In addition to the world-class show jumping at the Liverpool International Horse Show, we have a packed programme of truly enthralling entertainment and sport. From the highly competitive Knockout and Puissance to the future stars of the Mini Major and culminating with the exciting three days of jumping and the Liverpool International Grand Prix.
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!
The crowd favourite…the Puissance features the one and only big red wall and is essentially a high jump competition run over 5 rounds, with riders knocked out if they knock it down (Riders are also eliminated from the competition if they are unlucky enough to stop at or knock down a warm-up fence on their way to the wall!). After round 4, riders left in the competition are given the option to share first prize or continue to round 5. Can a Brit win this year?? It’s been a class dominated by the Irish so far at Liverpool with Peter Smyth taking the title in year 1, and last year’s victory going to Chris Megahey.
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 warm-up.
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.