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Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World.
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There's a stellar list of entries for the international five-star Show Jumping at this year's event, including 7 of the top 10 ranked riders in the world. We'll be welcoming the reigning World and Olympic Champions as well as 7 former world No. 1’s.
Great Britain’s Harry Charles, winner of both the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Qualifier and the London Grand Prix at last year’s Show, will be returning to defend his titles and leads a strong British contingent in London. Charles, whose form continued into 2022, finishing fourth in his first ever FEI Jumping World CupTM Final and claiming a team bronze medal at the World Championships in Herning, reached a career high ranking of world No. 11 in October.
Olympic champion, Ben Maher, another former London Grand Prix winner, will be hot on the heels of his World Championship teammate as he also looks to reclaim the prestigious title. Maher, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, will be joined at ExCeL London by the two remaining members of that bronze medal-winning World Championship team, Scott Brash and Joe Stockdale.
Home favourite John Whitaker, who lit up the Main Arena at ExCeL London in 2021 with an impressive run of results, including a win and finishing third in the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Qualifier, will be returning to the scene at the age of 67 to prove that age is only a number. At the other end of the spectrum will be young rider, Jodie Hall-McAteer, winner of the Under-25 Championship at The London International Horse Show in 2019 and 2021, who will be making her debut in the five-star competitions at the Show. Hall-McAteer has made a successful step up to the senior ranks in 2022, representing Great Britain on numerous occasions, including at the Nations CupTM Final in October. Jack Whitaker is another young rider excelling at the senior level, and he will be hoping to build on his debut win at the Show last year.
Matthew Sampson, who has been taking the North American circuit by storm this year, with multiple five-star wins under his belt, joins the British competitors looking to make their mark on home soil, along with Guy Williams and Holly Smith, who have both experienced success at the Show in previous years.
At the forefront of the international contingent looking to spoil the British party will be double World Champion Henrik von Eckermann, who was also part of the Swedish team who took Olympic gold in Tokyo. The world No. 1 was a recent winner of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Qualifier in Verona, so will be hoping to accrue further points in London, to assure his place at the Final in Omaha in April. Joining von Eckermann will be his World Championship and Olympic gold medal-winning teammate, Peder Fredricson, who also took individual silver in Tokyo.
Switzerland will be represented by Steve Guerdat, who will be returning to the city in which he claimed his individual Olympic gold medal in 2012, alongside his 2022 World Championship teammate Edouard Schmitz. Dutch rider, Maikel van der Vleuten, an individual bronze medallist at both the Tokyo Olympics last year and this summer’s World Championships, adds further quality to the field of competitors.
Germany’s Daniel Deusser, winner of last week’s Grand Prix in Prague, knows what it takes to be victorious in London, having won the Grand Prix at the Show in 2016. Another to have tasted success at previous editions of The London International Horse Show is Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca, who will be looking to come out on top once again.
France have a strong representation, including two riders inside the world’s top 10, Julien Epaillard (3) and Kevin Staut (10), as well as 2016 Olympic team gold medalist, Roger Yves Bost. Representing Ireland will be Conor Swail, the current world No. 5 and recent winner of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Qualifier in Washington. He will be joined by compatriots Trevor Breen and Denis Lynch.
Norway’s Geir Gulliksen, a London International Horse Show regular, will join the likes of Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil, Marcus Ehning from Germany and Austria’s Max Kühner in adding further international flair to the top-class field.
A full list of entries can be found here.
Organisers of The London International Horse Show have today confirmed that double world champion Lottie Fry will be taking part in this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup at the renowned London Show which runs from 15 – 19 December.
The Show will host FEI World Cup action in three disciplines, including the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music supported by Horse & Hound on Thursday 15 December and Friday 16 December respectively. In addition, the adrenaline-fueled Extreme Driving supported by Karen and Hugh Scott Barrett will take place on Thursday 15 December and the FEI Driving World Cup presented by Martin Collins Enterprises by Eurofip International will take centre stage on Friday 16 December and Saturday 17 December.
