Riding Pony Show HorsesHorse Showing :- Horse Of The Year Show - Famous the world over, HOYS is widely regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in the equestrian world and an event to which all owners and riders aspire. Tens of thousands of competitors set out each year to become one of the coveted finalists at HOYS through qualifying classes held all over the country between March and September. Therefore, visitors to HOYS can be assured that they are truly watching some of the most talented showing and show jumping horses and riders in the UK.
Horse of the Year Show celebrates the end of the competitive season by crowning the Champions of some of the most prestigious National Showing Championships. With most major county shows in the country holding qualifiers for Horse of the Year Show and their Champions qualifying for the HOYS Finals, it is little wonder that Horse of the Year Show has become known as the "Show of Champions."
HOYS is the traditional end of season event, bringing together the crème de la crème of the showing world. Competitors from all over the UK battle it out to qualify for the chance to be crowned with the greatest accolade in their respective class. Twenty-seven Championship classes cover all of the most popular of British breeds and types, with the respective Champions going forward to contest for the Show’s most prestigious titles, the Supreme Horse of the Year and the Supreme Pony of the Year.
The popular SEIB Search For A Star Championship returns to HOYS this year. The series was designed to encourage amateur riders to bring their horses into the show ring, giving them a rare opportunity to qualify and compete at the Show. Over the past ten years many top show horses have started a successful career in Search For A Star classes. The SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship has also proved to be a big hit with the crowds, instigated to support and encourage the re-education of thoroughbreds taken out of racing and re-schooled and prepared for the show ring. The series, supported by the charity Retraining Of Racehorses, helps to recognise the abilities of the many horses that come out of racing each year and provides them with a worthwhile competition opportunity.
In 2008, Horse of the Year Show relocated the Showing Arena, sponsored by Caldene, to Hall 1 of the NEC. The move proved extremely popular with visitors enabling them to shop at leisure in the Retail Village and never be too far from the action!
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