A starry-eyed proposal provided a grand finale to Liverpool International Horse Show at the M&S Arena

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It was a sublimely romantic way to end 2019. With a little help from the organisers, Andy Dutton proposed to Chrissy Leak at the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show.

Show President, Nina Barbour announced: “We were thrilled to help Andy organise a proposal like no other at this year’s show. The plan was to announce that their seat numbers had won a special prize during the Puissance to get the couple down on stage. Once they were in place, Andy popped the question and thankfully Chrissy said a big “hell yes!”. Although this was a truly unique proposal, it’s not the first year a reveller has got down on one knee so there certainly must be something in the air here in Liverpool! It really has been another special year for us…”

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It takes 12 months of planning to make this International Horse Show happen. The equestrian four-day event is a serious logistical challenge: and the pre-show team comprises 250 dedicated staff. Not only did the show offer the best in equestrian sport, it included entertainment for the whole family, from a captivating LED bikes display to live music.

It all culminated in a New Year’s Eve party with indoor fireworks, which are a fond family memory from childhood. Show President, Nina Barbour, explained: “Planning for this year’s event began on 1st January – the moment last year’s show ended, we were straight on to the next one”.

Kids Zone, run by family publication and events company, ParentFolk was a key component of the show. Young folk enjoyed creative workshops including screen printing, and a temporary tattoos station. The shopping village provided an impressive range of equestrian and lifestyle outlets.

The world premiere of Magnetism, an innovative mix of equestrian and performing arts, featured acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and music. All this, and Shetland ponies who are always a family favourite, makes this a show that is difficult to resist.

We trust the Liverpool International Horse Show will be back, with the usual excitement, and one or two surprises, at the end of 2020.

For further information please visit: https://www.liverpoolhorseshow.com/

Images by: Mantis Pro Media.

Related read: 400 horses set to arrive at Liverpool Docks this Christmas for the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Horse Show

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