We have a crazily fantastic celebrity line up for the Beta Main Arena at Your Horse Live this November. If you’re coming along, this is what you’ll have the privilege to see:
Advice from Mary and Emily King
Mary and Emily King, one of the most successful mother-daughter duos in eventing, are uniting to share their advice for training the event horse from novice to advanced.
Mary has been to six Olympic Games and won championship medals of all colours, while Emily finished second at her first-ever CCI4* and has won multiple medals on the junior and young rider stage. If anyone knows how to train a horse at home to be the very best it can, it’s them.
In the Kings’ engaging, easy-to-understand way, they will use a young horse and one with more experience to showcase their methods for improving flatwork, plus several showjumping and arena cross-country exercises that you can use at home.
This demo will cover something for every level of horse and rider. It’s set to be jam-packed with useful training tips for you to take home — including inspiration for using things you’ll find lying around your yard to recreate ditches and narrow fences.
Here come the stars
What do Nick Skelton’s Big Star, Carl Hester’s Uthopia and The Queen’s Barbers Shop have in common? For one weekend only, these mega golden oldies are uniting to parade at Your Horse Live on Saturday and Sunday (Uthopia on Saturday only).
They’ll be joined by another of Nick’s now-retired showjumping greats, Arko — who won more than £1m during his glittering career — and the 2012 Grand National winner Neptune Collonges.
Few horse lovers will forget Big Star’s spine-tingling individual showjumping gold at the Rio Olympics, Uthopia helping Britain to team dressage gold at the London 2012 Games and Barbers Shop standing supreme in front of Her Majesty at Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2017.
This is your chance to celebrate them all once more — a real tear-jerker!
From Poldark to Stoneleigh Park
He’s been a stunt double for Aidan Turner in Poldark and his team of horses are also stars of the TV screen (Peaky Blinders and Victoria to name just a few). So it goes without saying that Ben Atkinson and the spectacular Atkinson Action Horses know exactly how to put on a show.
Make sure you’re in the BETA arena to watch their dazzling displays featuring stunts, liberty, jumps and tricks.
A date with the best
If you miss Florian Bacher’s masterclass on Friday you’re in luck — he’s back in the BETA arena on Saturday and Sunday too, this time demonstrating the training techniques that have earned him the reputation of dressage master using a range of different horses.
The former Spanish Riding School star, who trains with Carl Hester, is a font of knowledge — book your tickets now so that you’re poised to tap into all the skills he’s going to share.
He’s a crowd favourite and a Your Horse Live specialist: showjumping’s funnyman Geoff Billington will take centre stage for three hours on Saturday evening — and he’s lining up some surprise guests to join him! In his ‘From Beginning to End’ tour, Geoff will talk through his life and career so far and show his training techniques for young horses through to advanced. Whatever Mr Billington’s involved in, it’s guaranteed to involve plenty of laughter along the way — so book your tickets now for a night of brilliant entertainment. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday evening!
If you haven’t got your tickets already, this is what you need to know. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
VIP from £92 — access all areas, all-day BETA arena seat, access to VIP lounge with lunch and a glass of fizz, VIP parking, fast-track entry plus use of a cloakroom and Shop & Drop.
Standard plus from £30 — access all areas, guaranteed BETA arena sea.t
Standard from £15 — access all areas, including celebrity signings.
Saturday evening meet & greet Geoff Billington £35.
Standard evening ticket £25.
NB tickets for Saturday day and evening must be bought separately.
Book now at yourhorselive.co.uk
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