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Half Term Fun with the Ride into Liverpool!

This year’s Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show will be launched in spectacular fashion with a Ride Into Liverpool featuring 1981 Grand National winner Bob Champion. Bob will be joined by a host of up to 50 riders, including the winners of our competition who will be representing The Pony Club.

The celebration ride comes ahead of this year’s Liverpool International, which takes place at the Echo Arena from 31 December 2016 to 02 January 2017.

Bob Champion returns to Liverpool, where 35 years ago he won the National on Aldaniti, two years after being diagnosed with cancer. His inspirational story was subsequently made into a film “Champions” when Bob was portrayed by actor John Hurt.

International showjumper Geoff Billington and carriage driver George Bowman are also set to take part in the ride, while Liverpool International’s charity partner the British Horse Society will send riders from their approved centres such as Croxteth Park, Beechley, Gellings and Knowsley Village.

The ride starts at 11am, and will take approximately an hour, culminating in the arrival at the Echo Arena to a welcome party.

“This will be a great way to mark the official start of our build-up to this year’s Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show,” Liverpool show president Nina Barbour said. “It promises to be a terrific launch to the event as riders of all ages combine on a ride into the city.”

Go along and cheer the riders on as they make their way from the city’s Garden Festival Site, into Riverside Drive and on to Salthouse Quay before ending at the ACC Plaza and the Echo Arena.



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