FEI DRESSAGE WORLD CUP
Heading this year’s dressage field is double world champion and London International Horse Show ambassador Lottie Fry. Fry, who last week was named the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete at the FEI Awards, will bring the magnificent Everdale, her Olympic team bronze medal-winning partner from Tokyo last year. Based in The Netherlands with her mentor and trainer Anne van Olst, Fry will be returning to compete in her home country for the first time since her FEI World Championship victory in Herning and is sure to be the crowd favourite.
Ahead of her appearance at the Show, Fry said: “I am so excited to be returning to The London International Horse Show this December. I love competing in front of my home crowd, it is always so special, and the atmosphere is incredible. It will be the best way to end an amazing year.”
Joining Fry are numerous other British Dressage superstars, including her FEI World Championship teammates Gareth Hughes and Richard Davison. Hughes has amassed over 60 national and international titles over the last 10 years. Last year he was the British team reserve at the Tokyo Olympic Games and won FEI European Championship team silver. Most recently he was crowned British national champion and will be looking to continue this impressive form in London with his FEI World Championship mount Classic Briolinca.
Davison, who brings his trusted partner, Bubblingh, to the Show will be looking to improve on his impressive performances last year, where he came fourth and fifth in the Freestyle to Music and Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound respectively. Fellow British riders Emile Faurie who rides Bellevue and Andrew Gould who brings Indigro will also compete and will be looking to add their names to the stellar list of home winners.
A strong representation from Germany will be making the trip across the English Channel to London, including Ingrid Klimke and Helen Langehanenberg. Spectators are sure to be delighted to welcome Klimke to The London International Horse Show for the first time. The German is no stranger to success on British soil having had numerous top five placings at Badminton and Burghley. The former Olympic Eventer is now following in the footsteps of father, Olympic Dressage rider Reiner Klimke, and won team bronze at the FEI World Championships this summer as well as winning the FEI World Cup Qualifier in Zakrzow last month and Stuttgart just over 10 days ago. Langehanenberg, the world No. 20, also comes to the Show on impressive form with a number of top placings this year such as placing third in the prestigious Grand Prix Special in Aachen.
Representing Canada is Naima Moreira Laliberte, who won team gold at the Pan American Games in 2019 and represented her country at the FEI World Championships in Herning this year. Moreira-Laliberté, the daughter of the co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, will be sure to put on a show for the London crowds. The sole French dressage entry comes from Morgan Barbançon, who is sure to come to London full of confidence after her impressive victory in Grand Prix Freestyle to Music in the FEI World Cup Qualifier held in Motesice. Joining this strong roster of riders is Singapore’s Caroline Chew, who impressively balances competing at the very top level of the sport along with career as a Solicitor.
Dutch rider, Hans Peter Minderhoud, will also be coming to the Show along with Australia’s Simone Pearce, Northern Ireland’s Abigail Lyle, Spain’s Alejandro Asencio Mendez and Belgium’s Laurence Vanommeslaghe, completing this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup supported by Horse & Hound entries.
For a full list of entries for the FEI Dressage World Cup supported by Horse & Hound, please click here.
DRIVING FORCE IN LONDON
International Driving returns to London on Friday 16 December and Saturday 17 December, with the top three FEI ranked World Four-in-Hand Drivers in attendance.
Multiple London International Horse Show winner and world No.1, Boyd Exell (AUS) will be hoping to repeat his victory from last year. He will be the one to beat this year and comes to the Show having won every FEI competition he has taken part in since April. This impressive run of results includes an individual gold medal at the FEI World Championships in Herning and most recently the FEI Driving World Cup Qualifier in Stuttgart.
