What’s On

HOYS 2018 Displays

Dressage Masterclass

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Musical Ride

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Musical Ride makes a welcomed return to headline the displays at this year’s Horse of the Year Show. A firm crowd favourite, the regal Musical Ride fully demonstrates their exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British tradition. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Musical Ride will take place every day of the Show, including two performances on the weekend days to allow both daytime and evening ticket holders to enjoy the display.


Alizée Froment “L’Esprit Equestre”

Alizée Froment is set to make her UK debut at Horse of the Year Show this year. Alizée will wow the crowds with her incredible bridle-less dressage display. Alizée has previously participated internationally at Grand Prix level dressage with several horses including her Lusitano stallion Mistral, together they competed up to CDI 5*, Nations Cup and at European Championships. More recently they are renowned for impressing show spectators with their horsemanship skills of performing the dressage movements with just a simple cord resting around the horse’s neck. Alizée Froment’s inspiring display will take place each day at Horse of the Year Show, however, the display will be in the daytime performances only at the weekend.

Dressage Masterclass
Dressage Masterclass

GB Vaulters “Show Time”

With breath-taking feats of gymnastics, exciting somersaults and awe-inspiring acrobatics, our Equestrian Vaulters are set to leap back into the spotlight for HOYS 2018! Featuring past Team GB Vaulters, HOYS Ambassador Hannah Eccles and her sister Joanne Eccles, the team of 7 athletes will flip, tumble, handstand and pas de deux on horseback at HOYS in front of thousands of enthralled audience members.

Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses

Making a nostalgic return to the Andrews Bowen International Arena is the Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses. The popular and emotive Musical Drive performance has delighted the HOYS audiences for many years with their superb harrowing display; from the 1950’s up until 1999, they performed every year at Wembley Arena and we look forward to welcoming them again for our 70th anniversary show. The jingling of the harrow chains created by the heavy horse’s majestic footing is a harmonious accompaniment to the military style drill music. The spectacle is reminiscent of the traditional driving tasks asked of heavy breeds on farms, in breweries and as modes of transport in a bygone era. This year at HOYS, six pairs of Shires and Clydesdales under the command of HOYS official John Peacock, are set to fascinate the audience each day of the Show, performing in the evening performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Dressage Masterclass

Dressage Masterclass with Carl Hester MBE

Olympic Gold Medallist and master of dressage, Carl Hester MBE is set to host this year’s Dressage Masterclass.  A renowned Olympic Dressage rider who needs no introduction, Carl is the trainer of the famous duo Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who stole the heart of the dressage nation following their consecutive individual gold medal wins, as well as multiple riders who have had global success using his training techniques. The Masterclass aims to inform and inspire our audience whilst showcasing Carl’s much admired training methods and mindful coaching skills. Expect to see energy and precision riding from Carl’s team of riders and horses.

You can watch Carl’s Masterclass on Thursday 4th October, as well as meet him in person for a rider signing at the HOYS Live Zone.

Saturday Evening Puissance

Saturday’s evening performance needs no introduction, an aura of tension and excitement will descend upon the Andrews Bowen International Arena as the crowds eagerly anticipate the notorious Puissance. The Puissance creates the ultimate test for both horse and rider, as they work together to push their limits and conquer the towering red wall.

Gala Evening Finale 
The Power of Unity

This year’s finale is the ultimate celebration of the power of the equestrian community when we all stand together in unity. The group is made up of 30 young equestrians from Wales aged between 10-25 years old who all have connections with Horse of the Year Show, many of whom have competed at HOYS on numerous occasions. Together the euphoria of sharing a great passion for singing as well as horse riding has brought them together to perform. With some unique elements of clog and tap dancing which will build to symbolise the spirit of the horse, the performance will come to life with some incredible solo and group routines.

With the power of unity we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of HOYS. Now join us on this spectacular evening to celebrate and look forward to another 70 years.

HOYS Live Zone Timetable

Meet The Horses

In between watching some of the most talented horses and ponies in the country compete, you can visit the Meet the Horses Zone where you can meet different horse breeds and types as well as find out about their history. The Meet the Horses Zone is located in the Retail Village.


Societies and Seating  Zone

Don’t forget to stop by the societies and seating zone to as ask questions and learn about the different organisations.

2018 societies coming soon