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Dujardin and Valegro Smash Freestyle World Record to Win Reem Acra Leg in London

New York fashion designer and sponsor, Reem Acra, with Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who broke the Freestyle world record with their winning performance at Olympia. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

London (GBR), 17 December 2013 – New York fashion designer, Reem Acra, was one of many to watch in awe as Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro smashed the Freestyle world record with a breath-taking winning performance at the London International Horse Show in Olympia tonight.  The result provides the 28-year-old rider and her mighty steed with the full set of world records for the sport of Dressage.

Double-gold medallists on home turf at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the combination has not been seen in public since adding the European individual title to their stunning list of achievements at Herning in Denmark this summer.  But their legions of fans were well-rewarded for the wait, as the dynamic duo marched resolutely to make it not just a British win in front of their home crowd at the much-loved Christmas fixture, but another watershed moment in the story of this most remarkable partnership.

Beirut-born Reem Acra chose the right night to make an appearance at one of the qualifiers she has been sponsoring for the last four years.  In another pivotal moment for the sport, Dujardin pinned the man who previously held the Freestyle record, Edward Gal, into runner-up spot.  It was also at Olympia that the Dutchman and the fabulous black stallion, Totilas, set the target at 92.30 back in December 2009, and tonight Gal produced a really strong test with Glock’s Undercover for a mark of 87.425 to finish almost seven percentage points clear of impressive young Dutch cohort Danielle Heijkoop who slotted Kingsley Siro into third.  Britain’s Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi finished fourth, while The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Romanov recovered from an uncharacteristically bad day in yesterday’s Grand Prix to finish fifth ahead of Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and the veteran Digby in sixth.

It was a glittering evening from start to finish, and, as Dujardin said tonight, the end result was “the best Christmas present!”

In her sights

After winning yesterday’s Grand Prix in which she finished more than four points clear of Gal and his black gelding, Dujardin admitted that she had the Freestyle record in her sights. “That’s the one I’ve got left to break, but whether I’ll do it here, obviously that’s what I want to do, but you know it just all depends on the night really and how it goes.”  As it happened, the night went just fine.

The golden pair followed Gal and Undercover into the atmospheric cauldron of Olympia’s Grand Hall, and you could hear a pin drop as the triumphal musical score created for their sensational Olympic appearance began to play.  Dujardin and Valegro needed to exceed Gal’s target score with Undercover whose self-discipline and self-belief seems to be growing with every outing.  The 12-year-old horse demonstrated some fabulous work with rock-solid piaffe and flowing canter to really throw down the gauntlet to the reigning Olympic individual champions, but nothing could throw that pair off their stride.  Quite often they have won despite major blunders, including yesterday’s error as they began their canterwork.  But tonight there would be no mistake.  “I had the ride of my life!” said Dujardin afterwards. “I thought at the Europeans, he gave me such a great feeling. I tried to recreate that without any blips, and that’s what I got!” she added.

Early target

It was Hans Peter Minderhoud who set the early target when third to go.  Although Glock’s Romanov looked ready to explode if he got the opportunity, his rider turned all that energy into pure performance for a mark of 77.675, therefore making massive amends for the exceptionally poor 13th finishing spot in yesterday’s Grand Prix.  And he was still out in front until Dutch counterpart Heijkoop posted 80.625 for a wonderful test with Kingsley Siro.  The 28-year-old rider who was a member of this summer’s gold medal winning team at the ECCO FEI European Championships is blessed with a quiet seat and a soft hand which allows her to keep her horse perfectly in balance, and the 14-year-old gelding breezed through wonderful extended canter, passage and piaffe to pull well ahead of the rest with just four more to go.

Next were Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and her great servant, the 16-year-old Digby who was retired from team competition this summer and who is now only making special guest appearances. But the Donnerhall gelding has clearly lost none of his lust for work as he registered a very creditable 76.900.  It was Gal however who put paid to Heijkoop’s dominance, only to be immediately displaced at the top of the leaderboard by Dujardin and her dancing horse. The power, the presence, the symmetry between horse and rider and the synchronicity with the musical score worked so perfectly.

