The Horse Rider's Journal

Crowd pleaser returns to Olympia

EPSOM, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Frankie Dettori leaps from Golden Horn after winning The Investec Derby at Epsom racecourse on June 06, 2015 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Highly anticipated return of the Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund to Olympia, The London International Horse Show.

The event, which sees some of the UK’s top jump jockeys test their mettle against their flat counterparts, made its debut at Olympia, The London International Horse Show back in 2014 and returns by popular demand for the second time in 2016.

Captaining the flat team will be Frankie Dettori, a champion on the flat, who never fails to provide top class entertainment wherever he goes. Frankie will go head-to-head with 2015-2016 National Hunt Champion Richard ‘Dickie’ Johnson, stepping out of the shadows of Sir Anthony McCoy on the track and looking to fill ‘A.P.’s’ boots at Olympia too, following the success of the jumps team back in 2014.
The class is sure to be a crowd pleaser and the fans may even be treated to one of Frankie’s infamous flying dismounts. In addition to the entertainment value of the class, the Markel Champions Challenge is run in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, the charity which provides invaluable support for jockeys and the wider equestrian community.

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