London, England – November 30, 2021 – Great Britain’s Olympic individual champion, Ben Maher (GBR) MBE, heads an illustrious list of international Show Jumping entries for the London International Horse Show 2021. The confirmed line-up will facilitate five days of world-class competition at ExCeL London from 16 – 20 December, adding to an already stellar schedule of competitive action and spectacular international displays.
Maher (GBR), currently ranked No. 8 in the world, will be seeking to crown an exceptional year with success at the London International, but will face stiff competition from the world’s best riders. His London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning teammate Scott Brash (GBR) MBE, also part of the GB team in Tokyo, will be hot on his heels, as the World No. 5 seeks to recapture the prestigious London International Horse Show Grand Prix title which he claimed in 2019.
Also representing Team GB in Tokyo were Harry Charles (GBR) and Holly Smith (GBR), who will both head to ExCeL full of confidence following successful autumn campaigns, which included being part of the team to win the Challenge Cup at the FEI Nations CupTM Final in Barcelona. Their teammates that day, Emily Moffit (GBR) and John Whitaker (GBR), always a crowd favourite, will also line-up in London.
Guy Williams (GBR) and Laura Renwick (GBR), notorious for their speed against the clock, will be sure to have the home crowd on their feet throughout the five days of action, as will William Funnell who will be looking to recreate the form which lead him to victory at the 2019 Show. Young rider Jack Whitaker (GBR), son of multiple London International Horse Show winner, Michael, is also amongst the strong British contingent taking part.
Their international counterparts will be mounting a strong challenge, led by World No. 4, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs (SUI), who will be looking to repeat his 2019 success, which saw him crowned champion of the London leg of the FEI Jumping World CupTM. Compatriot, Steve Guerdat (SUI), the current World No. 8, will be returning to the city where he was crowned individual Olympic champion in 2012, following an excellent year, which included being part of the Swiss 2021 European Championship gold medal-winning team alongside Fuchs.
The Irish riders, Denis Lynch (IRL), Shane Breen (IRL) and Michael Duffy (IRL), will be ones to watch and will be hoping the luck of the Irish is with them in London. From Austria will be Max Kühner (AUT), who will look to go one better than his second-place finish in the FEI Jumping World CupTM at the 2019 Show, with Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Marcus Ehning (GER) from Germany bringing further quality to the distinguished line-up.
Belgium will be sending a strong team, including Niels Bruynseels (BEL), Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and Pieter Devos (BEL), as will France, led by World No. 11 Kevin Staut (FRA). Compatriot, Mathieu Billot (FRA), fresh from an outstanding Puissance win at CSI4* Rouen last weekend, will be looking to make it a double when he takes on the famous Puissance wall on the opening night of The London International Horse Show.
A complete list of entries, also including Gier Gulliksen (NOR), who will be flying the flag for Norway, and World No. 13 Harrie Smolders representing the Netherlands, can be found here.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best show jumpers to our new home at ExCeL London. The facilities at the venue are second-to-none, setting the scene for an outstanding five days of competition and we can’t wait for it to get going.”
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Source: Press Release from The London International Horse Show
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