Fellow-Briton Michael Eilberg ended the evening with a lovely test from the charming grey mare Half Moon Delphi for his score of 78.700 which would place him fourth, but it was golden girl Dujardin and her 11-year-old gelding Valegro who would take all the limelight as the 8,000-strong crowd gave them a standing ovation.

All I wanted to do

Talking afterwards, Dujardin said, “You all know I came here thinking about breaking the world record; that’s what I wanted to do, but thinking it and doing it is something else. To think I have that world record, in fact all three now, is fantastic… and to do it on home ground and in front of the supporters is incredible,” she pointed out.

She expressed her appreciation to friend, trainer and mentor Carl Hester who finished eleventh of the fifteen starters tonight with Fine Time.  “Thanks to Carl and for all those days of screaming at me! And thanks to everyone that has made this happen. I couldn’t do it without them,” she said, adding, “And thanks to Carl and Roly (co-owner of Valegro) who allow me to ride such a great horse!”  Talking about her winning score, Dujardin said, “I wasn’t sure how high it was going to be, but when I finished that left pirouette that went wrong at the Europeans, then I could breathe. What a ride!”

Hester meanwhile reflected on the development of his pupil and the extraordinary Valegro and on their record-breaking win tonight. “I was clever enough to give the ride to the right person rather than trying to do it myself. It was a privilege to see. It’s important for us older riders to see the sport develop. Roly (Luard) bought him (Valegro) for me, and I had to say let’s try and develop a partnership with Charlotte.  It is very exciting to see new people come in, and inspirational to young riders to see how quickly someone with talent and with a truly exceptional horse can go and win gold medals and break world records. We all love that story. I’m very, very, very proud of her,” said the 66-time British national dressage champion.

Poignant moment

Before the hectic prize-giving ceremony there was a poignant moment for Dujardin’s London 2012 silver medal winning team-mate Laura Tomlinson who officially retired her great horse Mistral Hojris, more popularly known as Alf.  Tomlinson and Alf were instrumental in Britain’s steady ascent in the world of international Dressage in recent years, and the 28-year-old rider said tonight, “I want to celebrate all he’s given me and the sport.  Alf is leaving British Dressage in very safe hands.”  She admitted that tonight’s performance by Dujardin and Valegro left her “speechless”, and she wasn’t the only one to be staggered by pair who now hold the full hat-trick of records – for Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle – tightly in their grasp.

Gal wasn’t too surprised that his Freestyle record, set in the very same arena four years ago, has now been broken. “Valegro is an amazing horse and Charlotte is a very good rider; I like them both. I always knew that someday it will happen,” he said.

For further information on the fourth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League series at Olympia, London, go to www.olympiahorseshow.com or contact Press Officer Jo Peck, Email JoPeck@hpower.co.uk, Tel +44 1753 847 900.

The next leg will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Saturday 25 January 2014.  For all information on the Dutch leg of the series, go to www.jumpingamsterdam.nl or contact Press Officer Charlotte Gunnink, Email media@jumpingamsterdam.nl, Tel: +31 205445720, Mobile +31 6383 25326.

Detailed result here.

Facts and Figures:

Olympic double-gold medallists and reigning European individual champions, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro from Great Britain, broke the world record for Grand Prix Freestyle when posting the winning score of 93.975 at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League qualifier at Olympia, London tonight.

The previous record of 92.3 was set by The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Totilas at Olympia in 2009.

The London International Horse Show at Olympia presented the fourth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 series.

New York fashion designer, Reem Acra, is in her fourth year of sponsorship of the FEI World Cup Dressage series, and the Beirut-born designer to the stars attended tonight’s event.

Riders from seven nations – Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, The Netherlands – competed in today’s Grand Prix Freestyle to Music.

Dujardin and Valegro also won yesterday’s Grand Prix with a score of 84.851.

The Ground Jury for tonight’s competition was: At H, Susan Baarup DEN; At C, Andrew Gardner GBR; At M, Isabel Judet FRA; At E, Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode NED; At B, Isobel Wessels GBR.

