Horse of the Year Show features the finals of the most prestigious National show jumping championships. It also runs a full programme of International classes, four of which carry Longines World Ranking Points.

It is in the Andrews Bowen International Arena that dreams are fulfilled and heroes are made. The atmosphere is electric as riders and horses tackle the huge jumps and tight turns in a variety of exciting classes.

HOYS celebrates the end of the competitive season in true style with five days of thrilling action packed classes.

Britain's top show jumpers will take on a host of leading foreign contenders in an array of entertaining speed and jump-off classes. The competitions include the crowd favourite Puissance, featuring the huge red wall that exceeds heights of 7ft, and the prestigious Leading Show Jumper of the Year.

View photos from 2016's classes


Show Jumping highlights include:

The Puissance
The Puissance is probably the most famous show jumping competition in the world; designed to push both horse and rider to their limits.

Holly Smith capped a brilliant day's action at the Horse of the Year Show when she won The Thistledown Puissance with gentle giant Quality Old Joker. The Great Britain Nations Cup rider, competing in just her third puissance after previous appearances at Liverpool and Arena UK,  cleared 2.20 metres (seven feet, three inches) in round five to take the £5,100 top prize.

With the drama and popularity of the Puissance increasing every year, the sky's the limit for 2017!

 

The Leading Pony Show Jumper of the Year
This is the biggest junior competition at HOYS. The classic jump-off course is always fiercely contested by some of the country's top under 16-year-old riders. 

Some of today's leading British riders have made their way up the ranks by making their mark in this junior competition. The latest young stars to claim the title are Emily Ward (2013), Harry Charles (2014) and Robert Murphy (2015). The 2016 title went to Jodie Hall-Mcateer and Tixylix. 

 

Senior Foxhunter Championship 
This is the 'FA Cup' of domestic show jumping and features the very best of the country's novice horses. From first round competitions at venues up and down the country, then second-round direct qualifiers, only 24 finalists make it through to HOYS. The 2016 title went to Laura Pritchard and Horse Victorys Fayot. 


Leading Show Jumper of the Year
This is the climax of HOYS' international show jumping classes. Nine of the international classes throughout the Show carry qualifying points towards this final. The top 28 horse and rider combinations will compete for the chance to battle it out on this challenging course and gain a share in the £40,000 prize fund. Cian O'Connor riding Super Sox took the 2016 title in a time of 32.49 seconds.

You might also like...