Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Big names fly in for equestrian Odyssey

Tim Stockdale, Conor Swail and Zoe Salmon support the launch of The Northern Ireland International Horse Show

The local and international riders who will be thrilling crowds at The Northern Ireland International Horse Show have been announced.

The show-jumping stars from Great Britain and Ireland will have their eye on the £100,000 jackpot at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Showcasing their talent at the show will be international riders Roelof Bril and Jochen Munsterhuis from the Netherlands and Raephael Goehrs from France along with Dirk Demeersman and Pieter DeVos from Belgium.

The show will serve up top class show-jumping from today until Sunday.

British and Irish riders planning to entertain the fans include Conor Swail, Cian O'Connor, Billy Twomey, Harry Marshall, Shane Breen, Marion Hughes, Edward Doyle, Benny Kuenhle, Marie Burke, Joanne Sloan Allen, Anthony Condon, Trevor Breen, Robert Smith, Nick Skelton, Geoff Billington, Ellen Whitaker, William Funnell, Tim Stockdale, Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker and Mark Armstrong.

As well as the show-jumping, fans will witness a variety of display acts including Pignon and his dancing horses, the Cossacks death defying stunts, Crufts winner Kath and collie Spice.

For the glamorous fashionistas there is also the inaugural Ladies Day on Sunday in association with The OUTLET with £250 worth of

vouchers up for grabs for the best dressed lady.

Former Miss Northern Ireland and Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon added a tough of glamour to the launch of the show.

The spectacle also marks the end of an era for a certain equestrian celebrity as Mr Springfield is due to retire at Sunday's Grand Prix event.

Mr Springfield's impressive track record includes several major wins such as the British Open, the Olympia Show, Horse of the Year Show as well as the Nations Cup at Hickstead, ridden by Olympian Robert Smith.

Show President Joe Sloan said equestrian fans across Northern Ireland were in for a real treat.

“We are delighted with the calibre of equestrian talent who have signed up for the show,” she said.

“It is testament to the show that such stars are lining up to compete.

“We are expecting top-class show-jumping as well as the very best in Pony Club games and equestrian displays which will make for superb spectating for all the family.”

Anyone hoping to snap up tickets for the show should visit www.odysseyboxoffice.com.

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