Following on from the exciting and promising news that the much loved London International Horse Show will return this December, I am thrilled to see that the almighty, Horse of the Year Show will return to the NEC Birmingham on 6th – 10th October 2021.
This event for me marks the winter season and I LOVE it. The various horse trials (usually) have been and gone, and the trip to the NEC is one I always look forward too. HOYS is a true celebration of the horse. I love the thrill of watching showjumping or cross country, but nothing beats finding yourself immersed in beauty of the entrants in the countless showing classes, and in awe of the horses and ponies who make it all the way to the Championships held at HOYS.
With tickets going on general sale today (Friday 14th May), the timetable for Horse of the Year Show 2021 has been released allowing you to plan your visit in advance of this week long event. Though, looking at the line-up, how on earth is anyone meant to pick just one day with so much to see?!
Along with exceptional competition and displays, event organiser’s say, ‘the first part of the week is packed with all the fan favourites including the Mountain and Moorland classes on Wednesday through to Friday, National Showjumping championships on Thursday, and the prestigious Price Family Supreme In-Hand Championship showcasing on Friday.’
I am told things hot up on the weekend though, Saturday’s evening performance is bound to be exhilarating, with the final instalment of the Osborne Refrigerators Scurry Driving Championship and the continuation of the international showjumping classes including the highly anticipated Ripon Select Foods Puissance.
Sunday though, remains the ‘day of champions’ as the show comes to a climax with the crowning of the Horse of the Year Show Supreme Horse and Pony of the Year and the Leading Showjumper of the Year. You will also get the chance to see the awarding of the much-coveted Prince Philip Cup to the Pony Club team who have raced their way to victory in the Mounted Games heats, which is always such fun to watch! What day will you visit? I think it’ll be a Sunday for me, though I LOVE the Working Hunter and and Coloured classes!
Tickets are on sale now at hoys.co.uk/tickets and via the Box Office: 0344 581 8282 (Call charges may apply according to your phone company’s access charge). Disabled bookings can be made by calling 0800 640 5001 and discounts are available for groups of 10+ through the Groups Booking Line on 0800 358 0058.
Image – Joe Stockdale HOYS 2019 – Credit 1st Class Images