Quotes:

Charlotte Dujardin, when asked if she was affected by the intensity of the atmosphere and close proximity of the spectators:  “I can shut all that out, just focus on what I have to do. I don’t see anything around me, don’t hear anything. We were definitely loved up!”

FEI Dressage Director, Trond Asmyr: “It was just fantastic to be here on a night like this. There was no real discussion who would win after the rides; it was fantastic. As far as the development of British dressage is concerned, I’ve been following it for over 15 years now and it’s no surprise you are at the level you are – developing every year, consistent and thorough work and you are at the pinnacle of it!”

Andrew Gardner (judge at C): “I can remember the days when I finished (marking) a test and gave a 9 or two 9s – I can’t tell you how many 10s I gave today. I lost count; it was top class, really fantastic sport!”

Roly Luard, co-owner of Valegro, talking to Charlotte Dujardin at the post-competition press conference: “Myself and Carl are so proud of you and the horse and everything you’ve achieved; it’s just amazing!”

British rider Laura Tomlinson talking about the official retirement of her Olympic and European team gold medal winning ride, Mistral Hojris (stable-name Alf) tonight: “It was very emotional for me retiring Alf in front of a crowd like that; to think my days of training Alf is over.”

Edward Gal: “Last year I had (a score of) 74, now 87, so for the WEG maybe we will get 96!”

Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League – Standings after Round 4 at Olympia, London here: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/857/docs/WCDRE_04.pdf.

WATCH IT ALL AGAIN!  The full world record breaking performance of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will be available soon on FEI TV and as highlights on FEI YouTube channel.

Audio Links:

New York fashion designer and series sponsor, Reem Acra: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Reem_acra.MP3

Charlotte Dujardin: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Dujardin_WR.MP3

Edward Gal: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Gal_end.MP3

Carl Hester: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Hester.MP3

Reem Acra FEI Hub http://fei.org/fei/sponsors/reem-acra-and-fei gives access to extensive information about the series.

FEI World Cup Dressage, the only worldwide series in this discipline, has entered its 28th season. The series, created in 1985, is comprised of four leagues: Western European, Central European, North American (including Canada) and Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Asia). Each FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier consists of a Grand Prix test, which in turn is a qualification for the Freestyle to Music competition, where league points are accumulated towards places in the Final. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.

The complete rules, calendar, updated ranking and results are available here.

By Louise Parkes

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Tel: +41 787 506 133

At Olympia:

Jo Peck
Press Officer
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+447887 551879

Record Breaking Night at Olympia

Olympia, London 17 December 2013 – She came and she conquered. British Olympic and European Champion Charlotte Dujardin is the new holder of the world record score for freestyle. With her champion partner Valegro the pair scored 93.975% in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. The score beat the former world record of 92.3% set by Edward Gal and Totilas, also at Olympia, in 2009.

Charlotte and Valegro, owned by her trainer and mentor Carl Hester and longtime supporter Roly Luard, now hold the world record for all three grand prix tests. “I can’t believe it – I am over the moon and just ecstatic,” said Charlotte who was riding to her ‘Great Escape’ music for the last time. “I really wanted to come here and see if I could break the record to this music and at Olympia. It has been such an incredible journey with Valegro – I have achieved so much more than I ever imagined,” said Charlotte.

Each of the five judges individual scores was over the former record – French judge Isabelle Judet awarded an astonishing 96.625% – and the capacity crowd of 8,000, the largest ever on dressage night at Olympia, was on their feet applauding the bold and powerful performance even before the score flashed up on the board.

“Today I have given so many tens I have lost count which is a reflection of the quality of riders, horses and fantastic sport we have seen here,” said judge Andrew Gardner President of the Ground Jury.

Not only did the British pair rob Dutchman Edward Gal of his former title but also demoted him to second place. With the elegant Glock’s Undercover Edward enchanted the audience with a moving freestyle that highlighted the 12-year-old’s ability for piaffe and passage. The Dutch team rider was however gracious in defeat.

“I knew that losing my record would happen one day – so I just have to practice more for the future,” said Edward.

