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Stars of sport head to Liverpool for horse show

THE Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show is set to host the biggest and best sporting spectacle at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront this New Year.

Kicking off on Friday 28th December world-renowned double individual Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin OBE will light up the stage for the opening night of this equestrian and family extravaganza, with a rare guest appearance from the living legend that is multiple medal-winning horse Valegro.

Charlotte Dujardin is the most successful British dressage rider and winner of all major titles and world records within the sport and spectators will see her compete on the night with her super-talented, grey mare Florentina VI. Dujardin will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester MBE to host a signing and meet & greet session for young aspiring riders before the show. The line up of dressage superstars competing at the show also includes Ulrik Molgaard, Nicki Crisp, and London and Rio Paralympic Gold Medallist Sophie Wells.

Charlotte commented: “Having competed at Liverpool International last year it is great to be returning and to partner Florentina in such an electric arena will be fantastic.”

As well as seeing the super stars of dressage, visitors to this incredible show will experience a world-class display of show jumping with the biggest names in the sport from around the Globe arriving in Liverpool to compete. Famous names such as Olympic hero John Whitaker and several members of the talented Whitaker family – Michael, John and Robert along with 2018 World Equestrian Games team member Holly Smith and one of the world’s top female riders, Laura Renwick will all be heading to the city for a chance to get on the leader board.

The event will have a real family feel as Liverpool-born Peter Charles supports his son Harry in the 4*, with daughters Sienna and Scarlet also competing in the under 25 category. And Irish eyes will be smiling as two-time Liverpool International Grand Prix Winner, Irishman Billy Twomey returns to the Arena to defend his prestigious title.

The incredibly high level of international competition each day will be nail-biting enough then crowds will witness the spectacle of brand new Horse Stunt action from Gilles Fortier who will be performing his spectacular pyrotechnic routine ‘Phoenix’, as well the much-loved entertainment of the Shetland Pony Grand National and the awesome and adrenalin-filled action of the Arenacross UK Freestyle Motocross crew with live music from Rick Parfitt Jr.

Show visitors will also have the chance to see the City’s official closing ceremony for Liverpool 2018 during the Saturday evening performance on 29th December. And of course on New Year’s Eve an electric atmosphere will build for the 7pm performance, starting with the Theraplate UK Grand Prix and climaxing at midnight with a breathtaking display of indoor fireworks and pyrotechnics to welcome in the New Year.

Families can enjoy this rare opportunity to spend such an important occasion altogether with all ticket holders having access to the Champagne Bar and Shopping Village, with unallocated seating in the Arena all day from 9am to enjoy the full programme of amateur and pony jumping finals.

The Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show is the perfect way to spend the New Year weekend and will make an ideal Christmas gift for loved ones with family tickets start from only £13.85pp plus booking fees.

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