The biggest names in equestrian sport gather at Olympia for the Christmas horse-riding treat that is the spectacular London International Horse Show and fans can watch all the key action live on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.
A firm favourite on the global equestrian and festive sporting calendar, close to 100,000 people visit the show every year to see the some of the world’s greatest dressage riders, show jumpers and drivers in action, as well as the hundreds of stalls and exhibitions inside the vast Hammersmith arena.
Three world number ones, two of which are British, have been confirmed for Olympia this year in what promises to be a start studded line up, with record breaking dressage star Charlotte Dujardin and show jumper Scott Brash leading the line-ups in their respective fields, with seven of the world’s top ten show jumpers also confirmed to compete.
Last year’s thrilling dressage event saw Dujardin and her horse Valegro score 93.975 to set a new world record at the dressage World Cup, and both will be the star attractions in the event again this year, as they compete on home soil for the first time this year.
Dujardin has had a momentous year since smashing the world record in freestyle at last year’s Olympia, having added the FEI World Cup Finals and the World Championship titles to her already impressive collection of achievements.
Joining her at the London International Horse Show will be her mentor and GB team-mate Carl Hester, with Nip Tuck, on whom he won team silver at the World Equestrian Games in the summer.
Completing the British line-up are Spencer Wilton, making his Olympia debut with Numberto, Nikki Crisp and her own mare Pasoa and Hannah Biggs with stallion Weltzin.
In the show jumping event, seven of the top 10 riders in the world rankings are among the definite entries for what promises to be a must-see competition, with world number one Scott Brash from Great Britain leading the way.
The Scotsman, who has now held the top spot for over twelve months, will be joined by some of the biggest international names in the sport, including an incredibly strong team of German riders.
This includes Ludger Beerbaum, Daniel Deusser and Marcus Ehning who are three, four and five in the world rankings respectively.
The UK’s number one female rider Laura Renwick returns to defend her Leading Rider title which she scooped in 2013 and last year’s Olympia Grand Prix winner, Ben Maher brings a strong team of horses, including Puissance specialist, Noctambule Courcelle. Tim Gredley, Spencer Roe, and Guy Williams complete the British line-up.
This year’s edition is set to be another action-packed event and equestrian sport fans can once again enjoy their favourite action throughout Olympia week with extensive coverage on BBC TV and British Eurosport from December 17-23.
BBC Sport will have all the must-see action from the 2014 London International Horse Show at Olympia from December 16-22 across BBC Two and BBC Red Button.
Live coverage starts on Wednesday, December 17, with the finale to the World Cup Dressage Grand Prix on BBC Red Button at 8.00pm, as Charlotte Dujardin aims to replicate her performance from 12 months ago in the concluding freestyle event.
There is more Olympia action the following night as BBC Red Button brings viewers live coverage of the Alltech Christmas Puissance, described as equestrian’s equivalent to the high jump, at 9.00pm on Thursday.
Show jumping then takes centre stage at the weekend with the World Cup event live on BBC Two on Sunday, December 22, at 1.45pm, where eleven of the top 20-ranked showjumpers, led by Britain’s world number one Scott Brash, are also set to compete.
Monday night’s event finale – the Olympia Grand Prix – will also be shown live on BBC Red Button from 6.15pm, with a bumper four hours of coverage which also features the spectacular evening performance.
Highlights of the final day’s action, as well as a review of Olympia 2014 will be shown in a special hour-long programme on BBC Two on Tuesday, December 23, at 1.45pm.
Clare Balding will be at Olympia to present both BBC Two programmes from the event on Sunday and Tuesday, with Michael Tucker and Andy Austin on commentary duties for the showjumping, while Judy Harvey joins Tucker for the dressage competitions.
All BBC TV coverage will be available to watch/listen online via the BBC Sport website and app, while the BBC Two highlights show will be on BBC iPlayer shortly after transmission.
Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the event.
British Eurosport will also have live coverage of selected events from the 2014 London International Horse Show throughout the week.
The top class competitions shown live on the pan-European channel includes the Alltech Christmas Puissance, Christmas Speed Stakes and the event finale, the Olympia Grand Prix show jumping.
Online streaming of British Eurosport’s coverage can be accessed via Eurosport Player (subscription required), plus there will also be additional reports and features via the British Eurosport website.
Wednesday 17th December Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage: Freestyle LIVE: 8.00pm-10.40pm BBC Red Button
Thursday 18th December The Alltech Christmas Puissance LIVE: 9.00pm-10.15pm BBC Red Button / British Eurosport
Friday 19th December Christmas Speed Stakes LIVE: 6.15pm-7.15pm British Eurosport
Sunday 21st December Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping LIVE: 1.45pm-4.30pm BBC Two
Monday 22nd December Olympia Grand Prix LIVE: 6.15pm-10.15pm BBC Red Button / 8.45pm-10.00pm British Eurosport
Tuesday 23rd December Olympia Grand Prix Highlights: 1.45pm-2.45pm BBC Two