As in last night’s grand prix, young Dutch rider Danielle Heijkoop took third place on her first visit to the London venue with the 14-year-old Gribaldi gelding Kingsley Siro whose test made much of powerful passage and off the floor piaffe.

The British combination of Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi, last to go and following the new record holders had a hard act to follow but gave it their all to a foot-tapping Latin routine that earned fourth place.

Olympia debutante Lara Griffith also had a night to remember gaining ninth place on Andretti H formerly ridden by her mentor Laura Tomlinson who also came under the spotlight. It was however for the last time with her Olympic team gold medal partner Mistral Hojris who was officially retired.

“I am sad that Alf won’t be part of my future journey but glad that he is leaving British dressage in safe hands,” said Laura who won ten championship medals with the 18-year-old chestnut.

Audio Links:

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Dujardin_WR.MP3
Edward Gal (NED) – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Gal_end.MP3
Carl Hester (GBR) – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Hester.MP3

Final Placings

For details of the final placings in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg (Grand Prix Freestyle to Music), please click: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/857/docs/R_03.pdf.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show will be televised throughout the week on BBC Online, the BBC Red Button and Eurosport. Live coverage of the Longines FEI World Cup presented by H&M will be broadcast on BBC 1 between 13:45 and 16:30 on Saturday 21 December 2013.

For more information, please visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Throughout the week of 16 December, the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington, London will play host to packed timetable of all things equestrian and boasts a total of over 80,000 visitors. The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup Jumping, Dressage and Extreme Carriage Driving with family entertainment, such as The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art display and the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Olympia Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 and is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions. Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18 December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.

For more information, please contact Hannah Grissell, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Email: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 207 592 1207

London International Horse Show Olympia – Three Live Events on FEI TV

Scott Brash (GBR), pictured here with Hello Sanctos on his way to victory at the opening leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Oslo (NOR), heads to the London International Horse Show Olympia as leader of the Longines Rankings (Roger Svalsroed/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 16 December 2013 – Tune in to the FEI’s wide range of online information resources for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage, FEI World Cup Driving and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping at the Olympia Horse Show, the “World’s Best Equestrian Christmas Party”, this week.

Watch live

Live action on FEI TV, the FEI’s official online video platform, kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday, 17 December) with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle at 19.40 GMT, followed by the seventh qualifier for FEI World Cup Driving on 20 December at 18.10 GMT and the fifth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping on Saturday, 21 December at 14.40 GMT (see full FEI TV live schedule here).

FEI TV subscribers can also now watch all the action on their iPhones, as well as iPads, thanks to the new and free FEI TV on the Go application.

In addition to live coverage, the FEI’s official YouTube channel carries interviews with riders, as well as competition and behind-the-scenes footage – feel free to share!

Get the info

Our detailed press kits for each of these series, which are updated after every leg with results and standings, can be downloaded from www.feipresskits.org.

We also have dedicated online hubs, giving you access to all you need to know about these exciting series: Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage hub, FEI World Cup Driving hub, Longines FEI World Cup Jumping hub.

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At Olympia:

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Three World No. 1s Compete at Olympia, The London International Horse Show 2013

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

6 December 2013 – Three FEI-ranked world No.1 riders will compete at Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December 2013, as final entries for London’s premier equine show were announced today.

Dressage sensation Charlotte Dujardin, show jumping superstar Scott Brash and carriage driving legend Boyd Exell, who are all currently leading the rankings in their respected sports, are amongst the confirmed entries for what is regarded as the world’s best Christmas equine party. It will be the first time in the history of Olympia that three world No.1s have competed at London’s premier horse show.

Dressage

London 2012 hero Charlotte Dujardin (GB) will compete her Olympic gold medal winning horse, Valegro in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg, supported by Horse & Hound on 16 and 17 December. The formidable pair won this competition at Olympia last year and Dujardin, who was shortlisted for The Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year earlier this month, will be hoping to repeat that feat.

