Incase you’ve been hiding under a rock, where no festive or equestrian news can reach you, last week was Olympia week. You may already have seen my vlog, which went up on Wednesday and includes a behind the scenes tour. But here are a (rather large) selection of images, from my three days spent ringside.
Since I was a small child, the Olympia London International Horse Show has marked the beginning of Christmas for me. So the level of nostalgia it provides, every single year, is pretty high. Break open the box of Quality Streets, because the famous Olympia finale is when Christmas can officially begin.
This was the second year I have attended with a press pass and I truly hope that the excitement of being involved behind the scenes of this show, never wears thin.
It is an absolute honour to be granted access-all-areas, and to be given permission to create an equine blogger’s content of dreams, with Olympia photos and video galore.
In fact, if you get to the end of this blog post, the mince pies are on me. Sorry it’s a long one, but I just couldn’t choose my favourites.
This year, I think I can speak for a large proportion of the audience, when I say that the Metropolitan Police display was a firm favourite. Jumping through rings of fire and untacking as they rode along, they blew the crowds away and received a standing ovation for almost every performance.
For me, a few personal highlights included the demonstrations from Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. Whilst they were unable to compete this year and a certain Blueberry was sorely missed, it was great to see them both still getting involved with the show.
I also absolutely loved puissance night. It is a bit of a running joke in our family, that my non-horsey Dad who can’t ride one side of a horse, thinks he could jump that notorious wall with his eyes closed. He says you just sit there and kick.
It was a fabulously competitive class this year and I had the added excitement of photographing the action from inside the ring, which was a little hairy at times, when the horses just about slowed down in time. I think perhaps if my Dad had been standing where I was standing, with the wall looming up ahead, he may have just eaten his words. 😉
And of course, you all know by now that I have a passion for seeing pretty, well turned out ponies, trotting sweetly around a ring… So for me, although it isn’t the most adrenaline filled performance of the week, the showing is always a pleasure to watch.
As somebody who wants everything in life to be aesthetically pleasing, all those shiny coats and sparkling white socks are always bound to float my boat. The quality of this year’s Mountain and Moorland ponies was phenomenal and I wanted to take so many of them home.
All in all, it was (and always is) such a fabulous show. Full of family fun, high action entertainment and some absolutely stunning animals.
I would like to extend the biggest of thank you’s, to the team at Olympia. They work so hard to put on this spectacular show, every year and every year it gets better and better. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be a very small part of it.