It may have only just finished but are you getting withdrawal symptoms from HOYS already? If so, feast your eyes here on the best of the best! A selection of worthy Champions of the Show are here for your delight and delectation! Just have to wait another year now till the next batch!!
The Junior Mountain & Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year sponsored by Ponies Association (UK) found its next Champion in Skellorn Prairie Starlight (Star), a striking Connemara gelding owned by Katy Louise Seedhouse and ridden by Harrison Taylor.
Diane Stennett’s outstanding mare Time 2 Reflect defending her Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year title – and it ended with her being crowned Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year.
A five-year-old pony who has only been lightly shown this year has taken the ultimate accolade of the showing season, becoming Champion of Champions and Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year at the 70th Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
There were tears of joy from Edward Whittaker when his and his father John’s six-year-old bay mare, St Giles Morgana, won the Shire Horse of the Year Championship supported by the Shire Horse Society. Edward found Morgana for sale on the internet, liked the look of her and bought her. At 25 he is one of the youngest competitors to have won the prestigious title – and the mare is still only six.
Karel Cox put the seal on a memorable day for Belgian showjumping when he won the Horse of the Year Show’s Leading Showjumper of the Year grand prix
Showstopping Piebald, The Magpie, cleared up in the prestigious Coloured Horse and Pony of the Year Championship Sponsored by CHAPS (UK)
West Hants hit the jackpot as they were crowned winners of the Thistledown Developments Pony Club Mounted Games for the Prince Philip Cup
Frenchman Geoffroy De Coligny declared: “I love Birmingham!” after winning his second major class at Horse of the Year Show in the NEC Genting Arena. After landing the Accumulator class in thrilling fashion on Saturday, he added the Zinc Management Speed Horse of the Year title to his HOYS collection.
Wonder pony Sonas Barney completed a remarkable hat-trick at Horse of the Year Show on Sunday as Claudia Moore claimed victory in The Stable Company 138cm Championship.
British rider Paul Barker rediscovered a winning formula at Horse of the Year Show when he claimed a stylish victory at the NEC Genting Arena in Birmingham on Sunday for the final day of competition. Paul, from Northallerton in Yorkshire, triumphed in the Horse & Country TV Challenge Cup, a two-phase competition that sees riders jump the first part of a course, before progressing to a timed second part if they are clear.
Paul’s time of 26.72 seconds aboard Dalton W proved too much for the rest, finishing 25 hundredths of a second in front of runner-up Richard Howley on Electra B, with Frenchman Geoffroy De Coligny in third on Ramona Robinz and Nigel Coupe taking fourth on Mystic Independence.
Partbred Welsh pony Penstrumbly Our Latif made quite a statement at his first Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) winning The Binks Family 153cm Show Hunter Pony of the Year before going on to stand overall Champion with Victoria Thomas in the saddle. Owned by Victoria’s dad, David Thomas, the Chestnut gelding did not have an easy start to life. Bred by Kath Hall, his mum passed away when he was just five days old and he had to be bottle fed.
Izabella Rogers showed great form by winning the 128cm Pony Championship