October 02, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Joanne_Eccles_-_Photo_Credit_www._focusonhorses._com.jpgAcclaimed Scottish vaulting sisters and World Equestrian Games medallists Joanne and Hannah Eccles will perform in Horse of the Year Show’s (HOYS) spectacular finale. The finale closes the show at the end of Sunday’s Gala Evening Performance on 12th October 2014 at The NEC, Birmingham.

With a string of accolades to their name, as a pair Joanne and Hannah Eccles recently claimed a bronze medal in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in the vaulting pas de deux, whilst Joanne took home the individual female vaulting gold medal.

Riding high from their success at WEG, the duo will make their debut at HOYS performing an exhilarating acrobatic display on horseback during the finale on Sunday evening, helping draw a close to what is set to be another sensational show.

Joanne said: “We’re really excited to be performing during the finale at HOYS, what a fantastic opportunity! We’ll be performing a combination of complex moves from past routines to music, including a one-handed handstand, which is the first time a move of this calibre will have been performed at the Show.

“As we are not restricted to a time limit, as we would be in one of our normal routines, we will be able to include a variety of different moves and put on a real show for the audience.”

Alongside a show-stopping performance from the Eccles sisters, the finale will also feature a parade of the HOYS Champions of the evening, including Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year, Supreme Pony of the Year, Shire Horse of the Year supported by the Shire Horse Society, Leading Show Jumper of the Year and the Prince Philip Cup winners of the Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games; a recital of the iconic Ode to the Horse, which has been read at the end of every Show since 1955, and an audience inclusive rendition of the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne.  

Helena Pettit of Grandstand Media Ltd, organiser of Horse of the Year Show, commented: “The HOYS finale is a wonderful celebration which marks an end to the equestrian season in superb entertainment and style. This year is made ever-more special with a sensational performance from the renowned Eccles sisters, while we celebrate our Champions and at the end of this year’s season.”

Tickets for HOYS 2014 are now on sale. To book, please click here or call 0844 581 8282.   



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