Thursday 14th of October 2021
Showjumping

Champions Lead the Way Into Liverpool

It will be a parade of champions in Liverpool next week with all roads leading to this year’s Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show.

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Liverpool Show

The Ride into Liverpool is an hour-long celebration that comes ahead of the Liverpool International, which takes place at the Echo Arena from December 31 until January 2.

And the group of around 50 invited riders who will participate in the event next Tuesday along a route from the city’s Garden Festival Site, then into Riverside Drive and on to Salthouse Quay before ending at the ACC Plaza and Echo Arena, includes two of last year’s big Liverpool winners.

Irish showjumping star Billy Twomey, winner of the inaugural Equestrian.com Liverpool International Grand Prix, will be among those taking part, in addition to the Allen sisters Pippa and Millie – Pippa beat her sister by just two hundredths of a second to win a thrilling jump-off and be crowned Liverpool Under-25 champion 10 months ago.

And organisers have confirmed that Great Britain Nations Cup rider and prolific Euriopean circuit winner Laura Renwick will also join the likes of 1981 Grand National-winning jockey Bob Champion, international showjumper Geoff Billington and carriage driver George Bowman on the ride, while Liverpool International’s charity partner the British Horse Society will send riders from their approved centres such as Croxteth Park, Beechley, Gellings and Knowsley Village.

Bob Champion returns to Liverpool, where 35 years ago he won the National on Aldaniti, two years after being diagnosed with cancer. His inspirational story was subsequently made into a film “Champions” when Bob was portrayed by actor John Hurt.

The ride starts at 11am, culminating in the arrival at the Echo Arena to a welcome party. Members of the public are invited to cheer riders along the route and welcome them on arrival at the Echo Arena around midday.

Showjumpers from across the globe will compete for a total £160,000 prize fund at Liverpool later this year. The stunning waterfront venue attracted bumper crowds for the show’s first running, and packed houses are again set to rock the city.

Showjumping action will be interspersed with performances that hold a wide family appeal, including music from the UK’s no 1 ABBA tribute band ‘Revival’, the Shetland Pony Grand National, carriage driving from George Bowman, with teams competing in a speed challenge, the Black Fire Girls and so much more.

And New Year’s Eve itself promises to be an unforgettable night, with exclusive acts lined up, including Collabro, the world’s number one musical theatre boy band and the winners of Britain’s Got Talent series 8, plus the Equitop Myoplast Puissance, which is always a show-stopper, and a spectacular indoor display of fireworks.

All tickets give access to the show’s shopping village from 9am each day, with the shopping experience featuring a fantastic range of products from high-end equestrian outlets, exclusive fashion retailers, unusual giftware and beautiful things for the home. There will be many food and drink outlets on-site, including an upstairs Champagne Bar and the new Mersey View restaurant, which is open all day and suitable for all the family.

VIP hospitality, meanwhile, offers a spectacular first-class ringside dining experience on the newly-designed raised platform at the head of the arena. Prices start from £165 + VAT per person. For information about all of the hospitality options, including private boxes for 12 people, please contact Mel at the show office on 01829 307676.

Show tickets start at just £11.50, with family tickets and season tickets available. The booking line number is 08448 000400, or tickets can be purchased online. For groups of 15 people and more, a 20 per cent discount on adult prices only for silver and bronze areas can be obtained. The booking line for this is 08445 617672.

For more information, visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

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