Covid Information for Visitors Covid Information for Competitors


Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) continues to follow Government advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will comply with the latest rules and regulations.

We ask that everyone visiting HOYS please familiarise themselves with the latest Government advice before they attend.  Please note: If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) you will not be permitted entry to the show.  To help keep our visitors and staff safe we are continually reviewing how we operate to ensure that the measures that we have are, and continue to be, in line with best practice for the industry.   For simplicity these measures have been grouped into 5 categories – Social Distancing, Food & Beverage, Cleaning & Hygiene, Protect & Detect and Communication.

For HOYS the following measures are being planned, and will be enforced if necessary, in accordance with the latest guidance:
• Socially distanced queueing systems
• Digital ordering in catering areas and contactless payments, where possible
• Changes to layouts and crowd management to avoid build up in popular areas
• Enhanced cleaning regime and waste disposal
• Hand sanitisers available to staff and visitors at strategic points
• Cashless transactions, where possible
• Track and trace check-in per the guidance during show week

Competitors should be reassured that our safety measures and competition management have been developed in line with the best practice recommendations of the national governing bodies and the British Equestrian.

By working collaboratively with the NEC, all of our visitors, competitors, contractors, partners, and stakeholders, we know that we can get back to delivering what everybody wants – a great Horse of the Year Show – that is also a safe event and suitable for the times that we are in.  For more information about the NEC measures for a safe and controlled event environment please see visit

We will update this page in accordance with Government advice.

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