London Olympia Horse Show
The festive season wouldn’t be complete – for those in the equestrian world, at least – without a trip to London. As a yearly tradition, two weeks before Christmas, the London Olympia Arena is hosting the Olympia 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.
This long-standing event (45th edition) combines equine know-how, stunning choreography, skillful riding and for the ultimate cuteness, events such as the Shetland pony Grand National.
Here’s a sneak peak of the empty riding arena just before showtime.
For dog lovers
It isn’t all about horses. Even dog lovers shouldn’t miss the event, because on Thursday the Kennel Club Dog Agility competition took place. A exciting competition, which includes an obstacle course where the dogs take part in a fast and furious race, in a test of their own agility and their owner’s ability to control them.
Before you start your shopping trip, you can have a delicious lunch at the festive “West End Restaurant”.
With a Shopping Village containing over 250 shops, there is no better place to purchase some Christmas treats for yourself or others. Selling a range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art, the village will have something for everyone. There are a few well-known brands at Olympia along with several ‘not on the high street’ shops, offering you some great Christmas present ideas and much more.
Are you ready for our favorite fashion picks?
British company Hayfield surprised us with their handmade fedora hats and feather brooches which complement any town or countryside lifestyle.
Equiclass, known for their handmade riding boots and accessories. As always, the Italian company had some beautiful boots on display, like these black suede boots with a sparkly horse. A fully bespoke service.
All things preppy at Sportinghares. We are a big fan of the Beauchamp blazer and the Windermere suede gilet.
Two typical British brands that caught my eye are Luxury Tweed (left) and Grays Country Gifts (right). Each piece of the tweed clothing collection is hand cut and made using the finest tweeds and wool from some of the oldest mills in Scotland and England. A real indulgence for every countryside lover! Luxury equestrian inspired cushions, homeware and leather goods are a must in your home if you are a countryside lover. You can find it all at Grays.
Are looking for a limited edition gift? Vero equestrian manufactures & retails hand crafted, limited edition bridles from the finest hand made English Sedgwick leather with Italian printed calf skin inserts. They only manufacture upto 20 bridles in each pattern making them both limited edition & being hand made individually unique. No two bridles are ever the same. When they are all gone, they are never reproduced.
We love the Olympia Horse Show. To be in London at Christmas time is great fun and the atmosphere is fantastic. When you plan your Christmas shopping in London next year, make sure you visit the event!