The world’s leading show jumpers will be out in force at this year’s TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show as they battle it out for a place in the prestigious TheraPlate UK Grand Prix on New Year’s Eve.
The Whitaker dynasty will be represented by elder statesmen John and Michael who are set to compete at this year’s event, which will round off 2019 in style at the M&S Bank Arena, December 28 to 31.
They will be joined by son’s Robert and Jack, niece Ellen and nephew William all competing for the major spoils over the four days.
Leading British stars, Holly Smith, Guy Williams, William Funnell, Louise Saywell, Matthew Sampson and Georgia Tame will be joining them to provide the very best show jumping sport in the run up to the New Year.
The show is always a huge draw for Irish riders with last year’s Grand Prix winner Shane Breen confirmed to attend. Shane will again be riding Golden Hawk – a leading stallion owned by new show supporters Old Lodge Stud. He will be joined by Daniel Coyle and Billy Twomey, a two time Liverpool Champion, Anthony Condon, Richard Howley and Mikey Pender.
Overseas riders include Sweden’s Angelie Von Essen, Germany’s Tobias Meyer and Italian Olympic rider Emanuele Gaudiano.
The Monday night Hope Valley Saddlery Puissance is certainly building to what looks set to be one of the hottest competitions of the show.
Fighting it out for the leading awards are puissance specialists Mikey Pender with Hearton de Bois Halleux, Nano Healy and KMS Clintland, Harry Whall with the well-established Quality Old Joker and Michael Whyte with Amaretto.
Show President Nina Barbour said: “With such a strong line up for this year’s event, we are set for a real treat on New Year’s Eve with what promises to be the most competitive TheraPlate UK Grand Prix to date.”
This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show takes place December 28 to 31, at the M&S Bank Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.
For further information and to book your tickets visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com