Olympia, The London International Horse Show has announced that its 2021 edition will relocate to ExCeL London and take place from 16-20 December.
The Olympia London venue in West Kensington, which has been home to the horse show for the last 49 years, is currently undergoing a re-development plan. As a result of Covid-19, the building activity for the re-development programme has accelerated. The revised construction programme will restrict the use of the venue for events in December 2021, hence the decision to move the Christmas horse show from Olympia London to ExCeL London.
Event director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “We are very pleased that we are able to stage the event at ExCeL London. This venue offers us the opportunity to build on all the aspects of the Christmas horse show that our visitors, hospitality guests, sponsors, competitors and officials know and love. The scope and flexibility of ExCeL will enable us to add new features and will allow a larger arena with integrated hospitality.”
“Our 90,000 strong audience can expect to see the best international competition including three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Jumping, Dressage and Driving, alongside the usual international equestrian displays, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and, of course, the Christmas Finale.”
Simon Mills, executive director, exhibitions at ExCeL London said: “We are delighted to welcome the international horse show to ExCeL. We’re really looking forward to working with the organising team to create a memorable event for the equestrian community.”