Amongst those bidding to spoil Dujardin’s Christmas party is Edward Gal (Glock’s Voice) and Hans Peter Minderhoud (Glock’s Romanov) from the Netherlands who are regulars at Olympia. Charlotte’s GB Teammate, Carl Hester will compete Fine Time 13, the horse with which he won the National Championships with in September. A notable absentee is Dujardin and Hester’s London 2012 Teammate, Laura Tomlinson (nee Bechtolsheimer). However, Tomlinson’s stable jockey and Reserve National Champion, Lara Griffith, makes her Olympia debut on Andretti H.

Ben Maher and Noctambule Courcelle
Ben Maher and Noctambule Courcelle

Show Jumping

The Top Three FEI-ranked show jumpers in the world, Scott Brash (GB), Ben Maher (GB) and Ludger Beerbaum (GER), are all triple handed with horses in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Leg, presented by H&M. Scotland’s Brash, who recently clinched the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Doha, elevating him to No.1 spot this week in the FEI world rankings, brings Bon Ami, Hello Annie and Ursula XII to Olympia. Maher has Aristo Z, Diva II and his London 2012 superstar Tripple X III and will also be reunited with Noctambule Courcelle in the Alltech Christmas Puissance, on whom he won the famous competition in 2010 and 2012. Legendary Beerbaum brings his three top horses Carinou, Chiara 222 and Zinedine.

Other notable entries include European individual gold medallist Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) with Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois and Britain’s current No.1 female show jumper, Laura Renwick.

Brash said: “To go to Olympia, which is one of my favourite shows, as FEI ranked world No.1 is a very special feeling. This year has been unbelievable for me and there would be nothing better than to top it off with a good week at Olympia.”

Extreme Carriage Driving

Six of the world’s best drivers will compete in the exhilarating Extreme Driving FEI World Cup on 19 and 20 December; the first competition being a warm-up to give the running order of the deciding second.

Koos de Ronde
Koos de Ronde

The line-up includes three 2013 European team gold medallists, Koos de Ronde, IJsbrand Chardon and Theo Timmerman from the Netherlands; two 2013 European team silver medallists from Germany, Daniel Schneiders and Michael Brauchle; and driving on a wild card is two time world gold medallist, four time World Cup Champion and current leader in the FEI Driver standings, Australia’s Boyd Exell. Representing Great Britain is the only female in the competition, Georgina Hunt, who is seven times National Pony Team Champion.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show will be televised throughout the week on BBC Online, the BBC Red Button and Eurosport. Live coverage of the Longines FEI World Cup presented by H&M will be broadcast on BBC 1 between 13:45 and 16:30 on Saturday 21 December 2013.

For more information, please visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show
Throughout the week of 16 December, the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington, London, will play host to packed timetable of all things equestrian and boasts a total of over 80,000 visitors. The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup Jumping, Dressage and Extreme Carriage Driving with family entertainment, such as The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art display and the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Olympia Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 and is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions. Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18 December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.

For more information, please contact Hannah Grissell, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Email: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk  Tel: +44 (0) 207 592 1207

London 2012 Hero Charlotte Dujardin Rides with the Household Cavalry

Wednesday 4 December 2013 – World number one dressage rider and double Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, went back to the roots of her sport today by riding with the Household Cavalry in Hyde Park, London.

Dujardin, who will next be seen in action competing at Olympia, The London International Horse Show on 16-17 December, is seen here riding ‘Integrity’, a Cavalry Black who is one of the lead horses in the Household Cavalry parades.

The London 2012 gold medallist, who is shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Award, said: “It is a true privilege to go back to the roots of the sport that has given me so much joy and an honour to ride a well-known Cavalry Black horse.

“It is so interesting to experience how the sport of dressage has developed from the military and how they use the same skills of training that have been integral to the cavalry throughout history. These same skills are required between horse and rider even today to exhibit the grace and technique in a dressage competition.”

