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The London International Horse Show is proud to announce Ebony Horse Club as its official charity for the 2022 edition of the event, which will be held from 15-19 December.
Based in Brixton, South London, Ebony Horse Club’s mission is to use horses to raise the education, life skills, wellbeing and aspirations of young people from disadvantaged communities within Lambeth. Through their youth workers, volunteers and supporters, the Club can introduce fantastic opportunities to young people, including days out at top equestrian venues, educational visits to high profile companies, workshops and training sessions, or just the chance to spend a relaxing day in the countryside. As well as riding and horsemanship, the Club focuses on giving its members occasion to further develop key life skills such as communication, empathy and responsibility in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Ebony Horse Club has strong ties with the London International Horse Show, having hosted the “London International Horse Show Riding Academy” in 2021. The Academy, an annual event for the Show, is an opportunity for the London International’s riders, organisers and affiliates to share their knowledge with the next generation of equestrian stars – no matter their background - and provide useful, grounded advice and experiences, and a unique insight into top level sport. The 2021 Academy saw top young rider Jack Whitaker give a show jumping lesson to the Ebony students, while Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker gave a talk about her journey to the top and the challenges she faced to get there.
The partnership with the London International Horse Show will provide significant financial and material benefits to Ebony Horse Club, including revenue from ticket sales, with 50p from each ticket sold for the Thursday afternoon performance going directly to the charity, as well as a provision of tickets throughout the Show to enable Ebony Horse Club’s staff and riders to enjoy the Christmas equestrian extravaganza. In addition, Ebony Horse Club will be taking an active part in the preparation for the Show, where they will be involved with the 2022 Riding Academy.
Admin and Yard Coordinator, Christine Lewis expressed her delight at the partnership: ‘‘We are extremely excited to be chosen as the London International Horse Show’s official charity this year. To be selected by such a prestigious event really speaks volumes to the reach of our message and it’s great to be recognised at such a high-profile occasion. We have worked with the London International Horse Show a few times in the past and our members absolutely love going along to the Show. Last year’s Riding Academy was just amazing. Some of our senior riders had the pleasure of being taught by Jack Whitaker and members were able to learn so much from Natasha Baker OBE about her equestrian and Olympic journey. It was such an inspiring day and something they still talk about now. We cannot wait to be more involved this year. It’ll be a great platform to raise awareness about our work. It’s truly going to be a day to remember for all involved. Thank you so much for the support’’
17-year-old Jasmine, a member of Ebony Horse Club, added: “The fact that the London International Horse Show have chosen Ebony as their 2022 charity is amazing! More young people will have the opportunity to experience the magic of Ebony.”
London International Horse Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Ebony Horse Club is a fantastic charity, enabling children from central London to be involved with horses, where they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. We are delighted to be able to support them this year and look forward to working together in the months running up to the Show, and at the Show itself, to provide unforgettable experiences for the children and all involved.”
The highly anticipated 2022 edition of the London International Horse Show will feature five days of world-class equestrian action with the traditional Christmas feel. As the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving, the Show is the pinnacle of the equestrian calendar, attracting many of the world’s best horse and rider combinations from around the globe. The Show will also feature a range of exciting performances, including the Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, and fantastic equestrian displays.
Organisers of The London International Horse Show today announced their much-anticipated Box Office opening dates for the 2022 Show. The Show, which will be hosted at ExCeL London, will run over five days from 15 – 19 December. Priority bookers – those who attended the 2021 edition – will be able to purchase their tickets during an exclusive 48-hour pre‐sale on Wednesday 20 April, with general sale to follow on Friday 22 April.
The London International Horse Show is the UK’s largest indoor Show, hosting three FEI World CupTM events in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, which bring with them exceptional elite competition and talent.
The 2021 edition of the Show welcomed 70,000 visitors to the new venue. With decisively positive reports on the move from competitors and spectators alike, ticket purchasers are encouraged to act quickly to avoid disappointment of missing out on the greatest equestrian Christmas party.
