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Olympia Announces ‘Dressage Unwrapped’ Presented by Hester, Hughes, and Davison

Organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show are delighted to announce that a brand-new event, ‘Dressage Unwrapped’, will take place on Monday 16 December at 4pm. Under the glass roof of Olympia Grand, three of Britain’s most celebrated dressage riders, Carl Hester, Gareth Hughes, and Richard Davison, will unwrap the secrets of dressage for the Olympia audience.

In a ninety-minute event they will explore all aspects of dressage, including producing, training, and managing dressage horses, what it means to compete, and how to cope with the pressures of competition. There will be plenty of entertaining discussion between the three of them and perhaps a few disagreements along the way. Whatever happens, the crowd will certainly learn something and definitely be entertained.

Hester, Hughes, and Davison will invite some of their well-known equestrian friends as students to help them demonstrate their points. To date these include Performance Manager to Britain’s Senior Eventing Team, Richard Waygood, and one of Britain’s best loved eventers, Olympic, World, and European Medalist Pippa Funnell. Further celebrated equestrian guests are to be announced in the near future.

Ticket holders for the Monday evening performance, which includes the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix, will have exclusive access to the ‘Dressage Unwrapped’ session.

Olympia Show Director, Simon-Brooks Ward, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting our first ever ‘Dressage Unwrapped’ at this year’s Show and are proud to be welcoming Carl, Gareth, Richard, Pippa, and Richard to the arena. I’m looking forward to hearing about the other mystery guests.

“I know this is going to be a very entertaining event, but I hope it will also be educational and provide some great insights into dressage. It will really add to Monday’s Olympia performance.”

‘Dressage Unwrapped’ will take place on Monday 16 December, at 4pm, as a part of Monday’s already publicised mix of displays from The Shetland Pony Grand National, The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, Jean François Pignon and his new ‘Black and White’ display, and the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound.

To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

Dressage Radio Episode 91 – British Team Dressage

Richard Davison, World Class Performance Manager for British Dressage, shares with us the team’s progress, prospects and expectations leading up to the 2011 European Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games. Mary Lauritsen is in the co-host seat from sunny Florida. Listen in right here…

Dressage Radio Episode 91 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Host: Chris Stafford
  • Co-host: Mary Lauritsen
  • Photo Credit: Jo Prestwich
  • Guest: Richard Davison, World Class Performance Manager, British Dressage
  • News: U.S. to Send Young Riders to Aachen
  • News: Wellington Classic Spring Dressage
  • News: World Dressage Masters, Palm Beach, March 9-11, 2011, European Entries
    • Tinne Vilhelmsson (SWE) – a five time Olympian who represented Sweden at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Vilhelmsson has already tasted victory at the site of the WDM Palm Beach. Riding Favourit, she won the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W at the Jim Brandon Center on January 22, 2011.
    • Anne Van Olst (DEN) – at her fourth Olympic Games in 2008, Van Olst was a member of the Danish team that won the bronze medal. A veteran of multiple European Championships, the two-time Danish Champion helped her team to finish fifth at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
    • Michal Rapcewicz (POL) – when Rapcewicz competed at the 2009 World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, he made history as the first Polish rider ever to compete in the Final. He has also represented his country at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games.
    • Valentina Truppa (ITA) – a two-time European Young Rider Champion and three-time Young Rider World Cup Champion, Truppa is Italy’s top dressage competitor and a rising star in the international dressage world. This will be her first time in North America.
    • Anja Ploenzke (GER) – the leader of the WDM rankings following the WDM Hickstead in 2010, Ploenzke is a past bronze medalist at the German Dressage Championships.
    • Christa Laarakkers (NED) – this will be the second WDM appearance for Laarakkers, who is also campaigning in the World Cup Dressage Western European League 2010/11 season.
  • Link: EQUISKETCH – handy App where you can create, study and even animate your test
  • Link: Audible.com free e-book and 14 day trial
  • Link: Hallway Feeds iPhone App Promo – free download at iTunes


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