Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Olympia, The London International Horse Show
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Olympia, The London International Horse Show, sometimes referred simply as the Olympia Horse Show, is one of the biggest equestrian competitions in the United Kingdom and one of the oldest events of its kind in Europe. The event is held under the auspices of the British monarch, it attracts about 80,000 spectators every year. The show is held in the Olympia Exhibition Center in West Kensington, London, England.

The first international horse show to be held in London took place in June 1907 in West London. It was attended by Kind Edward VII and featured skilled equestrians from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, France and even Russia. The show was discontinued in 1940. It was briefly resurrected in 1947, but the modern history of the Olympia Horse Show began in 1972. It has since become one of the highlights of the country’s equestrian calendar.

The program of the Olympia Horse Show includes international competitions in different equestrian disciplines (dressage, show jumping, etc.), international displays, extreme driving, performances by equestrian theaters, and more. For an entire week in December, the Olympian Exhibition Center is transformed into a kind of an equestrian kingdom where attendees can admire horses of different breeds and colors in all their glory as well as enjoy spectacular horseback riding competitions.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show is the only equestrian show in the United Kingdom to host all three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving (FEI stands for the International Federation for Equestrian Sports). Each performance consists of an equestrian competition and a variety of displays from across the globe. All days except Tuesday and Wednesday have an afternoon performance and an evening performance; on Tuesday and Wednesday, there are evening performances only.

The show also hosts a Shopping Village with more than 250 shops. Along with all things equestrian, the village cells Christmas gifts, jewelry, clothes, novelty items, wines, and fine art.

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