Andalusian dressage horses to perform at Olympia

Theresa McCaffrey

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The 2013 edition of the London International Horse Show at Olympia will be welcoming some very special guests this year.

Members of The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art will be returning to UK shores for the first time in 40 years. Audiences will be in for a real treat when this elite dressage organisation brings a series of impressive routines and demonstrations to Olympia. The Spanish school in Jerez is home to some of the world's best riders and they will be bringing this talent to London next month.

Riders perform in traditional, 18th century costumes onboard grey and bay Andalusianstallions,  a breed native to the Iberian Peninsula. These horses are famed for their agility, strength and beauty which combines perfectly for a truly spectacular live show. The Jerezinstitute trains its stallions for four years before they are even considered to be ready for performing on the big stage.

Anticipation is already hotting up for the arrival of the Spanish riders. Simon Brooks-Ward, chairman and chief executive of HPower Group who organises Olympia, told Horse & Country: "I was fortunate enough to see these beautiful Andalusian stallions and their expert riders perform at their school in Jerez this summer, and I was blown away by the sheer dexterity and emotion on display.

"Their gala evening performance is simply stunning and Olympia’s spectators are in for a real treat.”

The Andalusian riders will be putting on their world-famous 'How the Andalusian Horses Dance' show during the High School Gala on the opening night (December 16th) at Olympia. Audiences will be able to kick their week on dressage and equestrian off in style with a masterclass from the Spanish professionals.

There are a host of other events going during at Olympia up until December 22nd. There are a series of high-profile competitions along with fun displays. Tickets for the event start at £35.