Entries confirmed for Olympia Horse Show

December 9, 2011

Several of the world's top jumping and dressage riders have confirmed their attendance at Olympia, with competition starting at the London International Horse Show next Tuesday.

The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage leg features three combinations from the 2011 British Gold Medal winning team from the FEI European Championships. Carl Hester and Uthopia, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and Laura Bechtolosheimer and Mistral Hojris will be aiming for the first ever British win in the dressage at Olympia ahead of the London 2012 Olympia Games.

Dressage at Olympia takes place over the first two days with the Dressage Qualifier on Tuesday the 13th and the Freestyle to Music (Kür) on Wednesday the 14th.

Show Jumping at Olympia is also looking strong with eight of the world's top 20 riders confirming their intention to compete.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), currently number 2 in the Rolex Rankings, Pius Schweizer (SUI) (4), Kevin Staut (FRA) (6) and Dennis Lynch (IRL) (8) are all making the trip to London next week.

Showjumping starts on Thursday, December 15 and finishes on the final day of the show, Monday the 19th. Thirty-six riders from 16 nations, with 110 horses will take part in the jumping. Highlights include the Alltech Christmas Puissance on Friday night, The Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifieron Sunday afternoon, The Six Bar on Monday afternoon and The Olympia Grand Prix on Monday night.

All the top British riders will also be in attendance with the country's top 11 competing. Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker, Guy Williams, Laura Renwick, John Whitaker, Will Funnell, Robert Whitaker, Robert Smith, Scott Brash and Peter Charles will all be there.