Fifty horses and riders took to the streets of Liverpool city centre on 25 October in a parade to launch this year’s Liverpool International Horse Show, at which The British Horse Society is proud to be official Charity partner.
Riders included 1981 Grand National winner Bob Champion, Nina Barbour, Geoff Billington, Billy Twomey, Laura Renwick and Pippa and Millie Allen who rode along the main road from the city’s Garden Festival Site, then into Riverside Drive and on to Salthouse Quay before ending at the ACC Plaza and Echo Arena.
Carriage Driver George Bowman also took part, with a pair of magnificent Shire Horses, quickly followed by Shetland Ponies who will take part in the Shetland Grand National at the show over New Year.
The British Horse Society participated in the ride, all wearing Hi-Viz to demonstrate best practise when riding on the road. Thanks to the riders who took part:
• Christina Jones and Melissa Riley representing BHS Approved Centre Croxteth Park Riding Centre
• Bridget Griffin, Debbie Linder and Chris Turner representing BHS Approved Centre Gellings Riding School
• BHS Volunteers Debra Batchelor, Helena Pixton and Terrin Turner
• BEF Representative Lyndsay Dring
The event made Regional press, being featured on North West Tonight and ITV Granada News at 6pm. Their footage really showed the importance of Hi-Viz, with all BHS Riders clearly visible.
Hannah Carrick, British Horse Society North West Regional Manager said “We are very pleased to support this year’s show and ride, as the official charity partner.
"BHS Volunteers and some of our local BHS Approved Centres nominated riders to take part in this spectacular ride.
"As part of the ride, we demonstrated some important elements of riding safely on the road.
"This includes wearing the right Hi-Viz safety clothing which the BHS recommends all horse riders wear.
"We also want to raise awareness that it is also just ten years to go until the 2026 Countdown deadline, a campaign all about safeguarding off-road routes across the countryside for riders, cyclist and walkers from closure, preventing riders from having to ride on roads."
Showjumpers from across the globe will compete for a total £160,000 prize fund at Liverpool later this year, highlighted by the Equestrian.com Grand Prix, which saw Irish star Billy Twomey crowned as inaugural champion in January 2016. The stunning waterfront venue attracted bumper crowds for the show’s first running, and packed houses are again set to rock the city.
Showjumping action will be interspersed with performances that hold a wide family appeal, including music from the UK's number-one ABBA tribute band 'Revival', the Shetland Pony Grand National, carriage driving from George Bowman, with teams competing in a speed challenge, the Black Fire Girls and so much more.
And New Year’s Eve itself promises to be an unforgettable night, with exclusive acts lined up, including Collabro, the world’s number one musical theatre boy band and the winners of Britain’s Got Talent series eight, plus the Equitop Myoplast Puissance, which is always a show-stopper, and a spectacular indoor display of fireworks.
All tickets give access to the show’s shopping village from 9am each day, with the shopping experience featuring a fantastic range of products from high-end equestrian outlets, exclusive fashion retailers, unusual giftware and beautiful things for the home. There will be many food and drink outlets on-site, including an upstairs Champagne Bar and the new Mersey View restaurant, which is open all day and suitable for all the family.
Show tickets start at just £11.50, with family tickets and season tickets available. The booking line number is 08448 000400, or tickets can be purchased online. For groups of 15 people and more, a 20 per cent discount on adult prices only for silver and bronze areas can be obtained. The booking line for this is 08445 617672.
For more information, visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com