Dujardin will be hoping to win the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg, supported by Horse & Hound, for the second year running on 16-17 December at London’s premier horse show in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, Kensington.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show takes place on 16-22 December 2013 and will be broadcast throughout the week on BBC and Eurosport. For tickets and information, visit www.olympiahorseshow.com.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Throughout the week of 16 December, the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington, London will play host to packed timetable of all things equestrian and boasts a total of over 80,000 visitors. The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage with family entertainment, such as The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art display and the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Olympia Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 and is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions. Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18 December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.

For further information please contact:
Hannah Grissell
Email: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk
Tel: 07786 052926/ 0207 5921207

Top Ranked Riders in the World among Nominations for FEI World Cup Jumping at Olympia

Ben Maher on Aristo Z at Olympia 2012. Photo credit: Kit Houghton.

22 November 2013 – Seven of the world’s top 10 FEI-ranked show jumpers are set to compete at Olympia, The London International Horse Show on 16-22 December, as nominations for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping leg presented by H&M were announced this week, guaranteeing another year of exhilarating top class sport at London’s premier equestrian show.

Amongst the entries include current world number one ranked show jumper Ben Maher (GBR), who has nominated three of his best horses, Tripple X III, Cella and Aristo Z. Since winning team gold at London 2012, Maher’s success on the international circuit has continued to soar, with victories this year in the inaugural Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London in June, the prestigious Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead in August, team gold at the FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark, and more recently he bagged the valuable Prize of GEZE GmbH at the highly regarded CSI5* Stuttgart German Masters.

The 29-year-old said: “I love competing in front of the Olympia crowd, and winning two competitions there in 2012 was just fantastic – there is simply no other show like it! 2013 has been an unreal year for me and I just hope that I can put the icing on the cake by winning once again at Olympia.”

Maher’s GB teammate, Scott Brash, has also nominated three of his top horses, including superstar Bon Ami fresh from his two CSI5* successes in one week in Verona, Italy. Brash’s other nominated mounts include Hello Annie and Ursula XII.

Among the 48 nominated riders is Britain’s number one ranked female rider, Laura Renwick, who has nominated four horses. Three members of the Whitaker family, Michael, John and Robert, have also been nominated.

From overseas, strong entries have come from the Netherlands and Germany. Individual silver medallist from London 2012, Gerco Schröder (NED), is nominated along with Sydney 2000 Olympic team gold medallist Marcus Ehning (GER), who is currently ranked third in the world.

Rising Portuguese star Luciana Diniz, who sits one behind Ehning in the FEI Rankings, is nominated with three horses: Upper Star, Winningmood and Fit For Fun 13. This year’s competition has just one potential Irish contender in Cian O’Connor, who has nominated his London 2012 individual bronze medal winning horse Blue Lloyd 12.

The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping leg presented by H&M takes place during the afternoon performance on Saturday 21 December 2013 and limited tickets are still available. Coverage will be broadcast live on BBC1 from 13:45-16:30*.

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

*TV schedule subject to change, please check listings nearer the time.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Throughout the week of 16 December, the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington, London, will play host to packed timetable of all things equestrian and boasts a total of over 80,000 visitors. The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage with family entertainment, such as The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art display and the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Olympia Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 and is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions. Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18 December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.

For more information please contact Hannah Grissell, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Email: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk – Tel: +44 (0)207 592 1207.

Mouth-Watering Line-Up for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg at Olympia Horse Show

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

20 November 2013 – The world’s most sensational dressage duo, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro head the formidable line up of nominated entries for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg supported by Horse & Hound, which takes place at Olympia, The London International Horse Show on 16 and 17 December 2013.

Dujardin, who has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year 2013, is also nominated to ride Valegro’s Olympic gold medal winning team mate, Uthopia , but it is likely that she will only compete him if Valegro does not line up. Whichever of the London 2012 heroes Dujardin rides, she will face strong competition with entries from eight different nations, setting the scene for what could be one of the most competitive dressage competitions ever staged at Olympia.

The current FEI ranked world number one rider said: “Winning the FEI World Cup Dressage at Olympia in 2012 on Valegro was just incredible and the support from the home crowds is always humbling. There are very few competitions in the world that compare to the atmosphere at Olympia and it is undoubtedly one of the greatest shows there is. Fingers crossed we can repeat our success from last year.”

