Organisers of The Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show wowed their audience this evening with a spectacular opening ceremony followed by a world-class display of dressage at The Echo Arena on Liverpool's iconic waterfront.
The biggest equestrian show in the North kicked off with a spell-binding opening ceremony including musical performances from Liverpool singing talent and BGT’s ‘Golden Buzzer Girl’ Beau Dermott and opera duo and finalists from BBC’s ‘The Voice’ finalists Belle Voci.
As the show began the Arena was filled with the sound of roaring engines as the team FMX riders performed a sequence of flips and tricks flying more than 40ft in the air. This adrenalin-fuelled action was followed by a stunning vocal from opera duo Belle Voci and a dramatic performance from equestrian acrobat Gilles Fortier with the world premiere of his incredible act ‘Phoenix,’ and a toe-tapping musical appearance from Rick Parfitt Jnr and the RPJ Band.
Visitors then enjoyed the thrilling action of the U25 Grand Prix competition with young riders Sienna and Scarlett Charles, daughters of Bootle-born Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles competing. The class was won by Jack Whitaker, son of British Olympian Michael Whitaker, sponsored by Equerry Horse Feeds.
The climax of the evening was when world-renowned double individual Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin OBE, the most successful British dressage rider and winner of all major titles and world records within the sport, won the Intermediate 1 Freestyle Invitational, sponsored by Equitop Myoplast with her super-talented, grey mare Florentina VI with a score of 81.938%.
Britain's Katie Bailey took second place, with this year's World Equestrian Games para-dressage gold medallist Sophie Wells finishing third.
Earlier in the day Charlotte had took part in a jam-packed Q&A session and signing alongside Olympic team mate Carl Hester and with a rare guest appearance and parade from the living legend that is multiple medal-winning horse Valegro.
The Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show is the perfect way to spend the New Year weekend and will make an ideal Christmas gift for loved ones with family tickets start from only £13.85pp plus booking fees.