle
Showjumps were built and dismantled seamlessly between clasess, as all eyes were on an imaginative array of performers.
Learning from the best
Olympic dressage gold medallist Laura Tomlinson shows us how it’s done during her masterclass.
And finally… getting in the Christmas spirit with Father Christmas
How could it be Christmas without ending the night with a belting rendition of ‘The First Noel’?
The countdown begins for Olympia 2016…
Don’t miss our full report from Olympia Horse Show in 24 December issue of Horse & Hound magazine