Equestrian artist Santi Serra and his performing horses are preparing to wow audiences at Britain’s Olympia Horse Show in December.
It will be the Olympia debut for the Spanish artist, who is also bringing his loyal four-pawed companions.
Born in Spain, Santi Serra has a unique relationship with his animals, who he often refers to as ‘actors’. He communicates with them through mind and body and is able to put on a thrilling show demonstrating extraordinary choreography between horse, human and dog.
Serra spoke of his delight at coming to London: “It is such a compliment to be asked to perform at Olympia. It is one of the best shows in the world and the atmosphere is always electric. My team and I are really looking forward to entertaining the audience with our special routine.”
Another special performance is ‘The Pride of Portugal’ Lusitano Display, comprising Portugal’s top riders and 16 stallions’, hand-picked to represent their country in a demonstration of traditional Portuguese equestrian skills.
The striking horses are mesmerising to watch with their beauty and flexibility emphasised through the breath-taking carousel routine.
The expected 90,000 visitors to Olympia will be treated to popular features such as the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and the Olympia Finale, from December 13 to 19.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a celebration of equestrianism and we work hard to bring a variety of displays to the event each year. This year we are delighted to be bringing a new display to Olympia which, combined with the Lusitanos, will bring high levels of entertainment for the audience and will complement the world-class competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. It is very exciting to have such an impressive line-up at Olympia this year.”
As well as the displays, audience members will be treated to the highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund on the evening of Friday 16 December, which will feature high profile names, such as the legendary Frankie Dettori, in a relay jumping competition.
The world’s top competitors will be in attendance for World Cup competition, with the Olympia Grand Prix on Monday, December 19 the climax of the seven-day equine extravaganza.