The Horse of the Year Show
- also known as HOYS
(pronounced /hois/)- was founded to be a culmination of the British equestrian events
year. Because of this, the show needed to be held indoors, making it a unique event.
HOYS was first held in 1949 at Harringay Arena
. It was held as an annual event which moved to Wembley Arena
ten years later. The show again moved to Birmingham
's National Exhibition Centre
in 2002 due to the impending closure of Wembley Arena for reconstruction. The event has become larger and more complex each year in its larger venue, including the introduction in 2003 of an extensive Equestrian Retail Village.
Its purpose was to be a 'champion of champions' Show, and is therefore an event of stringent competition to which all riders and owners aspire. Over 120 county and equestrian shows in Great Britain host qualifiers for this huge indoor event. It is difficult to qualify and difficult to win.
Due in part to its high standards of competition and its placement at the end of equestrian year, the Show has become a national treasure in the UK, rich in heritage and tradition and is considered to be the most famous horse show in the world.
The show runs every October and incorporates a full programme of international show jumping
, the British National Show Jumping finals, Showing Finals and a range of displays and entertainment including the Pony Club
Mounted Games for the Prince Philip
Since the 1997 Horse of the Year Show, the event has been... Read More