September 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Scott BrashA sensational line-up of British show jumping riders have submitted their entries to compete at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Among those taking place in the international classes at “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” between 9th and 12th October at the NEC, Birmingham is current World Number One, Scott Brash and his Olympic and European Gold Medal winning team mates Ben Maher and William Funnell. 

This year, eight riders were invited based on their place in the Longines World Rankings. In addition to Scott, Ben and William, the legendary John Whitaker will contend the £152,000 total prize fund, alongside regular winners Guy Williams, Daniel Neilson, Tim Gredley, Jessica Mendoza and Chloe Aston.

Kerry Brennan and Nicole Pavitt, who headed British Showjumping’s newly formed national Gold League as at 31st July, will be coming to the show, too. Nicole has previously jumped internationally at HOYS, but it will be the first time for Kerry.

Other international first timers include Joe Whitaker, the nephew of John, and Danielle Ryder, who qualified at Bury Farm Equestrian Village’s HOYS Wild Card competition. A further place was won by Graham Lovegrove, who topped British Showjumping’s HOYS Wild Card League and last competed in the international classes at the Show in 2012. 

A further two Wild Card places from Arena UK are yet to be announced. 

The list of confirmed riders competing at HOYS, in alphabetical order by first name, are:

    • Ben Maher
    • Chloe Aston
    • Dan Neilson
    • Guy Williams
    • Jessica Mendoza
    • John Whitaker
    • Kerry Brennan
    • Nicole Pavitt
    • Scott Brash
    • Tim Gredley
    • William Funnell

Wild Cards:

  • Danielle Ryder
  • Graham Lovegrove
  • Joe Whitaker

There are 11 International classes held at HOYS with four carrying Longines FEI World Ranking Points. The climax to the week’s international show jumping classes is the prestigious Leading Show Jumper of the Year on Sunday 12th October. This class carries the Show’s biggest prize fund of £40,000. 

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



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