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Fun for all at the Echo Arena

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Over the New Year holiday the North West was blown away by the brand new Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show held from 1-3rd January at the Echo Arena. From the popular Bootleg Beatles to fence- jumping horse men, and from stunt riders to local Olympians; the show wowed the people of Liverpool and the visiting sports stars from around the world. It attracted more than 30,000 people to the Echo Arena over the New Year weekend.

With six performances over 3 days, the equestrian competition was action-packed including several impressive performances from Team GB London 2012 Olympian Peter Charles. Charles brought the whole family along including 15 year old son Harry who picked up an impressive 3rd place in the U25 Grand Prix, as well as younger daughters Sienna and Scarlett who were competing in the amateur classes at the show.

One of the sport's all time greats, John Whitaker put in an impressive performance at the show coming close to winning the Grand Prix on the final day. He was joined by son Robert and nephew William who were also competing at the event. At the age of 59 John proved that the summer's European Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics are both still achievable targets for the friendly Yorkshire man.

Stars of television and sport also flocked to the city to experience the breathtaking new show over the Bank Holiday including racing presenter Clare Balding, newsreader Alastair Stewart, sports reporter Mike Bushell and stars of the popular soap Hollyoaks.

Equestrian fans revelled in the top level of competition with nail-biting jump-offs and explosive prize presentations. Visitors to the show enjoyed a schedule of all-round family entertainment including music from the Bootleg Beatles, stunning displays from acts such as stunt rider Clemence Faivre and her Lusitano horses and high jinks from the daring 'Horseman Team' who leapt over 2m fences, without the support of a four-legged friend.

The Black Fire Girls, who have previously displayed at VIP Formula One events and during The Cannes Film Festival, wowed the crowds with their brave, circus style act including fire-breathing and extreme pyrotechnics.
VIPs at the show had to delay their new year's resolutions to enjoy the exclusive hospitality available on the exclusive VIP balcony and in the private boxes throughout the 3 day show. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, delicious afternoon tea and a 3 course supper with canapés, and of course an unrivalled view of the action in the Arena.

For the January shoppers visiting the show the luxury shopping village held more than 60 retailers showcasing their New Year's bargains next to the 'collecting ring,' close to the stylish walk-in bistro and the well-stocked champagne bar. With a huge selection of items available including clothing, accessories, home ware and of course plenty of delicious foodie gifts to take away, it was the perfect place to start the New Year sales.
The North West fully embraced this brand new sporting event and now look forward to its return. The team will now turn their talents to their next major show, Bolesworth International, the incredibly successful equestrian and lifestyle festival held at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire from 16-19th June 2016.

Visit the website at www.bolesworthinternational.com