Date: 5 October 2016 - 9 October 2016
Address: Birmingham NEC, West Midlands
Tel: 02476 858 205
Horse of the Year Show, “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” is widely regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in the equestrian world - an event to which all owners and riders aspire.
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 helps to recognise the abilities of the many horses that come out of racing each year and provides them with a worthwhile competition opportunity. 2012 was the first year that the winner of the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship went forward to contest the Supreme Horse of the Year Championship, owing to its immense growing popularity.
The Showing Arena, sponsored by Caldene, is located in Hall 1 of the NEC, enabling visitors to shop at leisure in the Retail Village and never be too far from the action. Access to the Caldene Arena and the Retail Village is subject to capacity at all times.
During HOYS, 27 Championship classes cover 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.
Tens of thousands of competitors set out each year to gain a coveted finalist place for HOYS. Qualifying classes are held up and down the country between March and September, but with only 1% of those entering picking up those elusive qualifying tickets, visitors to the show can be assured that the horses and riders standing before them will be some of the most talented in the UK.
Horse of the Year Show celebrates the end of the competitive season by crowning the Champions of the most prestigious National Showing Championships. Most HOYS competitors will have qualified and stood champions at major county shows, so it’s little wonder that Horse of the Year Show has become known as the "Show of Champions".