Great expectations for Liverpool International Horse Show

By Charles Taylor on |



Irish star Shane Breen believes the Liverpool International Horse Show will “grow and grow” as he prepares to take part in the inaugural event.

Breen will be among a star-studded field assembled at Liverpool Echo Arena from January 1 to 3, and he has predicted a bright future for British showjumping’s newest high-profile competition festival.

“I am really looking forward to what will be a great show,” said Breen, whose wife Chloe will also be at Liverpool, contesting the amateur classes.

“Nina Barbour (Liverpool’s show president) has already proved that she can organise a top international event with the June show at Bolesworth. I think as a four-star show, it will grow and grow. I see no reason why it won’t evolve into a five-star.”

The show’s scheduling during the Christmas and New Year holiday period is also something that riders will relish, and Limerick-born Breen, a prolific and successful performer for Ireland on the Nations Cup circuit and a former Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner at Hickstead, believes it is perfectly-timed.

“As a rider, I am often asked when do I take a break, but honestly, we don’t really have a break. We try to fit in a week’s holiday and spend time with the family, and for me, the dates in January work really well,” he added.

“I think it’s a great time of year, following on from Olympia and Mechelen, and to have a four-star show on those dates in the UK makes it easy for riders to celebrate New Year with family, friends and also owners.

“Travelling with horses on the global circuit has become so straightforward, and it’s rare for it to affect horses’ fitness or health, but this is such an easy trip for those based in the UK, and a short trip from Ireland.”

Each day of the Liverpool Show will host both afternoon and evening performances, with a targeted 6,000 strong audience at each viewing. The action-packed schedule combines world-class show jumping with high quality shopping and an array of show-stopping displays and performances.

Besides the four-star showjumping action, attracting famous names from around the globe, there will be a fantastic entertainment line-up for everyone to enjoy. This includes the ever-popular Shetland Pony Grand National, The Bootleg Beatles tribute act, and Clémence Faivre, a truly spectacular horsewoman making her name in the equestrian arts and performance industry, who is set to give a spellbinding display, working closely with her Lusitano horses.

In addition to the the displays and showjumping, there will be a shopping village in a hall housing the collecting ring, champagne bar and bistro, offering a quality selection of trade stands.

Tickets for the Liverpool International Horse Show can be booked via

Image: Liverpool Echo Arena at night by Keith Edkins/CC BY 3.0


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