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Olympic Champion Nick Skelton to Compete at Olympia

Organisers of Olympia, the London International Horse Show, are delighted to announce that double Olympic gold medal winning duo, Nick Skelton OBE and Big Star, will be competing at the Show this December.

The combination, part of the gold medal winning Show Jumping team in London, 2012, and individual gold medallists in Rio, will be making a rare UK competitive appearance, giving home fans the opportunity to witness their brilliance first-hand.

Earlier this year, at the age of 58, Nick became Britain’s second-oldest Olympic gold medallist, in what was his seventh Olympic Games.

On Thursday afternoon 15 December, the audience will be treated to a live Q&A session with the Olympic star which will take place in the arena. Members of the public will have the opportunity to submit their questions ahead of the event by filling in an application form on the Show website.

The news comes on the back of the announcement that triple gold medallist Valegro, the superstar of the Dressage world, will also be present at Olympia, as he bows out of the sport on a high in an official retirement ceremony, on Wednesday 14 December.

Nick Skelton OBE said, “It’s been a fairy tale year and to compete Big Star in front of the home fans at Olympia is really important to me, so I can give something back to the people who have supported us. Olympia is always one of my favourite shows of the year and will be a fantastic finale to 2016.”

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, commented, “We are honoured that Nick is bringing his gold medal winning horse to Olympia and can’t wait to see him in action. To have the current Olympic Champion, Big Star, competing whilst at the pinnacle of his career is an exciting prospect and will add to the anticipation of what is certain to be a top-class week of competition.”

For more information, please contact:
Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk 0203 176 0355

Olympia Set for an Exhilarating Competition as Carriage Drivers Come Charging In

The world’s top Carriage Drivers will be storming back into the Olympia Grand Hall, on Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December, with only one intention, to take home the top prize. The record holding six-time FEI World Cup™ Driving Championship winner, Boyd Exell (AUS), will be hoping to defend his 2015 title and extend his lead in the FEI World Cup™ Driving standings, but there are plenty of challengers in the line-up who will be vying to claim the coveted title.

Long-time rival Koos de Ronde (NED) will undoubtedly be one of them having competed in every show since 2011. De Ronde will be entertaining the crowds with his aggressive approach in the four-in-hand, battling it out with Exell and the rest of the field.

This colossal clash also welcomes back home-favourite, Daniel Naprous, lead member of the world-famous Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team, who will be looking to record his first World Cup Leg victory. Ranked seventh in the world Jozsef Dobrovitz Snr (HUN) will be looking to go one better than his result in 2015, after narrowly missing out on 1st place. His son Jozsef Dobrovitz Jnr (HUN), ranked fifth in the world will be making his debut, adding extra spice as the family rivalry will commence with no holds barred.

Drivers George von Stein (GER) and Theo Timmerman (NED) ranked eighth and ninth in the world respectively, will be looking to make their mark on this nail biting contest, as the entire hall will be treated to an adrenalin fuelled competition. The matter of ultimate success will come down to the smallest of margins, as pace and power must be matched with definitive precision.

World no.1, Boyd Exell, commented; “Olympia always has an enthusiastic crowd and the atmosphere is electric.  There is a strong line-up this year, but I hope we can repeat our result from last year.” For more information, please visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com.

For more information, please contact:
Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk 0203 176 0355

Clare Balding among Stars to Pay Tribute to Valegro ahead of His Retirement at Olympia

Ahead of the retirement of Charlotte Dujardin’s record breaking ride, Valegro, Olympia Horse Show has created a copyright free film, ‘A Tribute to Valegro’. It features celebrities such as Clare Balding OBE, Leona Lewis, Alistair Stewart OBE, and Natasha Baker OBE, as well as Carl Hester MBE and Valegro’s groom Alan Davies. The unrivalled partnership that Charlotte and Valegro have shared has not only broken countless records and claimed multiple medals; it has also won the hearts of everyone who has had the privilege of seeing them in action. This film captures just how special their journey has been.

Valegro’s official retirement from competition will take place in the Olympia Grand Hall on Wednesday 14 December. The retirement ceremony will follow the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle competition in what promises to be an emotional evening for Valegro fans.

To view the film, click here.

For more information, please contact:
Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk 0203 176 0355

Equestrian Olympic and Paralympic Medallists to Parade at Olympia

Picture Credit: Eric Knoll.

Olympia, the London International Horse Show, will welcome the 2016 Team GB and Paralymics GB Equestrian medallists in a celebratory parade, to take place on the evening of Friday 16 December.

Triple gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin OBE, and double gold medallist, Nick Skelton OBE, will lead the way in a parade to hail the fantastic achievements of the GBR Equestrian Team. Charlotte will be joined by her Dressage teammates, Carl Hester MBE, Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood, who together claimed Team silver.

The parade comes at the end of what will be an emotional week for Charlotte, who will be retiring her gold medal winning ride Valegro on Wednesday 14 December in front of a sell-out crowd following the FEI World Cup™ Freestyle competition.

Great Britain’s equestrian Paralympians won a phenomenal 11 medals in Rio, seven of which were gold, including an 11th gold for Paralympics GB’s Rio flag bearer, Lee Pearson CBE, who has now won gold medals in each of his five Paralympic Games.

Lee will be commemorating his achievements on the night alongside three-time Rio gold medallist Sophie Christiansen OBE and her victorious Dressage mixed teammates Sophie Wells MBE and Anne Dunham MBE, who alongside Natasha Baker retained the team title, making them unbeaten at Paralmypic, European and World level.

The unmounted parade will be a chance for fans to reminisce about the inspirational performances from Rio, which not only captured the spirit of the Games but also produced breath taking rides to bring home the medals. It is set to be a highly emotional occasion as the equestrian heroes of 2016 are celebrated in true Olympia style.

Show Director Simon Brooks-Ward commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such an exceptional group of riders to the Olympia Grand Hall and it will be a privilege to be able to applaud their exceptional achievements at the Show.”

Also taking part in the parade will be members of the Equestrian performance team and the owners of the medalling horses, ensuring that the event is a full celebration of the accomplishments of the Team and their associates, without whom it would not be possible.

Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation Clare Salmon says: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the fantastic achievements of our athletes in Rio at Olympia this year. It has been a great year for equestrian sport and what better way to celebrate than to share the moment with some of our fantastic supporters.”

For more information, please contact:
Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk 0203 176 0355

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907.  Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

Victoria Pendleton Will Star alongside Frankie Dettori in Jump vs Flat Jockey Clash at Olympia

Olympia, The London International Horse Show, is delighted to announce that double Olympic gold medallist, Victoria Pendleton, will be gracing the Olympia arena as she turns her hand to show jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16th December for the Markel Champions Challenge.

She will be plying her trade against the best in the racing world. The Challenge is made up of a flat jockey team captained by Frankie Dettori and a jump jockey team captained by current National Hunt Champion, Richard ‘Dickie’ Johnson. The flat team will also include about-to-be-crowned Champion flat jockey Jim Crowley. Both teams will be gunning for glory making the adrenalin fueled contest even money.

Frankie’s team: Frankie Dettori, Jim Crowley, Hayley Turner, Adam Kirby, 5th rider (TBC)
Dickie’s team: Richard Johnson, Victoria Pendleton, Sam Twiston-Davies, Tom Scudamore, Harry Skelton

The competition will see the five flat jockeys competing against the five jump jockeys over a challenging show jumping course built by the legendary course designer Bob Ellis. This exhilarating spectacle will task even the most experienced of riders, creating huge excitement around the Olympia arena for this year’s Friday evening performance.

Prior to the event, the former cyclist will undergo specialist training from a fellow Olympian, currently at the pinnacle of his career – Rio 2016’s individual show jumping gold medallist Nick Skelton. Nick will be giving Victoria special tuition as the multi-sport queen switches saddles yet again to take up this latest challenge.

Victoria Pendleton, multiple Olympic medallist, said:

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a prestigious event like Olympia. The Markel Champions Challenge will be an exciting competition with such a high calibre of jockeys and I’m really looking forward to riding in it. To be back involved in a team again and hear the excitement of the crowd will be immense. I just hope the jump jockeys can get over the line for the win!”

Juliet Redfern, Markel’s Managing Director of Equine and Livestock, said:

“It is fantastic to see the return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Markel are proud to be associated with such a credible cause at a brilliant event. To see Victoria on board will be enormously inspiring to everyone, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the competitors the best of luck.”

Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said:

“The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to be involved in this fantastic event. Not only will it be a lot of fun but it will help to raise awareness and crucial support for all injured jockeys and their families.”

To buy your tickets to this unique event and secure your place at one of the equestrian performances of the year, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:

Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk, 0203 176 0355
Injured Jockeys Fund: Liz Ampairee, liz@lizampairee.com 0773 333 1945
Markel International: Michael Henman, michael.henman@markelintl.com 0207 953 6000

Olympia, The London International Horse Show
The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907. Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

The Injured Jockeys Fund
The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. In the 50 years since, The Fund has spent over £18m in helping over 1000 jockeys and their families. The IJF has two respite and rehabilitation centres, Oaksey House in Berkshire, opened by Patron HRH The Princess Royal in 2009, and Jack Berry House in Yorkshire, which opened in the Summer of 2015. A third facility in Newmarket to be called Peter O’Sullevan House is currently being planned. www.ijf.org.uk

Spectacular Line Up of Int’l Displays Set to Perform at Olympia, the London International Horse Show

Organisers of the world’s favourite equestrian Christmas party, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, have announced a stunning new line up of international equestrian displays to be featured at this year’s Show, which runs from 13-19 December 2016.

The headliners include the world-renowned equestrian artist, Santi Serra, who is set to wow the 90,000 visitors with his Spanish flair and unique performance. Joining him will be the elegant Portuguese Lusitanos, often referred to as ‘The Pride of Portugal’, who will be showcasing their beautiful skills of horsemanship and harmony. In addition, the ever popular elements which make London’s premier horse show magical, such as The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Kennel Club Dog Agility and The Olympia Finale, will be back once again to delight the crowds of spectators attending this year’s Show.

Santi Serra will be making his debut at the Olympia Exhibition Halls with his beloved horses as well as his loyal four-pawed companions. Born in Spain, Santi Serra has a unique relationship with his animals, who he often refers to as ‘actors’. He communicates with them through mind and body and is able to put on a thrilling show demonstrating extraordinary choreography between horse, human and dog. Making a rare appearance in the UK this new to Olympia act will have the audience in awe.

Serra spoke of his delight at coming to London. “It is such a compliment to be asked to perform at Olympia. It is one of the best Shows in the world and the atmosphere is always electric. My team and I are really looking forward to entertaining the audience with our special routine.”

The world-class Lusitano Display is comprised of Portugal’s top riders and 16 stallions, hand-picked to represent their country in this demonstration of traditional Portuguese equestrian skills. The striking horses are mesmerising to watch with their beauty and flexibility emphasised through the breath-taking carousel routine.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a celebration of equestrianism and we work hard to bring a variety of displays to the event each year. This year we are delighted to be bringing a new display to Olympia which, combined with the Lusitanos, will bring high levels of entertainment for the audience and will complement the world-class competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. It is very exciting to have such an impressive line-up at Olympia this year.”

As well as the displays, audience members will be treated to the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16 December, which will feature high profile names, such as the legendary Frankie Dettori, in a relay jumping competition.

The world’s top competitors will be in attendance, as once again Olympia will host three FEI World Cup™ Legs in Carriage Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping.  The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Leg supported by Horse&Hound takes place on 13 and 14 December, the FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on 16 and 17 December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg presented by H&M on 18 December. The climax of the seven-day equine extravaganza will finish with the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 19 December.

For more information, please contact Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk or T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907.  Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

Markel Champions Challenge in Aid of Injured Jockeys Fund Set to Return to Olympia

Olympia, The London International Horse Show is delighted to announce the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16th December, which will feature high profile names such as the legendary Frankie Dettori and newly crowned National Hunt Champion, Richard Johnson.

The event, which sees some of the UK’s top jump jockeys test their mettle against their flat counterparts, made its debut at Olympia, The London International Horse Show back in 2014 and returns by popular demand for the second time in 2016.

Markel International, the specialist insurer, is proud to return as sponsor of the special class, which is set to be one of the highlights of the evening.

Captaining the flat team will be Frankie Dettori, a champion on the flat, who never fails to provide top class entertainment wherever he goes. Frankie will go head-to-head with 2015-2016 National Hunt Champion Richard ‘Dickie’ Johnson, stepping out of the shadows of Sir Anthony McCoy on the track and looking to fill ‘A.P.’s’ boots at Olympia too, following the success of the jumps team back in 2014.

The captains will select their teams over the coming months, with the final line-up set to be announced early in the autumn. Always highly competitive, there is no doubt that both Frankie and Richard will be looking to field the strongest teams available, as they lay down the gauntlet for the challenge. The class is sure to be a crowd pleaser and the fans may even be treated to one of Frankie’s infamous flying dismounts.

In addition to the entertainment value of the class, the Markel Champions Challenge is run in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, the charity which provides invaluable support for jockeys and the wider equestrian community.

Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, says:

“We are delighted to see the return of The Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The 2014 event was a great success and helped raise awareness of the important work we do at the IJF in supporting injured jockeys and their families.”

Juliet Redfern, Markel’s Managing Director of equine and livestock, says:

“We are thrilled to be supporting this exciting event at Olympia for a second time and hope that it raises lots of money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, which is a truly fantastic charity.”

Simon Brooks-Ward, Olympia, The London International Horse Show Director, says:

“We are very pleased to announce the return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. We are looking forward to seeing the top jockeys once again demonstrating their equine skills in the Olympia Exhibition Hall in an event which was one of the highlights of the 2014 Show. With the likes of Frankie Dettori and Richard Johnson involved this year, it is sure to be another great spectacle which will wow the audience.”

To buy your tickets to this fantastic event and secure your place at one of the equestrian performances of the year, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone box office on 0871 230 5580.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
Gayle Telford, E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk or T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Injured Jockeys Fund:
Liz Ampairee, E: liz@lizampairee.com or T: +44 (0)773 333 1945

Markel International:
Michael Henman, E: michael.henman@markelintl.com or T: +44 (0)207 953 6000

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907.  Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

The Injured Jockeys Fund

The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. In the 50 years since, The Fund has spent over £18m in helping over 1000 jockeys and their families. The IJF has two respite and rehabilitation centres, Oaksey House in Berkshire, opened by Patron HRH The Princess Royal in 2009, and Jack Berry House in Yorkshire, which opened in the Summer of 2015. A third facility in Newmarket is currently being planned. www.ijf.org.uk

Emile Faurie Foundation Announced as Official Charity for Olympia

The Emile Faurie Foundation, a charity that reaches out to underprivileged children started up by top International Rider and Trainer, Emile Faurie, has been announced as the official charity for Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2016, running from 13-19 December.

Founded in 1996, The Emile Faurie Foundation funds disadvantaged children living in inner cities and remote areas of the UK to have access to riding lessons and contact with horses. The charity was started as a way to remove one of the barriers to a sport that can enrich the lives of everyone who participates. The Emile Faurie Foundation offers courses that not only teach riding but help develop essential life skills such as boosting self-esteem, responsibility and discipline.

Emile Faurie said: “In 2016, our foundation will be celebrating its tenth anniversary, so we are thrilled we can finish off the year being part of Olympia Horse Show, as it’s one of the world’s iconic equestrian events. I’ve seen first-hand how much the charity can improve young people’s lives after being given the opportunity to ride and experience the joy and fulfilment of riding. It’s so crucial we are able to continue raising enough funds to reach out to more disadvantaged children, and give them a new exciting opportunity that could help turn their life around.”

Olympia organisers are delighted to be able to support The Emile Faurie Foundation as it is a charity with a purpose close to the hearts of many equestrian fans who visit Olympia, The London International Horse Show.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “The Emile Faurie Foundation is a great charity that offers a golden opportunity to children who wouldn’t usually be able to participate in equestrian activities. The work it does has a proven positive impact on a child’s life. We hope that their involvement with Olympia Horse Show will help them with their vitally needed fundraising and give them further recognition.”

The charity will be given a high profile on all material produced by Olympia Horse Show this year, together with a presence on the website, in the show programme and branding at the event. They will also have a bucket collection and hospitality opportunities and will receive 50p for every seat sold on the Thursday 15th December afternoon performance.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a highly-anticipated event and the climax of the 2016 equestrian sporting calendar, as competitors look to end the Olympic year in style. The Show will again play host to three FEI World Cup™ events in driving, dressage and show jumping, all of which are expected to feature the World’s top ranked athletes. For seven days, the world’s best equestrian stars will compete at the iconic Kensington Olympia venue at the height of the Christmas festivities.

