Every October Birmingham’s NEC and Genting Arena becomes an equestrian lover’s paradise as the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) transforms 50 acres of the site into a thrilling five day event, with an exhilarating programme of displays and competitions.
The competitions include the crowd favourite Puissance, which pushes horses and their riders to their absolute limit as they attempt to scale a huge red wall that exceeds heights of 7ft.
Other jumping highlights include the Leading Pony Show Jumper of the Year which is fiercely contested by the top junior riders in the UK and the Senior Foxhunter Championship, described as the FA Cup of domestic show jumping, as novice horses from across the country do battle over the fences.
All this acts as a warm up to the Leading Show Jumper of the Year competition, which sees the top 28 horses and riders from the international qualification events take on some of the biggest obstacles for the prestigious prize.
Enjoy the exhilaration of the Pony Club Mounted Games as six teams compete for the Prince Philip Cup during a series of fun games and races including favourites Bending, Flag and Mug as well as more obscure ones, like The Tack Shop, Beanbag and The Pony Club Pole.
Away from the show arenas there’s also a Retail Village featuring over 250 stalls where you can buy everything equestrian as well as arts, crafts and gourmet food, as well as activities for young children.
There’s also a chance to grab an autograph and photo with your favourite riders. Book today! Check availability using the Holiday Search above.
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