Horse of the Year Show Publish Rule Book for 2023

Horse of the Year Show Publish Rule Book for 2023

Horse of the Year Show would like to make all competitors aware that there have been some changes to the HOYS rulebook for the 2023 season.  All changes/additions are highlighted in bold for your attention. 

In addition, we would like to draw particular attention to the Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year.  In recent years, the class has specified that animals must be exhibited in coloured brow bands and riders must wear a dark-coloured jacket.  It was felt that this restricted many animals that would be eligible to compete under the partbred ruling but would not naturally ‘fit’ into the tack/dress stipulated.  Therefore for 2023, and with immediate effect, the ruling has been changed to;

All ponies must be shown plaited and in tack appropriate to type. Riders are permitted to wear tweed or navy jackets.

This amendment to the ruling has been made following an industry focus group meeting involving showing amateurs and professionals, where it was felt that this would be a welcome step forward for the plaited ponies and it will allow more eligible animals wishing to compete the opportunity in this class.

For the full HOYS Rule Book please refer to the HOYS website or follow this link. 

For your chance to qualify for Horse of the Year Show the full list of qualification shows are available here.  

Horse of the Year Show takes place from 4th – 8th October 2023, we can’t wait to see you there!  To stay up-to-date with the latest HOYS news and to be the first to know what’s happening, sign up to our newsletter here:

ENDS For more information on Horse of the Year Show 2023, please contact Horse of the Year Show Press Office, Grandstand Media Ltd. Tel: 02476 858205. Email:

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