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The Duchess of Cornwall attends Olympia, The London International Horse Show

The Duchess of Cornwall attended Olympia, The London International Horse Show on Thursday.

The Duchess, a keen lover of horses and riding, has been Patron of the British Equestrian Federation since 2006. This will be the tenth year that she has been in attendance.

The show opened on Tuesday 16th December and will run until Monday 22nd December.

On her arrival at Olympia, Camilla was met by Lord Vestey, President of Olympia, The London International Horse Show, and Simon Brooks-Ward, Event Director, before entering the Presidents Box where she took the Royal Salute.

From the box, Camilla observed The Kingsland Christmas Pudding Stakes before being invited into the Arena to present the Awards to the winner. The Duchess, also presented the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy to Spencer Roe.

Following the awards presentation, Camilla went backstage to meet some of the riders including: The Ukrainian Cossacks, The Metropolitan Police Activity Ride, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas Finale.

Following the meeting with the riders, The Duchess reentered into the arena where she viewed the Puissance wall. Puissance is the high-jump competition in the equestrian sport of show jumping.

Upon her return to the box, she watched The Alltech Puissance before going back into the Arena to present the awards accompanied by Catherine Keogh, Global Marketing Director of Alltech.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show, estimates over 90,000 visitors will walk through its gates to view and enjoy the show.

One of the highlights is that of the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Since its beginning it has raised over £300,000 for the charity.

Camilla is known for her passionate interest in horses. She is an avid rider in her spare time and frequently attends racing and other equestrian events.

For more information including tickets, visit The Olympia Horse Show.

Featured Photo Credit: Chloe Howard 2014

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