Qualifying Stories

2017 Qualifying Stories Winner

1st Place: Iysha Pitman and Bybeck Kasper

After having an amazing start to the season with my 3 ponies, I won Royal Windsor with my 3 year old fell colt Bracklinn Travis I couldn’t get the smile off my face. Tragically I lost my Section C Glebedale Dexter to colic very suddenly 2 weeks later and I couldn’t get that smile back, I was absolutely devastated. The bad luck carried on and I didn’t think things would get better. I spent my evenings taking Kasper on long hacks so I didn’t have to sit at home and think about everything. Me & my mum set off to Three Counties not feeling very hopeful as Kasper wasn’t his usual self at Derbyshire festival a matter of days before. I saw on Facebook on route it was quite a hard set show with a canter serpentine and a rein back which sent me into panic mode as I had never even practiced a rein back. I just went in the ring with a smile on my face like always. He went well and after being pulled second I felt sick. The show went as planned but the top pony went perfect as well. Not one part of me thought I was going to win. Carey Knox came into the ring and she started reading my number out. I just couldn’t believe it. It took me 10 seconds to come forward. I just burst into tears and couldn’t stop. Then I had to go straight in the championship to come reserve champion in a class full of amazing ponies just topped it off. Even the judges said I had them choked up. Dexter was definitely looking down on us that day. Him & Kasper were best friends who used to spend their days licking each other through the bars in their stables. I have spent about 10 years dreaming of that moment. It’s both mine and Kaspers first time at HOYS. He’s the ultimate pony of a lifetime.

Have you qualified for HOYS?

If you’ve qualified for Horse of the Year Show then we want to know all about you and your horse or pony and the journey you have experienced together to gain a place at “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”. In return for taking part in our Qualifying Stories competition you will be entered for the chance to win lunchtime hospitality for two people at this year’s Show on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The chosen qualifying story will also be featured in the Official Show programme.

To enter, all you have to do is click on the link to submit your story (max. 350 words) and upload a photo. Please note, you must own the copyright to the pictures you submit, or have permission from the photographer for them to be used on the HOYS website.

Visitors to the HOYS website will be able to vote for their favourite qualifying story. As soon as your story is up on the website, the voting can begin!

Vote for your favourite Qualifying Story

With so many wonderful Qualifying Stories to choose from it is difficult to make your choice, however, by voting for your favourite Qualifying Story you will be helping the entry to get one step closer to winning the Qualifying Stories competition.

Only one vote per email address will be counted. The story with the most votes by Friday 15th September 2017 will win two hospitality tickets for lunch on Wednesday 4th October 2017 and have their story published in the Official Show programme. To cast your vote click on the link to vote for your favourite story.

Submit your Story

As soon as your story is up on the website, the voting can begin! Terms and conditions apply.


Vote for your favourite story

Review all of the submitted stories and vote for your favourite. (Coming soon.)