Amongst those bidding to take on the current Grand Prix world record holder is Charlotte’s trainer, Olympic and European team mate Carl Hester, who will be riding Fine Time 13, with whom Carl won his eighth National Championship title in September 2013. Another Team GB mate of Dujardin’s, Michael Eilberg, who made his British team debut at this year’s European Championships, is entered with his team bronze medal partner, the British-bred mare Half Moon Delphi, with whom he was well placed in fifth at Olympia last year.

The overseas raiders include a powerful Dutch team, including three of the European team silver medallists, Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Danielle Heijkoop. While Gal and Minderhoud are popular regulars at Olympia, rising star, 26-year-old Heijkoop will be making her Olympia debut fresh from winning the CDI 4* Grand Prix and Special at the 2013 Oldenburg, Germany earlier this month.

Multi-disciplined rider, Ingrid Klimke, the only German representative at this year’s FEI World Cup Dressage at Olympia, rides one of the youngest horses in the competition, nine-year-old Dresden Mann. The highly talented Klimke, who competes in top level eventing as well as dressage, was last seen in the UK at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials where she came fifth.

A notable absentee from this year’s line-up is Laura Tomlinson (nee Bechtolsheimer). However, Tomlinson’s stable jockey, Lara Griffith, makes her Olympia and World Cup debut on Andretti H. The 18-year-old gelding was formerly ridden by Tomlinson, but with Griffith on board at the National Championships, the duo performed an eye catching test to come second to Carl Hester and will certainly be one to watch at Olympia.

Tomlinson will instead be taking part in a special performance with her long-standing dressage partner Mistral Højris – more fondly known as Alf – during the evening programme on Tuesday 17 December to celebrate the superstar’s retirement.

Tickets for Olympia, The International Horse Show start at £35 each and discounts for groups, children and concessions apply for certain performances. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Throughout the week of 16 December, the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington, London, will play host to packed timetable of all things equestrian and boasts a total of over 80,000 visitors. The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage with family entertainment, such as The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art display and the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Olympia Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 and is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions. Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18 December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.

For more information please contact Hannah Grissell, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Email: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk – Tel: +44 (0)207 592 1207.

Laura Tomlinson’s Dressage Superstar ‘Alf’ to Say Farewell at This Year’s Olympia

18 November 2013 – Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) will pay tribute to her long-standing dressage partner, Mistral Højris – more fondly known as Alf – during a special moment in the evening programme on Tuesday 17 December 2013 to celebrate the superstar’s retirement.

Tomlinson and Alf have been instrumental in helping to define modern British dressage. The formidable duo broke on to the international dressage circuit in staggering style in 2005, and they have arguably been responsible for the dominant position that the sport finds itself in today in Great Britain.

Tomlinson and Alf’s medal haul began at the 2005 FEI European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Barzago (ITA), from which they can boast team silver and individual bronze medals. The pair’s most notable achievements include team silver and individual bronze at the FEI European Championships in Windsor (UK) in 2009; three silver medals at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Kentucky (USA); team gold and individual bronze at the 2011 FEI European Championships in Rotterdam (NED); and of course, most recently team gold and individual bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On her 18-year-old gelding that she owns with her parents, Wilfried and Ursula, Tomlinson commented, “Alf has given me and my family so much joy over the years, especially on the four occasions that we’ve competed together at Olympia, and in my eyes he’s more than earned his retirement.”

Alf’s retirement at Olympia, The London International Horse Show will mark the end of a highly successful eight year partnership; a partnership which has captured the hearts of dressage supporters worldwide, and one that has taken British dressage to a whole new level.

The programme on Tuesday 17 December will also feature the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg (Freestyle to Music) supported by Horse & Hound.

