Of the tens of thousands of competitors who each year between March and September enter for a qualifying place, only the top one percent are successful. Most of these will have stood champions at major county shows, so it’s no surprise that ‘The World’s Most Famous Horse Show’ has become known as the ‘Show of Champions’. It even has its own poem.
Horse of the Year Show, HOYS to its friends, celebrates the end of the competitive season by crowning the Champions of the most prestigious National Championships with five days of thrilling action packed classes. 1,500 competitors and 1,600 horses will compete in front of a record 65,000 visitors this year at Birmingham’s NEC.
The HOYS poem
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent, there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
England’s past has been borne on his back.
All our history is his industry; we are his heirs, he our inheritance.
Ronald Duncan, 1954
Saturday 12 October - Evening Programme†
- Show Opening
- International Show Jumping - The Accumulator
Competitors gain points for every fence they jump clear. No points for a fence knocked down, and points deducted for a refusal. A risky double-points advantage may be had by jumping a final ‘Joker’ fence… but there’s a double-points deduction for knocking it down!
- Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry of the Year Championship
The ‘Ben Hur’ of HOYS, real edge of the seat stuff! High-speed obstacle racing by pony teams and scurry vehicles where time and accuracy is of the essence.
- Display - Luma the Lion
- Equimax Pony Club Mounted Games
- Cob of the Year Championship
- Kathleen Wood Children's Riding Pony of the Year Championship
- Display – details to be confirmed
- International Show Jumping - The Puissance
Considered to be the most famous show jumping competition in the world, pushing both horse and rider to their limits, this is one of the most popular classes at the Show. The audience watches in awe as the riders scale the ever-increasing heights of the famous red brick wall in this thrilling knockout competition!
† The programme was taken from the Horse of the Year Show website (hoys.co.uk), and was correct at the time of placing online. Please visit the website for the most up-to-date information.
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