Horse of the Year
The Horse of the Year Show - also known as HOYS was founded to be a culmination of the 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 in Harringay. It was held as an annual event which moved to Wembley ten years later. The show again moved to Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in 2002 due to the impending new National Stadium being built at Wembley. 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 and a range of displays and entertainment including the Pony Club Mounted Games for the Prince Philip Cup.
Monty Roberts has described Horse of the Year Show as the 'best in the world'