In addition to the world-class show jumping at this Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show, we have a packed programme of truly enthralling entertainment and sporting spectacular. From the highly competitive Knockout and Puissance, to the future stars of the Mini Major and culminating the exciting three days of jumping with Equestrian.com Liverpool International Grand Prix.
The Puissance is a high jump competition, featuring the famous big red wall, which is designed to push horses and riders to their limits! The first round starts with 4 fences including the wall, and knocking any of these down result in the horse & rider leaving the competition. From round 2 onwards, just one warm up fence and the wall are left. A layer is added to the wall after each round, and heights often exceed a staggering 7ft!
2016 winner Peter Smyth cleared 7’1’’ to beat fellow Irishman Shane Breen in a nail biting final.
The knockout is a very fast class, starting with 8 pairs of horses and riders, who in turn race against each other up and down a mirror image track of show jumps. Seconds are added for any poles knocked down. 4 pairs come forward for round 2, followed by 2 pairs in the semi final and then one very fast final which is not for the faint hearted.
Last year’s final saw Belgium’s Constant Van Paesschen and GB’s Chloe Aston go head to head, with Chloe narrowly beating Constant
The Mini Major is the chance for the up and coming future stars on their ponies to team up with the pros in a Pairs Relay, and have a bit of fun in fancy dress at the same time! The pros jump the first half of the course trying not to let down the kids who take up the baton and finish the round. Seconds are added for poles knocked down, and the fastest combined time wins!
Local rider Corinne Collins and pony rider Oscar Hobby were this year’s speedy winners
Equestrian.com Liverpool International Grand Prix
This is the class that all the riders have come far and wide to win!! The culmination of an exciting week’s jumping the Grand Prix has the highest prize fund (last year worth 60,000 Euros), and has the most Longines World Ranking Points up for grabs.
The fences stand at a staggering 1.60m high, and the best riders in Europe come head to head in a World Class competition.
Last year’s Grand Prix victor was Ireland’s Billy Twomey, with popular GB veteran John Whitaker in runner up spot, and Sweden’s Peder Frederickson in 3rd.