From: Horse Shows
Olympia Horse Show 2015
The London International Horse Show held at Olympia in Kensington every year, is world famous for its spectacular top level competitions, which includes a puissance competition where riders have to jump over the infamous red wall at heights often exceeding seven feet.
There are several show jumping competitions taking place throughout the event attracting both national and international riders who take part in classes which include speed, grand prix, puissance and scurry competitions.
Traditionally the first two days of competition feature the dressage phase with the Grand Prix dressage held on the first day followed by the Freestyle To Music (KUR) the day after for the leading riders who have qualified. The freestyle is always a popular event for both riders and spectators as the riders get to choose their own music and routine adding a great level of excitement and anticipation to the viewers, which is carefully chosen to best suit their horses and which in the past has included music from Elvis to Tchaikovsky's the Nutcracker. The dressage Kur also features a dressage master class by one of the leading riders which often provides an incredible insight into the training process of these incredible dressage horses.
Olympia also often has the fast and furious Extreme Driving competition where you'll be able to marvel at the incredible speed, accuracy and agility that these carriage horses can move and turn.
Some of the displays that often take place are the dog agility classes which always deserve a big cheer and the Shetland Grand National where the more vocal encouragement you can give the better!
The shopping village at Olympia is fairly vast with many well known equestrian and horse brands available, with products often including children's games and toys to horse tack, rugs and general care to riding apparel, furniture, clothing and canine comforts all amongst some of the most popular products.
The show is held in the Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre, West Kensington, London, England.
Provisional dates for Olympia are Tuesday 15th of December to Monday 21st December 2015. The FEI World Cup Dressage will be held on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of December and the Show Jumping competitions will run from Thursday the 17th to Monday 21st. Some of the main highlights include: