Nominations for FEI World Cup Jumping at Olympia Announced

Eleven of the Top 20 show jumpers in the Longines World Rankings are set to compete at Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December, including World No. 1 Scott Brash.

Nominations for the CSI5*-W show were announced this week and among them are some of the biggest international names in the sport, including World No.3 Marcus Ehning (GER), World Equestrian Games Team Silver Medallist Kevin Staut (FRA) and this year’s World Cup Final winner, Daniel Deusser (GER). New kid on the block, 19-year-old Bertram Allen (IRE), is also on the list, with the mare that propelled him into the limelight at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this year, Molly Malone V.

Forty-one out of the 51 riders are from overseas, including Dutch riders Maikel van der Vleuten and Jur Vrieling, who won Team Gold at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. London 2012 Individual Gold Medallist Steve Guerdat (SUI) and glamorous French rider, Pénélope Leprevost – who has become a regular at Olympia in recent years – are both on the list.

Among the British nominations are the Whitaker dynasty of Michael, John, William and Robert as well as Britain’s No.1 female rider, Laura Renwick, who will be no doubt looking to defend her H&M Leading Rider title which she scooped in 2013. Last year’s Olympia Grand Prix winner, Ben Maher, is aiming to bring four horses, including Puissance specialist, Noctambule Courcelle. Spencer Roe, Joe Clee and Guy Williams complete the British line-up.

Show Jumping takes place during every performance from Thursday 18 December to Monday 22 December. Highlights are the Alltech Olympia Puissance on Thursday 18 December, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Leg on Sunday 21 December and the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday 22 December.

Olympia will broadcast live on BBC2 on Sunday 21 December and available to view on Eurosport, the BBC Red Button, online and connected TV on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Monday 22 December. In addition a special highlights program will be aired on BBC2 on Tuesday 23 December (subject to change).

Nominations for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg at Olympia, The London International Horse Show
Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
Markus Saurugg (AUT)
Francois Jr Mathy (BEL)
Constant Van Paesschen (BEL)
Jos Verlooy (BEL)
Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
Marlon Zanotelli (BRA)
Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP)
Satu Liukkonen (FIN)
Simon Delestre (FRA)
Alexandre Fontanelle (FRA)
Marie Hécart (FRA)
Jerome Hurel (FRA)
Pénélope Leprevost (FRA)
Kevin Staut (FRA)
Scott Brash (GBR)
Joe Clee (GBR)
Ben Maher (GBR)
Laura Renwick (GBR)
Spencer Roe (GBR)
John Whitaker (GBR)
Michael Whitaker (GBR)
Robert Whitaker (GBR)
William Whitaker (GBR)
Guy Williams (GBR)
Daniel Deusser (GER)
Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER)
Marcus Ehning (GER)
Marco Kutscher (GER)
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER)
Patrick Stühlmeyer (GER)
David Will (GER)
Bertram Allen (IRL)
Denis Lynch (IRL)
Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA)
Bart Bles (NED)
Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED)
Maikel van der Vleuten (NED)
Jur Vrieling (NED)
Geir Gulliksen (NOR)
Luciana Diniz (POR)
Martin Fuchs (SUI)
Steve Guerdat (SUI)
Pius Schwizer (SUI)
Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE)
Peder Fredricson (SWE)
Douglas Lindelow (SWE)
Henrik von Eckermann (SWE)
Lauren Hough (USA)
Reed Kessler (USA)

Top Names Announced for FEI World Cup™ Driving at Olympia

Seven of the world’s leading drivers will compete in the FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell at Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place from 16-22 December. Among them will be the current World Champion, Boyd Exell (AUS), and last year’s Olympia winner, IJsbrand Chardon (NED).

Since its inception at Olympia three years ago, FEI World Cup™ Driving has become a favourite amongst regular visitors to the Show who thrill to the spectacle of the world’s top four-in-hand drivers manoeuvring their horses at speed round an exacting course.

Triumphant from winning the gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August, Australia’s Boyd Exell heads the line up at this year’s Olympia bringing with him his usual masterly rein-handling skills and split-second timing. Last year’s Olympia winner, IJsbrand Chardon (NED), himself many times World Champion, will no doubt be looking to defend his title but he will face strong competition also from his fellow countrymen Theo Timmerman and Koos de Ronde. Together these three took the team gold medal at this year’s World Equestrian Games with Timmerman claiming individual bronze.

Representing Great Britain as a wild card is Daniel Naprous, who previously competed at Olympia in 2012. Naprous, who combines his sport of carriage driving with a successful career in stunt riding and driving, will doubtless have the support of the home crowd as the only Brit competing in the competition. Completing the competitive line-up are Fredrik Persson (SWE) and Glenn Geerts (BEL), both highly accomplished and successful four-in-hand drivers.

The driving competitions are scheduled for Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 December, with the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final, presented by Dodson & Horrell, taking place during the Saturday evening performance. The extremely competitive rounds preceding Saturday’s Final provide drivers and the horses with an excellent opportunity to hone their skills in the indoor arena while keeping spectators on the edge of their seats.

Competitors for the FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell at London Olympia

• Fredrik Persson (SWE)
• Theo Timmerman (NED)
• Koos de Ronde (NED)
• Glenn Geerts (BEL)
• IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
• Daniel Naprous (GBR)
• Boyd Exell (AUS)

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact Hannah Grissell hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk or +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 16-22 December 2014 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 which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Kennel Club Dog Agility. The show’s official charity for 2014 is The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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