Koos de Ronde, the current world No. 2, will be wanting to go one better at the Show this year following on from his second placing last year. The Dutchman, a multiple championship medal winner has all the knowledge and skill to be a top contender in London this year. Compatriot and world No.3 Bram Chardon will be looking to follow in his father’s footsteps to win the prestigious FEI Driving World Cup Qualifier at The London International Horse Show.
Home favourite and always one to provide excitement to the action, Dan Naprous will be competing as well as participating in the display of his own Devil’s Horsemen’s in the daily performances. Rounding off this year’s impressive line-up are Chester Weber, the most decorated driver in the United States, the in-form Dries Degrieck (BEL) and France’s Benjamin Aillaud.
For a full list of Driving entries, please click here.
The London International Horse Show is delighted to announce a major international display for the five-day Show; La Garde Républicaine.
The world-famous French Cavalry regiment, which includes over 450 horses, is one of the most renowned branches of the French Gendarmerie, responsible for special security duties in the Paris area and providing guards of honour at official ceremonies. They will be bringing their historical performance "Le Carrousel des Lances" to London. This particular display has never been seen before in the UK and is quite spectacular – it features 27 riders divided into four quadrilles, each under the order of an officer. Adorned with traditional maned helmets, Napoleonic sabres and lances, and accompanied by the Cavalry band, Le Carousel des Lances will not disappoint.
La Garde Républicaine were much admired for their precise riding when they last performed at The London International Horse Show in 2018 and are sure to impress once again. They will be joining a programme that offers the 80,000 strong audience a remarkable range of competition and displays. Everything from the very best of international equestrian competition in the FEI World CupTM qualifiers and the London Grand Prix to the traditional crowd favourites; The Puissance, The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and, of course, Father Christmas himself.
Colonel Gabriel Cortès of La Garde Républicaine, said: “We are very proud to have been asked to come to London to perform Le Carousel des Lances, particularly as it is the first time that this display will be seen in the UK. It is a great opportunity to show London’s audience the history of the French Cavalry and celebrate the role and importance of the regiment in today’s society.”
Show Director Simon Brooks‐Ward said: “We are delighted to welcome La Garde Républicaine to The London International Horse Show and are really looking forward to seeing The Carousel along with the Cavalry Band. I know that they will put on a fantastically intricate and highly skilled display and that it will be a highlight of the entertainment at this year’s Show.”
At the Annual Conference of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), organisers of The London International Horse Show announced an exciting new Showing Series to run in 2023 with finals taking place at the renowned annual Christmas horse show in London in December.
The organisers have worked with the British Show Pony Society (BSPS), the British Show Horse Association (BSHA) and ASAO, to create a joint series that consists of 23 different classes which will be held at ASAO member shows including BSHA Rising Star classes for Hunters, Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses and Show Horses and BSPS classes for Performance Ponies including Coloured Ponies, Mountain and Moorland Lead Rein, Working Sports Ponies, and Cradle and Nursery Stakes Working Hunter Pony classes which give the youngest riders the chance to qualify for the first time for a major indoor final.
The emphasis on this new series is to be inclusive with a focus on the amateur competitor, encouraging them to compete at their local agricultural and county show. Entrants for the classes will not have to be an association/society member to compete in the qualifying classes but would have to join the relevant association/society if they reach the final. It is expected that this open invitation will encourage many more competitors to ‘have a go’ at their local show.
The BSHA classes are Rising Stars classes and are performance led with all participants completing a timed freestyle show on the day. The classes are open to amateur BSHA members and non- members.
The BSPS classes are not restricted to amateurs however the majority of the classes are performance classes. For example, the Lead Rein Class will have obstacles and small jumps.
As well as making the classes more inclusive, the ambition is to make the classes more interesting and informative for the public. Commentators will be encouraged to explain the classes to the watching public, describing what is required of the competitor and what the public should be looking out for. The intention being to engender a higher level of interest in Showing.
