Winner Announced For The North West Schools ‘Design A Jump’ Competition

A YOUNGSTER from Cumbria has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Design a Jump competition in association with The Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show. The brand new show is the newest international sporting event to be held in Liverpool, and will take place at the Echo Arena over the New Year holiday from 1-3 January 2016. Schoolchildren across the North West were asked to create a design for one of the show jumping fences that will be brought to life as a bespoke jump to be included within the Arena course at the event.  Children were asked to get creative and use paints, crayons or computers to create a colourful and eye-catching show jump design. Several of the entries included famous Liverpool landmarks and views including the Liver Buildings and the city’s skyline. Nine year old Olivia from St Martin & St Mary’s Primary School in Windermere, beat off stiff competition with her winning design involving musical notes, iconic song lyrics and guitars. Olivia’s classmates at St Martin & St Mary’s Primary School also received 200 free tickets for the New Year show as part of the prize package. Show Director, Nina Barbour, said: ‘The show team have really enjoyed reviewing the competition entries and were so impressed by the children’s vivid imaginations and the creative efforts made to produce their masterpieces. They felt that the winning artwork reflected Liverpool’s musical heritage which is something we are really celebrating during the show, with live performances from acts such as The Bootleg Beatles. We are so excited to welcome the children and their families to the Arena to see the specially-designed jump positioned within the course, and during the show it will be seen by more than 30,000 people.” The winner of the Liverpool International Horse Show ‘Design A Jump’ Art Competition was presented with her winning jump by European Games Bronze medallist show jumper Abi Newbery. Abi won Bronze Individual and Team medals at the European Games in 2012. She continues to compete at 1.45m/1.50m ranking classes and is aspiring to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games. European Games Bronze Medallist Abi Newbery commented:  “I’m delighted to be here to present Olivia with her prize and I can’t wait to see her designed jump in place in the Arena in the New Year. The Liverpool show is going to be incredible and the excitement is really building among the riders.” Visitors heading to the New Year show will be able to enjoy 3 days of live music, food, fashion and family entertainment taking place around an unforgettable showcase of world-class show jumping action in the main arena. As well as the international sporting action, each performance will be packed with family-friendly, high energy acts including live music from The Bootleg Beatles and the Bella Voci opera duo, daring tricks from stunt rider Clemence Faivre, as well as thrilling antics from the world-record breaking ‘The Horseman Team’ and the fire-breathing ‘Black Fire Girls.’ Children will get to experience the high speed dash of the Shetland Pony Grand National, bringing all the excitement of a day at the races, condensed down to Shetland pony size. January shoppers keen to spend their Christmas money will be able to browse at more than 60 retailers in the extensive shopping village next to the ‘collecting ring.’ Head-teacher at St Martin & Mary’s School, Judith Gore, added:  “We are proud to have a strong sporting ethos at our school and encourage the children to get involved with all aspects and activities. I am delighted that Olivia has won this competition and we are so grateful for this opportunity, I have very many excited children looking forward to seeing the Horse Show. ”