The Show commences on Thursday 15 December with an action-packed schedule. The afternoon performance will welcome the return of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ supported by Horse & Hound, as well as a unique ‘Dressage Unwrapped’ masterclass. The display will explore how past successes are positively impacting current day British dressage and creating a promising future. Hosted by Carl Hester MBE and Richard Davison with special guest performances from superstar horses and riders, this promises to be an outstanding event. The evening performance will finish off an incredible opening day with the Extreme Driving, followed by the Lemieux Puissance both of which are sure to provide an exhilarating display of athleticism and agility.
Friday 16 December sees the Under-25 British Championship headlining the morning performance. The class showcases the most exciting and promising homegrown up-and-coming talent. The Services Jumping Championship, the top military competition will also be held on Friday morning. The FEI Driving World Cup™presented by Eurofip International will be the feature class of the afternoon performance, before International Show Jumping comes to the fore, with the Champagne-Taittinger Ivy Stakes and the Christmas Pudding Speed Stakes. Friday will be rounded off by the mesmerising Freestyle to Music FEI Dressage World Cup™ supported by Horse & Hound.
On the morning of Saturday 17th December showing will be in the arena with the Senior Showing and Dressage Championship. The Pony Club Mini-Major supported by GS Equestrian, an ever-popular adrenaline-filled class, takes centre stage in the afternoon and the evening performance will showcase the final of the FEI Driving World Cup™ presented by Eurofip International, where a team of four horses and one driver drive a carriage around, through and over a set of obstacles against the clock. The finale of the Saturday schedule is the Longines Christmas Cracker, which is sure to have some of the world’s best show jumping combinations taking part.
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ will be the highlight of Sunday 18 December for many, in which competitors will be looking to gain their qualification for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final. The afternoon and evening performances contain the two Mini Stakes classes where the 128cm and 148cm jumping ponies respectively, show off their talents and speed in the hotly contested classes.
Providing a fitting conclusion to the Show, Monday 19 December is set to be a true spectacle. Showing enthusiasts will welcome the return of the BSPS Heritage Supreme Championship sponsored by New Horizon Plastics during the morning and afternoon performances. For the evening performance, Organisers are delighted to welcome back the Markel Jockey’s Jumping in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund, featuring Great Britain and Ireland’s top National Hunt and Flat jockeys. Rounding off the 2022 edition of the Christmas extravaganza is the London Grand Prix, with the world’s best horse and rider combinations vying for the prestigious 5* Show Jumping title. The home crowd will be hoping for Harry Charles to repeat his sensational success from last year.
Show classic, the thrilling Shetland Pony Grand National will feature every day, as will the Kennel Club Dog Agility classes, with exciting international equestrian displays to be announced in due course.
Away from the performances, there is plenty to keep spectators busy. With over 250 retailers on-site selling a wide range of goods, from fashion and jewellery to all things equestrian, there is a huge choice for those looking for last-minute Christmas gifts. For those who love getting up close to their favourite riders and influencers, The Live Zone is not to be missed.
Simon Brooks-Ward, organiser of the London International Horse Show, said: “We’re really excited about the 2022 edition of The London International Horse Show. We are planning to build on last year’s successful move to the ExCeL to put on the best Show yet, featuring phenomenal competition, inspirational equestrian displays and a fantastic Christmas atmosphere.
There will be a range of ticket options available, with prices starting from just £15 for access to the Shopping Village, and access to the elite competitive action from just £38.50. More information about The London International Horse Show, including how to buy tickets, can be found here, in addition to performance announcements, and a detailed Show schedule.
The London International Horse Show, taking place at ExCeL London from 16-20 December 2021, will host performances from the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment as part of the spectacular schedule of equestrian action across the five-day Show.
Organisers today confirmed the attendance of the much-loved Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, made up of 28 horses and 36 personnel, adding to the diverse range of equestrian activity already planned. As the only mounted ceremonial soldiers who also serve as fighting soldiers, the Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is unique globally as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British tradition. The drills, which are based on movements mounted soldiers would have historically used in battle, will be carried out to music and performed in a routine that is strongly focused on precise timing and coordination.
The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry will join the roster for each performance, which also includes scintillating action from The Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.
In addition to the breath-taking display acts, of which there are more to be confirmed in due course, spectators will be treated to world-class competitive action, including FEI World CupTM competitions in three disciplines; Dressage, Driving and Show Jumping. The traditional crowd favourites, The Puissance and The London International Horse Show Grand Prix will also take their place at ExCeL London, featuring the world’s best show jumping horse and rider combinations, with the next generation of riders set to star in The Mini Stakes and The U25 British Championship.
