Olympia Horse Show, 12-18 Dec, Lon­don

Horse & Hound - - Winter Show Guide 2017 -

IM­MERSE your­self in the Christ­mas spirit at Olympia, where Santa’s sleigh pa­rades in a flurry of fake snow and the au­di­ence sings a soul-stir­ring ren­di­tion of The First Noel. Fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with a packed pro­gramme of Christ­mas-themed classes, such as the Mistle­toe Mini Stakes for top pony showjumpers, while sea­sonal treats on of­fer in the new Win­ter Mar­ket in­clude choco­late or cheese fon­dues, waf­fles and sug­ared dough­nuts.

Ex­pect some hot com­pe­ti­tion in the at­mo­spheric flood­lit arena, be­cause the show hosts FEI World Cup qual­i­fiers in dres­sage, showjump­ing and driv­ing.

Com­peti­tors are ready to let their hair down at this time of year too, so you’ll spot some of them do­ing their own Christ­mas shop­ping and may even bag your­self a selfie or two. For an in­sider’s view, buy a spe­cial ticket (£15) for ac­cess to the warm-up arena where riders hang out and me­dia in­ter­views take place.

NOT TO BE MISSED: Wed­nes­day evening’s dres­sage freestyle to mu­sic, which usu­ally features some of Bri­tain’s house­hold names. THE NITTY-GRITTY: adult mid-range tick­ets for an evening per­for­mance start at £42.


a win­ter won­der­land: Fa­ther christ­mas’ visit to Olympia puts spec­ta­tors in the fes­tive spirit — and there’s world-class jump­ing ac­tion too

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