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Horse of the Year Show 2012

The eyes of the equestrian world will focus next week on the NEC Birmingham where the ‘World’s Greatest Horse Show’ starts its five day run on Wednesday 3rd October.

In equestrian terms, The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is the place to be next week where the very best from showing, driving and jumping will be competing for the prestigious titles.

Qualifiers for all disciplines have been taking place across the UK and as usual the competition has been fierce which will result in the highest level of competition at the final.

Last year the Welsh breeds had phenomenal success culminating in the Supreme Pony of the Year award. This was the plaited Section B Crystal Vision which came through as champion from the Show Hunter Pony section. Who will take this year’s title on the final evening of the show? Will it be another Welsh?

Last year the Welsh Stud Book provided seven HOYS champions across both native and plaited classes. The representation looks equally strong again this year which is a great credit to the owners, riders, producers and breeders whose dedication and effort has made sure the very best of the breed will be forward. HOYS has become one of the most important shop windows for the Welsh breeds witnessed by spectators from far and wide.

The WPCS is extremely proud of the success the breeds have had during the qualifying stage, particularly in the field of performance and would like to record its appreciation to all involved and wish them the very best of luck.

The native days are Wednesday and Thursday, culminating in the Supreme Native Pony Award on Thursday evening in front of an audience including Princess Anne. However the plaited classes continue throughout the show during the week.

For full details of the classes and times visit:

1st Oct 2012