The full list of classes is below, and Agricultural and County Show organisers have until early January 2023 to apply to run classes.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director for London International Horse Show said; “It has been a long- held ambition to add more Showing to London International Horse Show and we are very excited to be launching this Showing Series. The space that the ExCeL London venue offers means that we are able to put a new arena alongside our existing arena which allows us to accommodate this series. We are delighted to be working with the ASAO, BSHA and BSPS, as many will know, the BSPS already successfully hold the Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championships at the London Show.”
Paul Cook of BSPS said; “We are convinced that there is going to be a great appetite for these classes. We are determined to introduce a new style of showing which is much more inclusive for the competitor and educational and entertaining for the audience. Having the Mountain and Moorland Championships already at London means that we know that this venue will work brilliantly for this new Showing Series, and it will give a great day out for the competitors and their families who reach the final.”
Nigel Hollings of BSHA said; “We are very excited by the new Rising Stars series and the finals taking place at The London International Horse Show. We know this will be very well received by our existing members and the wider showing community, with the series very much focusing on making competing easy and educational, encouraging more to join in and have a go.”
David Tite Chairman of the ASAO said; “This is a great opportunity for our members to have a new showing series at their event. We are encouraged that this series has emphasis on inclusion and entertainment and will mean that local competitors can enjoy entering their local agricultural and county shows and it will prove entertaining for the watching crowds”.
The full class list is below:
|Showing Classes LIHS 2023 - BSHA & BSPS planned classes|
|Rising Star of Small & Lightweight Hunter Type||BSHA|
|Rising Star of Middlewight & Heavyweight Hunter Type|
|Rising Star of Hunter Type Championship|
|Rising Star of Lightweight Cob Type|
|Rising Star of Heavyweight Cob Type|
|Rising Star of Maxi Cob Type|
|Rising Star of Cob Type Championship|
|Rising Star of Small Riding Horse Type||BSHA|
|Rising Star of Large Riding Horse Type|
|Rising Star of Riding Horses Type Championship|
|Rising Star of Small Hack Type|
|Rising Star of Large Hack Type|
|Rising Star of Hack Type Championship|
|Rising Star Racehorse to Show Horse||BSHA|
|Rising Star Ladies Show Horse|
|Rising Star of Small & Lightweight Working Hunter Type|
|Rising Star of Middleweight & Heavyweight Working Hunter Type|
|Rising Star of Working Hunter Championship Type|
|BSPS Junior Performance Pony||BSPS|
|BSPS Performance Pony not exc 148cm|
|BSPS Performance Pony not exc 158cm|
|BSPS Performance Pony Championship|
|BSPS Performance Coloured Native/Cob/Traditional Horse/Pony Class||BSPS|
|BSPS Performance Coloured Non Native Horse/Pony Class|
|BSPS Performance Coloured Championship|
|BSPS Heritage Lead Rein Working Sports Pony|
|Open Cradle Stakes Class|
|Open Nursery Stakes Class|
|Worker Stakes Championship|
In the latest edition of the ‘London International Horse Show Riding Academy’, members of Ebony Horse Club spent a day at the home of The Devil’s Horsemen – one of the Show’s exciting displays for 2022.
Now in its third year, the Riding Academy is an enterprise developed by the London International Horse Show with a long-term mission to inform young people of the range of career options open to them within the equestrian sector and provide them with practical experience to shape their talents.
Yesterday’s event was a particular highlight for the Riding Academy, when 10 teenagers from the Show’s 2022 charity, Ebony Horse Club, paid a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the yard of The Devil’s Horsemen – the world’s leading supplier of stunt horses and riders, equipment and carriages to the film industry – hosted by brother and sister team, Dan and Camilla Naprous.
The participants, aged 14 – 19, began the day with a tour of the yard, workshops and carriage stores, receiving an overview of the huge number of equestrian related roles available in the film industry as well as meeting some of the horses on the yard who have starred in productions such as Wonder Woman and Game of Thrones. This was followed by an electrifying trick-riding demonstration from The Devil’s Horsemen’s team led by Camilla Naprous as they practiced for their upcoming display at the London International Horse Show.