Show Director Simon Brooks‐Ward said: “We are delighted to be welcoming The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry to The London International Horse Show 2021. They are always a firm favourite amongst the crowd, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.”
Captain William Long of The Life Guards, said: “The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is thrilled to be returning to the London International Horse Show. It will be very exciting to perform at the Show’s new venue, the ExCeL, this year. It is always a privilege to take part in the show and truly does signal the start of the festive period.”
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In a tribute to the outstanding achievements of the British equestrian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, The London International Horse Show will welcome the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian heroes in a celebratory parade, which will take place during the afternoon performance on Friday 17 December.
Leading the way will be Individual Show Jumping gold medallist, Ben Maher, who adds a Tokyo medal to his Team gold at the London Olympics in 2012. Maher will be joined by the gold medal-winning Eventing team, of Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen. After a fantastic performance across all three phases, the team secured Great Britain’s first Eventing Team title for 49 years. 30-year-old McEwen then went on to claim the Individual silver medal with a foot-perfect performance aboard Toledo De Kerser.
Despite an inexperienced team of horses heading to Tokyo for the Dressage, the British team, comprising Charlotte Dujardin, Charlotte Fry and Carl Hester, surpassed all expectations to come away with a Team bronze medal. Dujardin, riding the stunning chestnut Gio, followed-up with an Individual bronze to add to her already impressive medal tally, which now includes three golds, one silver and two bronzes. In doing so, Dujardin rewrote history to briefly become Britain’s all-time most decorated female Olympian – a feat she now shares with Cycling’s Laura Kenny, after Kenny’s triumphs a few days later.
Joining their Olympic counterparts will be Team GB’s Paralympic stars, who will be in action in Tokyo from Thursday 26-30 August. The team includes four defending Paralympic champions, including 11-time Paralympic champion Lee Pearson, eight-time gold medallist Sophie Christiansen, five-time gold medallist Natasha Baker and two-time gold medallist Sophie Wells.
The London International Horse Show – this year taking place at ExCeL London from 16-20 December 2021 – will provide an opportunity for the athletes to celebrate in front of a crowd, something they were unable to experience in Tokyo. For fans, it will be a chance to hail the exceptional performances put on during the Games, proving Great Britain to be at the forefront of the sport, with some of the best horses and riders in the world.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show’s 2021 edition will relocate to ExCeL London and take place from Thursday 16th to Monday 20th December 2021, organisers announced today.
The Olympia London venue in West Kensington which has been the home to the iconic horse show for the last 49 years, is currently undergoing a re-development plan. As a result of Covid-19 the building activity for the re-development programme has accelerated. The revised construction programme will restrict the use of the venue for events in December 2021. Hence the decision to move the Christmas horse show from Olympia London to ExCeL London.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director, commented; “We are very pleased that we are able to stage the event at ExCeL London. This modern venue offers us the opportunity to build on all the aspects of the Christmas horse show that our visitors, hospitality guests, sponsors, competitors and officials know and love. The scope and flexibility of ExCeL will enable us to add exciting new features and will allow a larger arena with integrated hospitality.”
“Our 90,000 strong audience can expect to see the best international competition including three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Jumping, Dressage and Driving, alongside the usual wonderful mix of international equestrian displays, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and, of course, the Christmas Finale.”
“ExCeL will offer our horse show customers excellent facilities, first class restaurants, fast digital connection, multiple parking spaces and a relaxing environment for Christmas present buying in the Show’s renowned Shopping Village.”
“Our partners, sponsors and exhibitors including the FEI, British Equestrian and Longines are all supportive of the move and are looking forward to seeing a new version of the Show at ExCeL.”
Simon Mills, Executive Director – Exhibitions, ExCeL London said: “We have a track record for delivering world class events, from globally recognised trade shows and consumer exhibitions, to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. As such we are delighted to welcome an international horse show to ExCeL. We’re really looking forward to working with the organising team to create a hugely memorable event for the equestrian community, that delivers a world-class experience with a raft of new opportunities.”