Woodlander Farouche set to delight dressage fans at Olympia

  • Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg are to spearhead a star-studded line up of demos at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show (16-22 December).

    Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) silver medallist Michael will ride the exciting daughter of Furst Heinrich during a masterclass with his father Ferdi on the opening night of the show (Tuesday 16 December). This will take place ahead of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage grand prix, supported by Horse & Hound.

    Spectators for Wednesday (17 December) evening’s performance will be treated to a masterclass from Olympic team gold medallist Laura Tomlinson, who gave birth to her first child this summer.

    Last year was an emotional occasion for Laura, as she retired her British team stalwart Mistral Hojris at the show. This December she will be riding one of her up-and-coming horses, the huge 10-year-old mare, Unique.

    Following Laura’s demo there will be a medal parade of the British equestrian teams. Great Britain finished at the top of the medal table at WEG this summer after clinching a total of seven golds.

    Also in 2014 British youth teams have won 14 medals this year, while other senior teams have also enjoyed European success, helping to bring the GB equestrian medal tally to 31.

    Champion vaulter Joanne Eccles will perform a vaulting display on Thursday 18 December. The individual women’s world vaulting champion, Joanne Eccles will perform with her sister Hannah. The pair took bronze in the pas de deux at WEG.

    British equestrianism has a lot to celebrate right now and what better way to mark all these great achievements than at the world’s biggest equestrian party,” said Olympia organiser Simon Brooks-Ward.

    “We are thrilled to have so many stars — both human and equine — appearing at this year’s show. I think it is going to be the biggest and best Olympia yet.”

    For more information and to buy tickets online visit: www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

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