Take a look at this incredible timelapse showing the set up of The Festival, it gives a real sense of the sensational state of the art production guests enjoy, read more below the video! Tickets are on sale now, buying early gets you on the front rows in all sections for an amazing up close experience. Here is the BOX OFFICE LINK
Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. Several hundred crew, contractors, creatives and volunteers, bring the Festival to fruition, it’s a literal war horse army! A fantastic look at the state of the art production at the heart of the event, caught on a great angle by Weathered Oak - Photography and Videography.
We are very proud of a seamless set up in 2023 taking huge learning forward from our first year at Westpoint in 2022. The South West region, events industry, equestrian industry and of course Spain and Portugal, can, and should be rightly proud of an event that has firmly established itself as one of the most exciting and dynamic equestrian, arts and cultural events in Europe - the Iberian horse has inspired something truly incredible. We have loved watching the build of London International knowing that our tiny, home grown South West team walk a path trodden by true giants of the events industry. 2024 tickets are on sale now, our work is never over - it will will be even bigger, better, and stronger as we continue to raise the bar higher, as they say, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
10 years in the making, The Festival of the Iberian Horse was brought to you by 18 artics, over 500 tonnes of wax surface, a 20 tonne excavator, a roller, a tractor, two cherry pickers, one telehandler, hundreds of lights and hoists, hundreds of metres of drapes, 2200 seats, the barriers from Creamfields, dozens of olive trees, over 40 caterers and traders, cancelled flights and drives across Europe, and so much more besides including a whole lotta love! And, of course, the horses, the beautiful and breathtaking horses of Spain and Portugal
As always we extend huge gratitude to every single person that contributes to the event...
STARS OF 2023
Lynne Macleod on behalf of The Association for British Working Equitation
Dancers - Karina Gracia Dance, Mercedes Romero Flamenco, Claudia Caolin Dance & Entertainment and all of their students
All the Parade riders and competitors
Flag bearer Michael Smith
Firstly, we extend very sincere thanks to Westpoint Exeter who welcomed The Festival back once again, and were a joy to work with in 2023, how lucky we are to have an arena of this stature in the South West.
Sound and lights - Nub Sound
Grandstands - GL events
Groundworks - John Coles Contractors
International transport - John Parker International
Stables - Cheval Liberté UK
Mediterranean plants - Urban & Rural Plants Ltd
Lighting - Ben Small
Sound - Gareth Fine
Design and branding - Pete Isaac Graphic Design
Photography - Aga Karmol Art and Ash Piper
Videography - Weathered Oak - Photography and Videography
Commentary - Mic Richards
Festival Marchandise GandTea Ltd
Creative Director Fleur Churchill
And finally we extend huge love and thanks to all of The Volunteers - the Westpoint Wombles and Festival Family without whom this event is nothing. The 2023 team included Fleur Churchill, Francis Parody-Candea, Luis Parody-Candea, Georgia Shone, Jacky and John Stolper, Chris Evans, Katy Tilly Moden, Jac and Marie Bunney, Pam Gratton, Georgina Dyce, Bryce Barnard, Alison and David Zuend, Rebecca Harris, Lynne Macleod, Joe Gros, Shelley Francis, Amanda and Graham Element, Wendy Gibson and Jess, Annabel Yates, Bridget, Louse and Amy Broadway, Rosemary Brierely, Marcia Clarke, Sarah Jones, Caroline Clinkard, Pete Issac, Dave Green, Nikki Limmer, Staff Singleton, Dan AP, Jay Bear, Dan Whitely, Tina Fitzgibbon, Yolande Ifold, Fran Parody, Greg Davies, Taniya Wooton, Kacper Zdunczyk, Sue Boycott, Pads and Sharne, Gemma Brierely and more! Sorry for anyone we may have inadvertently missed out.
THANK YOU, GRACIAS, OBRIGADA ONE AND ALL, SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!