For most in the horse world, Christmas hasn’t started until they’ve attended The London International Horse Show, formerly known as Olympia Horse Show. The 2020 show in the heart of the city was cancelled owing to coronavirus and the 2021 show is going to move to the ExCeL center for at least one year, maybe longer, owing to redevelopment of the Kensington, Olympia venue.
Is London International Horse Show going ahead this year?
This year’s show is going ahead and will be held at the ExCeL center instead of the show’s traditional home at Kensington, Olympia. New Covid rules have been put in place to help keep everyone safe while the pandemic continues. All attendees will have to show proof of having had two doses of a Covid vaccination at least 14 days beforehand, presence of Covid antibodies or evidence, via email or text, of a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of the event. Wearing masks will be mandatory in all areas of the show.
The show is being held from Thursday 16 to Monday 20 December 2021.
As well as the show’s traditional favourites, such as the Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas finale, the London Horse Show also features top class action from across the disciplines, including the FEI World Cup Dressage competitions, proudly supported by Horse & Hound.
The big red wall puts in an annual appearance in front of a sell-out crowd, with the action turning to five-star and national showjumping and driving later in the week. The feature showjumping classes at the show are the FEI World Cup and the grand prix, providing a great spectacle.
All about London International Horse Show
This popular festive show takes place in the capital of the United Kingdom in late December and attendance is a pre-Christmas ritual for much of the British horse world. A brilliant place to get into the festive spirit, while also doing a last minute spot of Christmas shopping, the London Horse Show really does have something for all members of the family as well as riders of all levels regardless of your prefered equestrian sport.
When hosted at Olympia, the show typically took place over seven days with world-class dressage, showjumping and driving, alongside showing and fantastic entertainment, including the fantastic Shetland Pony Grand National, the brilliant dog agility and the famous Christmas Finale.