If you were a horse-mad British child of the ’80s and ’90s, chances are you were a big fan of a certain Geoff Billington, top showjumper (we miss you, It’s Otto) and resident comedian of the golden age of the sport. But if you haven’t encountered the jovial Northerner before? Oh boy, you are in for a treat.
In this vintage clip from the London Olympia Horse Show’s Fancy Dress competition, Geoff takes to the arena in a series of rather extraordinary impressions of his fellow British show jumpers, including Harvey and Robert Smith, John Whitaker, and — most notably — Annette Lewis, whose gravity-defying jumping style made her a household name.
Honestly, I’m all for reviving this tradition for Olympia 2021, perhaps with some eventers thrown into the mix. Geoff’s great friends with Oliver Townend, so I suggest he starts there. Geoff, I’m happy to join your writers’ room; give me a call.
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