To find out how to donate to The Emile Faurie Foundation or to purchase tickets, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk or T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Tickets to Go on Sale for Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2016

On Friday 29th April tickets will go on sale for the unmissable Olympia, The London International Horse Show which is coming back bigger and better than ever from 13th to 19th December 2016.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2016 is predicted to sell quickly following the announcement of an enhanced visitor experience, to go alongside the top class competition and displays that make up this popular event.  For seven days, the world’s equestrian stars will compete at the iconic Kensington Olympia venue at the height of the Christmas festivities.

The Show will be the climax of the 2016 equestrian sporting calendar, as the competitors look to end the Olympic year in style and will again play host to three FEI World Cup™ events in driving, dressage and show jumping, all of which are expected to feature the World’s top ranked athletes in the sport. The Dressage leg will kick off the FEI World Cup™ action on the 13th and 14th December, with The FEI World Cup™ Driving leg presented by Dodson & Horrell on the 16th and 17th December. Rounding off the medley of elite sporting competitions, The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping leg presented by H&M is set to provide a world-class spectacle on Sunday 18th December.

Supporting these feature events will be a schedule of first class action and entertainment, from the infamous Christmas Puissance, always a family favourite, to the Olympia Grand Prix which will provide a fitting conclusion to the week of top-class sport, as the world’s best show jumpers look to see off 2016 with their best performances yet.

Further enhancing the spectator experience will be a thrilling line-up of international display acts, as well as competitions from old favourites such as The Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility to more newly introduced spectacles due to be announced later in the year.

In between the exhilarating equestrian action spectators can explore the extensive shopping village, revamped for 2016 with larger walkways, a central feature and innovative product finders to help make a more efficient and enjoyable shopping experience. Inside the revitalised shopping village, visitors will discover over 220 pop-up shops selling a whole array of luxury goods and equestrian must-haves, along with a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants, with something to please the whole family.

Check in to the brand new website www.olympiahorseshow.com for more information on Olympia, The London International Horse Show and keep up to date with announcements of the performances due to set pulses racing in 2016.

Members can pre-order tickets via the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or by telephoning the box office on 0871 230 5580. Ticket prices vary.

For more information or imagery, please contact Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk or T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Olympia, The London International Horse Show
The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907.  Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971.  This year’s show takes place on 13-19 December 2016 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and The Kennel Club Dog Agility.

FEI Secretary General Voices Support for Officials at London Olympia

Lausanne (SUI), 24 December 2015 – FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez has today voiced her full support for the actions of FEI Officials at London Olympia on Monday night (21 December) when Irish rider Bertram Allen was disqualified after blood was found on the flank of his horse, Quiet Easy.

“I have absolutely no doubt that the protocols regarding blood on the horse were followed correctly at London Olympia on Monday night,” Sabrina Ibáñez said.

“Of course this incident has created a considerable amount of discussion on social media because Bertram Allen would otherwise have won the Grand Prix, so there is a high level of sympathy for him, but the FEI Officials were in Olympia – as they are at every event run under FEI Rules – to ensure a fair and level playing field and that the welfare of the horse is protected.

“Blood was found on the flank of Bertram Allen’s horse and, under FEI Jumping Rules, that results in mandatory disqualification. The situation was reported to the Ground Jury by the FEI Steward who had conducted the normal post-competition check on the horse and Bertram Allen was then informed of his disqualification in person by the President of the Ground Jury and the Foreign Judge.

“Let me be clear: disqualification under this rule does not imply that there was any intent to injure the horse, but it is crucial that the rules are enforced in order to ensure that horse welfare ‎is protected.

“It is very easy for any sports official to be criticised when they are simply doing their job. Everything at Olympia was handled correctly and in accordance with the rules, but there is no doubt that it was an unfortunate end to a wonderful event.”

FEI Jumping Rules Article 242.3.1
Mandatory Disqualification
3.1 Horses bleeding on the flank(s), in the mouth or nose or marks indicating excessive use of spurs or of the whip anywhere on the Horse (in minor cases of blood in the mouth, such as where a Horse appears to have bitten its tongue or lip, Officials may authorize the rinsing or wiping of the mouth and allow the Athlete to continue; any further evidence of blood in the mouth will result in Disqualification.)

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