Eighteen horses and sixteen riders will be making the trip across the English Channel to perform their renowned ‘Reprise des Douzes’, meaning ‘the resumption of twelve’, a spectacular ensemble of twelve chestnut horses to music. Choreographed to reflect the origins of French equestrianism and the way in which horses were ridden in battle, the combination of balletic Dressage movements, speed and precision, makes for one of the most technically difficult pieces of group riding.
With over 450 horses, the cavalry regiment of La Garde Républicaine are known for their roles within the security and pageantry sectors, adding tradition and splendour to state occasions, and a responsibility for security and protection in many important Parisian venues. Roles within the regiment are considered to be the greatest honour, demanding years of training for both horse and rider to reach the highest standard.
Colonel Philippe Delapierre, commander of the cavalry regiment, said:
“The cavalry regiment of the Republican Guard is extremely proud to be returning to Olympia Horse Show after seven years. It is a great opportunity to perform in front of the fantastic British crowd and celebrate the role of the regiment and its importance in the modern day.”
La Garde Républicaine will be part of a stellar line-up for this year’s Show, as crowd favourites such as The Kennel Club Dog Agility, Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas Finale supported by The Hilton London Olympia, return to the iconic venue, with a second display to be announced in due course.
Olympia is set to feature top international equestrian competition, as many of the World’s best riders are expected to attend the Show from Monday 17 – Sunday 23 December. Highlights include three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, the return of sell-out classes such as the Cayenne Puissance on Wednesday 19 December, last year won by Britain’s leading lady rider, Laura Renwick, and the pinnacle of the week’s Show Jumping action, the unmissable Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 23 December.