Jockeys go Head to Head at Olympia in Markel Champions Challenge


Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund is set to return to Olympia, The London International Horse Show with Frankie Dettori at the helm!

The event sees some of the UK’s top jump jockeys test their mettle against their flat counterparts in an against-the-clock showjumping competition, watch them race against time as they relay in teams to jump the course faster than the rest! This thrilling class will return by popular demand for the second time in 2016 on the evening of Friday 16th December, after making its debut at Olympia, The London International Horse Show back in 2014. Click here to book now.


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 captains will select their teams over the coming months, with the final line-up set to be announced early in the autumn. Always highly competitive, there is no doubt that both Frankie and Richard will be looking to field the strongest teams available, as they lay down the gauntlet for the challenge. 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. Markel International, the specialist insurer, is proud to return as sponsor of the special class, which is set to be one of the highlights of the evening on Friday 16th December. Click here to book now.

Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, says:

“We are delighted to see the return of The Markel Champions Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The 2014 event was a great success and helped raise awareness of the important work we do at the IJF in supporting injured jockeys and their families.

Olympia’s sponsored charity for 2016 is the Emile Faurie Foundation. The charity reaches out to children in under privileged areas, giving them the chance to have riding lessons and enjoy contact with horses. As we all know, horses enrich the lives of everyone involved with them, helping to build self-esteem as well as responsibility and discipline, and the Foundation helps to ensure that everyone can enjoy these wonderful benefits. Look out for donation buckets around Olympia to make a contribution or visit the website.


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