Tickets for Olympia, The International Horse Show start at £35 each and discounts for groups, children and concessions apply for certain performances. 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 further information please contact:
Tim Welland
Tel: +44(0)207 592 1207
Email: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk

Spectacular Spanish ‘Dancing Horses’ of Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to Perform at Olympia

1 October 2013 – For the first time in forty years the UK will get the chance to witness one of the most outstanding displays of horsemanship in the world.  The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is one of only four* ‘High Schools’ of its kind and its show has become so prestigious that it attracts visitors from all over the world to its home in Jerez De La Frontera, south-west Spain.  This December they are coming to London to perform at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, to bring a touch of Spanish magic to one of the oldest shows on the international circuit.

The school’s famous equestrian ballet show is titled ‘How the Andalusian Horses Dance’ and combines classic dressage with Doma vaquero, the traditional working riding discipline of Spain.  The display is brought to life by vibrant Spanish music and authentic eighteenth-century style costumes.

The stunning white and bay stallions used by the school are all pure Spanish-bred Andalusian horses.  The breed has been native to the Iberian Peninsula for 3,000 years and their poise and nobility made them a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government and used by Kings across Europe for centuries.  Today, they are renowned for their agility and striking beauty, with their strong but elegant build and long, thick manes and tails.  Each horse at the Andalusian school must complete at least four years of training before they are fully capable of mastering the complicated techniques and ready to perform in front of an audience.

The Royal Andalusian School will be thrilling the crowd twice a day throughout the Olympia week, the 16th to 22nd December, in a shortened version of their famous show.  However, on Monday 16th December Olympia is presenting ‘The High School Gala Evening’ which will give visitors the opportunity to see the school’s full exhibition.  The complete repertoire shall include technical and intricate equestrian moves in advanced dressage, traditional Spanish country skills, driving and work in-hand.  A show-stopping group display of horses and riders finally come together in unison to complete the magnificent performance.

More details of the choreographies included in the full repertoire:

– Doma vaquera: The rider drives the horse around the arena using only one hand, from trotting to galloping, changing rhythm and performing pirouettes and arreones. These are movements needed in the country when handling cattle herds.

– Classical dressage: Horses carry out advanced equestrian exercises, always in time with pieces of classical music which accompany them.

– Driving: A demonstration of the exciting skills of carriage driving. These horse-drawn carriages, originally used for transport but these days relegated to sport and exhibitions, are driven by coachmen using classical harnesses.

– Work in hand: Classical high school dressage exercises such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), the Spanish walk and long rein, all completed by the horse with the rider on foot.

– Carrousel: A group of horses and riders, in unison, perform advanced equestrian exercises in the arena to provide a most fitting end to the performance.

Tickets for Olympia, the International Horse Show, start at £35 each and discounts for groups, children and concessions apply for certain performances. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the website at www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

* The other three schools are The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and The Cadre Noir in Saumur, France.

For more information, please contact Tim Welland/Rod Kohler, Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Email: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk
Tel: 0207 592 1207

The London International Horse Show Olympia Appoints Revolution Sports + Entertainment

25 September 2013 – Olympia, The London International Horse Show, one of the oldest and most established shows on the international circuit, has appointed Revolution Sports + Entertainment to build the event’s profile in the lifestyle press, and maintain the close relationship the show enjoys with its core equestrian media.

Running from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd December, this year Olympia will feature three FEI World Cup legs in Jumping, Dressage and Driving, as well as displays from The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art – the first time in 40 years that the world famous grey and black stallions have visited Great Britain.

Jo Peck, Head of Marketing at Olympia, said, “Revolution has a proven track record of taking the sport into new and original editorial areas. This approach, coupled with an in depth knowledge of the sport and great relationships with the equestrian media, made it a very easy decision for us to make.”

Rod Kohler, Managing Director at Revolution, said, “Olympia is a great show and we want to maintain its position as an equestrian Christmas institution with people of all ages for many years to come. We are delighted to have been appointed by Olympia, and look forward to working closely with them over the coming months as we prepare for the show.”

The show was originally started in 1907 and ran up to the outbreak of the 2nd World War. In 1972 Raymond Brooks-Ward reintroduced the event to the unique exhibition halls and his son Simon has run it since 1992.

For further media information, please contact:
Rod Kohler
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
T: +44(0)207 592 1207
E: tim@revolutionsports.co.uk
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