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Horse of the Year Show 2011

In just under two weeks time all equestrian eyes will be turned to NEC in Birmingham for the annual equine extravaganza, The Horse of the Year Show. Now firmly established at this popular venue, HOYS will again play host to competition of the highest standard. Qualification for places has been fierce throughout the year at the qualifying shows ensuring only the best have the much wanted ‘HOYS ticket.’

 


The Welsh Part Bred, Charn Secret Legend takes the Supreme Pony award at HOYS 2010
Photograph by The Event Photographer

 

Again the Welsh breeds will be represented by some of the countries best and not only in the specific breed classes but also across many other classes including driving and jumping.

Wednesday will feature the NPS/Bailey’s Ridden M & M finals. Classes will be judged in the Caldene Arena starting at 8am with the championship featuring in the International Arena in the evening. Also on the Wednesday, will be a Showing Lecture/demo given by one of the country’s leading M & M producer, Mathew Lawrence.

Native workers open proceedings in the Caldene Arena on Thursday and the Welsh breeds look to hold a strong hand in all three classes. The ever popular M & M mini classes follow; again like in previous seasons, the Welsh have dominated the qualifying rounds and will be keen to reclaim the title after the Dartmoor winning last year. The Caldene Arena ends with the prestigious Cuddy In Hand Final. Without doubt, the most difficult championship to gain qualification and it remains the breeders’ most sought after award.

For the driving enthusiasts Thursday will also host the Harness Championship of the Year and again the Welsh are well represented including some eminent part breds. Animals from the part bred register have flown the ‘Welsh’ flag to great advantage this season and have also taken qualifying tickets in the various ‘plaited’ classes.

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society takes this opportunity to congratulate all the Welsh animals qualified and wish them well in competition. The Society would also like to record its appreciation to all connected with the showing of the breed - qualified or not, for the effort they put in to ensure that the Welsh breeds are such a leading force around the country’s show grounds. Well done to all concerned.

For show information, including the full show timetable and timings, and to book visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

7th Oct 2011