On Thursday The Duchess of Cornwall will be attend The London International Horse Show at Olympia. The show opened on Monday 16 December and will run until Sunday 21 December. The Duchess, a keen lover of horses and riding, has been Patron of the British Equestrian Federation since 2006. This will be the eighth year that Her Royal Highness has been in attendance.
Lord Vestey, President of Olympia, The London International Horse Show, and Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director will meet with Camilla before joining the President’s Box where she will take the Royal Salute.
Whist in the President’s Box, Camilla and guests will view The Kingsland Christmas Speed Stakes before being asked into the Arena to grant the Awards to the winner. The presentation of the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy to Louise Saywell will then be awarded.
The Duchess will then watch The Alltech Puissance from the President’s Box before returning to the Arena to present the awards accompanied by Mr and Mrs Patrick Charlton, Director of Alltech.
Later, she will meet some of the riders backstage from The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas Finale. She will then go into the arena where she will view the Puissance wall.
Over 85,000 people attend Olympia, The London International Horse Show throughout the week.
“The show mixes top class equestrian action including FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage with family entertainment including the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Since its conception it has raised over £500,000 for the charity,” according to Clarence House.
Camilla is known for her keen and passionate interest in horses. She is an avid rider in her spare time and frequently attends racing and other equestrian events.