The participants then had the opportunity to learn basic stunts on both a barrel horse and a real horse, under the expert eyes of the Naprous siblings and their stunt-riding team. They mastered how to vault on correctly, familiarising themselves with the stunt saddles, and trying some basic moves performed at the halt. Afterwards, top-ranked British carriage driver Dan treated them to an introduction to Carriage Driving and a drive in his carriage as he prepared his team for the FEI Driving World Cup™ at the London International Horse Show this year.
Throughout the day participants had the opportunity to talk to Dan and Camilla and discuss pathways into careers in the equestrian and film sphere – whether as riders, grooms, stunt-riders, farriers, equipment and harness-makers or prop-makers, as well as finding out more about one of the FEI World Cup™ qualifiers to be held in their home city of London this December.
Horsemaster Camilla Naprous (pictured on the right below) said: “It’s been great to be involved in today’s event. We have shown the children some trick riding and carriage driving, as well as offering them a different insight into the equestrian industry. It is brilliant to have worked with the London International Horse Show Riding Academy to give the members of Ebony Horse Club the chance to see what we do here at The Devil’s Horsemen. The children have been so enthusiastic, and I hope that we have inspired them to think about a career in our industry.”
Theo, a member of Ebony Horse Club said: “I have loved being part of the London International Horse Show Riding Academy again this year. It has been amazing to spend time with Dan and Camilla at The Devil’s Horsemen’s yard and see all of their horses and equipment. My favourite part of the day was the trick riding, and I think that I now really want to try and get some more experience within this area of the equestrian industry. I am really excited to see The Devil’s Horsemen perform at the Show this Christmas!”
The Devil’s Horsemen will be showcasing their sensational tricks and stunts at ExCeL London in December as one of the acts performing at The London International Horse Show. The display, which will include 10 horses and nine stunt riders, will be fast-paced and include demonstrations of displays performed in the many Hollywood films they have been involved with.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “The London International Horse Show Riding Academy continues to be an important part of our community outreach programme. One of the Show’s objectives is to increase opportunities and access to the sport, and it is great to be able to work with The Ebony Horse Club, our official charity this year, along with The Devil’s Horsemen to continue to widen accessibility within the sector and showcase different opportunities outside of the traditional spheres of equestrianism.”
The London International Horse Show, held annually in December, is renowned for not only showcasing world class equestrian sport but also providing audiences with spectacular display acts. From 15–19 December, The Devil’s Horsemen will be at the forefront of the action, bringing their breath-taking stunts and tricks to ExCeL London.
The Devil’s Horsemen are the leading film-industry horse supplier in Europe, owned by horsemasters Daniel and Camilla Naprous and their father Gerard. For the last 50 years, The Devil’s Horsemen have worked with some of the world’s best directors, production companies and producers such as Netflix and Disney to provide horses and carriages for blockbuster movies and award-winning TV series.
Dan, who famously played Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is also the highest ranked International Carriage Driver in Great Britain and will be competing in the FEI Driving World Cup™ at the London International Horse Show this year. Dan’s sister Camilla, who served as the horsemaster on all eight seasons of the acclaimed Game of Thrones and has trained numerous actors including Gal Gadot, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan and Angelina Jolie, will also feature in the brand-new display at ExCeL.
The act, which includes 10 horses and nine stunt riders, will be fast-paced and filled with trick riding, including demonstrations of stunts that were performed in Hollywood films such as Wonder Woman and Game of Thrones. The team, who have dedicated their lives to training these remarkable horses, will open their display with a ‘driverless’ carriage of four horses galloping around the main arena, before continuing with equally incredible trick riding.
Dan Naprous, Master Horseman stated: “The Devil’s Horsemen are extremely honoured to be invited to perform at The London International Horse Show, where we will be bringing an enthralling and completely unique performance to the audience, showing the magic of what we achieve on the big screens to a live crowd.”