The Pre-Christmas Show Jumping Event Is Held At The Olympia In London

Show jumping events are staged at different standards to cater for the various levels of riding abilities. The abilties of the riders will be reflected in the standards and types of horses or ponies that are used.

These events are held over an obstacle course of elaborately coloured fences, often with turns and changes of directions. The object is to complete the course within a set time without any penalty faults; this is called a clear round. Competitors with clear rounds qualify for the jump offs, which is a shortened course that has been increased in height, and the fastest clear round wins.

The Olympia International Horse Show takes place in London in December each year. This is a world renowned horse show where only the world's finest horses compete in such events as show jumping, puissance or dressage.

Once again the show welcomes FEI World Cup™ Dressage to London on the opening evenings - 15th and 16th December (Tues & Weds) in the form of a Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music, both supported by Horse & Hound.

The FEI International Dressage has become an established competition at Olympia in the last five years. With world class riders competing, it is often the only chance to see them in the UK.

This year's Show Jumping Competitions will take place on Thursday 17th December – Monday 21st December 2009.

London’s International Horse Show is the UK’s most important equestrian event with leading international riders competing. Olympia offers fantastic Christmas entertainment for all ages.

Each performance has a mix of international jumping, puissance or dressage as well as equestrian displays from:

  • The Metropolitan Police Activity Ride provides a fast moving display demonstrating a high level of skill and agility from both horse and officer.
  • Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National - the ponies are only 40" high but the competition will be just as fierce for this Blue Riband of steeplechasing. The racing is fast, furious and fun and the riders are as dedicated as any professional jockey would be.
  • The Kennel Club Dog Agility Championships - Dog Agility Finals at Olympia will be fast and furious as ever and the crowd will love it!
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  • The Olympia Christmas Finale

This international show jumping event held at the end of the year has a Christmas Shopping Village that offers a wide range of goods and products suitable for last minute Christmas shopping.

If you are looking for accommodation in London you may appreciate the listing of hotels near London Olympia

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