Eventing Grand Prix Final to Take Place at Liverpool International 2019

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TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show Hosts Exciting John Oates Horseboxes Eventing Grand Prix Final

THIS year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show will host the prestigious final of the new John Oates Horseboxes Eventing Grand Prix a ‘must watch’ after the two exciting qualifiers earlier this year.

The country’s leading event riders are set to travel to the M&S Bank Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to contest Captain Mark Phillips’ course of show jumps and cross-country fences at the evening performance on Sunday, December 29.

The qualifier at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show in June saw a great win for Gemma Tattersall riding Santiago Bay. Jay Halim and Abrisco finished second, with long-time leader Bill Levett taking third on Athleet V. The remaining three Liverpool places were filled by Emma Hyslop-Webb, Hannah Bate and Jeanette Brakewell.

Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Santiago Bay Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix - The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show 2019
Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Santiago Bay Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix – The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show 2019

The second leg of the series took place at the Equitop Bolesworth Young Horse Championship in August and produced a superlative win for Nicky Hill and Kilrodan Sailorette, fast becoming the one to watch in Eventing Grand Prix style competitions after their win at Hickstead this summer.

Well known names Polly Stockton, Joseph Murphy, Andrew James and Emily King will also be hoping to gallop to success in this fast-paced competition.

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Said TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show President, Nina Barbour:

We were delighted with the success of the Eventing Grand Prixs at both shows and can’t wait to witness the fantastic talent of Britain’s leading event riders indoors at Liverpool.

“I evented for a number of years, it is a fantastic sport and the Eventing Grand Prix brings a new dynamic to the show helping us to round off the year in superlative style.”

Captain Mark Phillips, one of the world’s leading cross-country course designers, will once again build the course, his tracks at both Bolesworth events meeting with universal approval from competitors and spectators alike.

This high calibre spectacle will include 20 of the country’s top event riders tackling a course of show jumps and feature cross-country fences, against the clock in the M&S Bank Arena.

The competition will see show jumps standing at a maximum of 1.25m, with three seconds added for each fence knocked down.

There will also be an optional joker fence at a maximum height of 1.35m providing greater thrill and excitement throughout the competition.  The cross-country fences will be at British Eventing Intermediate level.

An ‘Audience With’ session at 4pm on the Sunday will feature leading event riders Mary King and Oliver Townend, and show jumper turned commentator Geoff Billington.  The occasion will let fans enjoy, learn and interact with the equestrian  stars.

Celebrate the New Year in style with world class equestrian action, unrivalled entertainment and live music at the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show.

Horses, champagne, indoor fireworks and a rock royalty party band – it’s going to be a New Year to remember at the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show.

New Year’s Eve at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena is set for an epic evening of family entertainment and world class sporting action.

Prepare for an awe-inspiring evening complete with an electric countdown to midnight.

Extra special performances include the Shetland Pony Grand National, live band ‘The Kings’, as well as all new acts; LED Trial Bike Display, aerial acrobats and stunt horses.

Liverpool International Horse Show
Liverpool International Horse Show

Music by The Kings provides a line up of rock royalty ready to reign at this year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show.  Fronted by the vocally brilliant Mitchel Emms (finalist on BBC’s The Voice).  They’ve got energy, talent and are ready to rock!

New for 2019 is a high tech, high-energy live action show which will keep you on the edge of your seats.  Each intensely choreographed performance will include world-class trial bike riding and LED dance routines in an intoxicating mix of lights, pyro and nail-biting stunts.

Also new is this year’s innovative mix of equestrian and performing arts.  The act perfectly integrates acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and music all showcased in this year’s spectacular and visually stunning entertainment.

The Evening Performance kicks off at 7pm with the €75,000 TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show Grand Prix, showcasing some of the world’s best horses and riders, all with their eye firmly set on winning the top prize of the show. The fences will be set at a staggering 1.60m high, and riders will also be competing for much sought after Longines World Ranking points.

Image of Oliver Fletcher competing at Liverpool International Horse Show
Image of Oliver Fletcher competing at The TheraPlate Liverpool International Horse Show

There’s more equestrian action with the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Knockout, involving riders racing against each other over two sets of mirror image fences.  This nail biting class promises to be the fastest and most furious showjumping you will see all weekend.

If you want to enjoy a truly special New Year’s Eve why not dine in style and be a part of the exclusive VIP platform experience. Located on the multi-levelled gallery overlooking the Main Arena, each table enjoys the best views in the house.

View from the VIP area at Liverpool International Horse Show
View from the VIP area at The TheraPlate Liverpool International Horse Show

With a welcome glass of champagne, table service, delicious 3-course meal and all the amazing equestrian sport and entertainment, there is no better way to experience the show.

This year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from December 28 to 31.

To reserve VIP Hospitality tickets on the VIP platform please telephone 01829 307676 or email hospitality@liverpoolhorseshow.com

Family tickets start from £16pp (plus fees). To book tickets and for further information visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

 

 

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