Olympia, The London International Horse Show
Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World.
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The Organising Committee of Olympia, The London International Horse Show announced today that with great regret it has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Show.
Over the last few months, the Olympia organising team has been looking at multiple scenarios to try to stage the indoor Show with the health and welfare of everyone involved at the heart of that decision-making process. Reluctantly, it has been concluded that it is not possible to run the event in December 2020 given the commercial implications of the government social distancing guidelines and the numerous additional Covid-19 safety requirements.
Unfortunately, this means that the Olympia feature events, including the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, the Olympia Grand Prix, the Puissance, the FEI Dressage World Cup™ and the FEI Driving World Cup™ qualifiers will not be held in 2020, along with the international displays and all of the traditional Olympia festive entertainment.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “My father, together with Clarion Events, started the Olympia Horse Show in 1972 and it has run every year since, meaning that this year would have been our 49th show. My brothers and I have attended every Show and therefore I completely empathise with the sadness felt by our visitors, who will not be cheering, laughing, and clapping in the Grand Hall this year. I also understand the disappointment felt by our competitors, officials, sponsors and particularly our trade stand exhibitors, who would have been particularly looking forward to the Christmas boost that Olympia gives them.
“Olympia holds a special place in the equestrian world’s hearts. Generations of families have held their Christmas parties at the Show and many will not be able to imagine a Christmas without a visit to Olympia. However, we are looking forward to being back in 2021, with a bumper Show to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
“I am extremely grateful for the supportive messages we have received from the equestrian community over the summer and am only sorry that we are unable to be with them at Olympia this Christmas.”
The 2021 edition of Olympia, The London International Horse Show will return from Wednesday 15 – Monday 20 December.
In 2020 Olympia, The London International Horse Show will run from Wednesday 16th December to Monday 21st December. In a move to consolidate the Show, organisers have taken the option to hold the 12 performances over 6 days rather than 7. None of the performances or competition has been lost and all the excitement of Olympia will remain.
This will mainly affect the FEI World Cup™ Dressage classes which traditionally take place in the first half of the Show week. The highlight classes by day are outlined below but you can view the full programme on this website here
Wednesday 16th December
- Afternoon Performance FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix
- Evening Performance Olympia Puissance
Thursday 17th December
- Afternoon Performance FEI Driving World Cup™
- Evening Performance FEI Dressage World Cup™ Freestyle to Music
Friday 18th December
- Afternoon Performance The Christmas Pudding Stakes
- Evening Performance Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund
Saturday 19th December
- Afternoon Performance The LeMieux Six Bar
- Evening Performance FEI Driving World Cup™
Sunday 20th December
- Afternoon Performance The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™
- Evening Performance The Under-25 British Championship
Monday 21st December
- Afternoon Performance The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship
- Evening Performance The Olympia Grand Prix
Simon Brooks-Ward, Director of both events said: “I speak on behalf of all of us, when I say that we are all devastated. Jon was not only one of the most experienced and competent international jumping judges, he was also a wise head, passionate about the sport and a great friend with a wonderful sense of humour. To say he will be missed is an understatement. Our thoughts are with Mary and their family.”