Following the successful introduction of the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) Showing Wild Cards in 2015, we are thrilled to announce that this year will see a total of four wild cards awarded. The ridden showing wild cards will provide the opportunity for the winners to compete at HOYS 2018 in their relevant ridden section. The Showing Wild Cards are determined by means of the LeMieux La Liga Consistency Awards as the series recognises those who have shown consistency throughout the HOYS qualifiers this season.
The Showing Wild Cards are awarded to the highest scoring animals, taking their top five results across the qualifying season, but who have not already qualified for HOYS 2018. This year we have allocated two Pony Wild Cards and two Horse Wild Cards, with all four animals finishing joint on points and placings (4 x second places and 1 x third place).
The winners of the 4 HOYS Showing Wildcards are…..
1) Pony Wild Card: Glencarrig Patrick in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds Mountain & Moorland Connemara Pony of the Year, owned by Victoria Edwards-Sonnex.
2) Pony Wild Card: Mirah Hero in the British Show Pony Society Mountain & Moorland 143cm Working Hunter Pony of the Year, owned by Angela Pallett.
3) Horse Wild Card: Made In Ireland in the Topham Barnes Small Riding Horse of the Year, owned by Deborah Curtis.
4) Horse Wild Card: Freckleton High Flyer in the Coloured ridden Non-Native Horse of the Year sponsored by CHAPS (UK).
Congratulations to our four winners. We look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s Horse of the Year Show. The section winners of the LeMieux La Liga this year will win a range of merchandise kindly donated by LeMieux.
For more information about Horse of the Year Show please visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 02476 858205.