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STATEMENT FROM NINA BARBOUR, PRESIDENT OF THE LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Sarah Wild

“I would like to express my immense thanks and gratitude to the emergency services, the Echo Arena staff, riders, grooms and support staff, the general public and the City of Liverpool following Sunday night’s events.

“The understanding of everybody who were preparing to celebrate New Years’ Eve and were left in Liverpool with no transport was nothing short of remarkable, and the offers of help and support from people – they ran into the hundreds – for anyone who needed assistance will never be forgotten.

“It was with considerable regret that last night’s final session of the show had to be cancelled due to a serious fire in a multi-storey car park near to the Echo Arena, and on advice from the emergency services, who worked tirelessly all night to contain and extinguish the fire.

“My thoughts are also with those who have lost their vehicles and possessions as a result of the fire.

“All people and horses are safe and secure, and I thank spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during what was a difficult situation.

“I am very proud of our own teams who pulled together in the most demanding of circumstances, and managed to quickly and calmly evacuate all horses from the venue in a safe and controlled manner.

“We have worked very closely with the Echo Arena team over the last three years – their support and hard work has been integral to the event’s success to date, and our thoughts are with them, and the city of Liverpool.

“We are not going to let go of what we achieved in the first five sessions of the show, and we will be back to do it again next December.”

Horses and riders in the main arena after being evacuated during The Liverpool International Horse Show at the Liverpool Echo arena in Liverpool in the county of Lancashire in the UK on 30th December 2017

Horses led to safety

Horses and riders in the main arena after being evacuated during The Liverpool International Horse Show at the Liverpool Echo arena in Liverpool in the county of Lancashire in the UK on 30th December 2017

Horses and riders in the main arena after being evacuated during The Liverpool International Horse Show at the Liverpool Echo arena in Liverpool in the county of Lancashire in the UK on 30th December 2017

 

Another Successful Parade For All The Queen’s Horses

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Sarah Wild

The weather was kind, the crowds welcoming and for those equestrians who participated in the London New Year’s Day Parade under the hugely popular ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ section, it was certainly another fantastic event to remember by all who took part in this annual event.

Eleven months of planning by the riders, helpers and organisers ensured that for two miles, through some of the most famous streets of London, the crowds were treated to a spectacle of colour and entertainment courtesy of  ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ with magnificent costumes for both equine and humans!

The theme this year, ‘Circus & The Showman’, certainly offered plenty of inspiration for the 60 horses and equestrians who took part, introducing their unique interpretations to the delighted crowds that lined the streets.

From colourful clowns, through to performing acrobats on horseback to lion and elephant inspired costumes, the level of commitment and passion from those who participated in this year’s event was outstanding, as Caroline Marsh, organiser and ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ founder explained: “This year’s event was our best yet. The horses, riders and helpers never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm, support and creativity when it comes to their costumes. Months of hard work is over in a matter of hours, but the buzz we all get from being involved is so strong that as soon as we head back to base camp after the parade, we are already talking about next year!”

“I need to thank everyone who helped us this year from my team of helpers, the riders, handlers, the transport drivers and our wonderful vet, Michael Byers from Shotters and Byers, all of whom, we couldn’t do this event without!”

Caroline went on to add: “If you have never been to the parade, you really are missing out on one of London’s greatest free to attend events. There is loads for the family to enjoy and the equestrian element is a huge pull for the crowds.”

Photography by Jo Monck

Colour & Costumes For Riders & Horses From All The Queen's Horses On The London New Year's Parade. Photo By Jo Monck Just Clowning Around - All The Queens Horses 2018. Photo By Jo Monck Meeting The Delighted Crowds - All The Queens Horses 2018. Photo By Jo MonckCaroline Marsh, Organiser Of All The Queen's Horses 2018 . Photo By Jo Monck

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