Fans come from all over Europe to behold this grand event that occurs annually at the Olympia London International Horse show. Even though the event takes place in late December, ticket booking starts as early as May. This includes bookings for accommodation and sitting. With its continued popularity, each year, it gets better.
In 2014, the seven-day show included not only dressage shows, but also the Shetland pony Grand National, The metropolitan Police activity Ride, Show jumping and the kennel Club Dog agility performance. Clearly, there was something for everyone in attendance.
Olympia Dressage Star
Decked in a dark colored tailed coat, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro went ahead to break another record with their breathtaking grand prix, breaking the 87.46% former record and also the 94.3% points for the freestyle. Dressage training helps a horse to acquire technique crucial to either racing or other sport activity as it learns to be keen and attentive to the rider. The routine movements, when done with precision and with fluidity score points for the overall performance. A rider and his or her animal communicate with ease such that it almost seems that the horse is moving at will and not under subtle guidance. The end result is a safe, comfortable horse for future riders.
The side shows
Different spectators who came for the Olympia Horse Show 2014, come in for different shows, and it really does no harm to check the schedule in advance to know which show is most appealing. Show jumping is a sport favored by those that are particular about horse agility and athleticism. Jumping is creatively designed to appeal to the eye, with colorful displays elaborately packaged. The rider and his ride jump over obstacles that vary from water, stone walls and bars. There is the Oxer bar which is composed of two verticals close together, a triple bar and even the hogs back which is a spread fence with three rails. The penalties pop when a horse refuses to jump and obstacle, exceeds the time limit or knocking down a rail. Ben Maher riding Diva made a spectacular show of jumping, maintaining his former position.
Some have argued that the metropolitan police activity ride is a bit over the top, but a consideration of the purpose of the show can shed light to the whole idea. Since it involves jumping fire and other hair raising actions, it is no different from what the police go through during normal training, and is in fact quite appropriate when performed in controlled environment.
Riders of 9-14 years of age participate in the Shetland Pony Grand National show. Which is a fast paced race to show off the young one’s abilities. It is also a great reservoir for future jockeys and racers. Young ones are also thrilled about the display of canine agility by the Kennel Club Dog show.
The Olympia Shop
Such a celebrated event require at least a souvenir, and the International Equestrian Displays Shopping village is a home to all that and more. Guests were able to bring home beautiful art, key chains and stuffed animals. The beauty of this is that is even a luggage drop of point so one need not cart around the items bought. Hotels bookings can be made online, even specifying the requirement for maybe, a walking distance to the event venue. Disabled visitors have their own sitting areas, completed with toilets fitted for the disabled. In the coming years, it is expected that the show will keep getting more competitive, with even more participants. If you want your equine to participate in such a prestigious show, then start grooming your loving horse with best quality equestrian equipment from a store like Robinsons Equestrian where the superior products are available at competitive prices.