The UK premiere of Mélie Philippot’s ‘My Little Sister’ comes to HOYS

The UK premiere of Mélie Philippot’s ‘My Little Sister’ comes to HOYS

Horse of the Year Show, “The Ultimate Celebration of the Horse”, is thrilled to introduce French performer Mélie Philippot and her dancing duo (Quizas and Diego) as the second entertainment display to be announced for 2019. Making her UK debut with the display ‘My little sister’ trainer Mélie combines liberty work and dressage movements with a little light comedy in this thoroughly entertaining performance; a perfect interlude to the nail-biting competition!

Mélie first came to fame with her pony Luma who did a display disguised as a lion as seen at HOYS 2013; with his incredible charisma and great talent, Mélie had trained Luma to do a range of tricks and stunts which saw them perform to international audiences around the world. Diego who will feature in the display at HOYS 2019, is Luma’s son and has inherited his ‘showman appeal’. Diego is a small pony with a huge personality, providing naturally funny, yet wonderfully skilful moves. His athletic ability and love for his work allow him to mirror the moves of 14-year-old Breton draft horse, Quizas who is ridden throughout the performance by Mélie. Guaranteed to both astonish and delight, you won’t want to miss Quizas and Diego’s debut UK performance at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.


Mélie commented: “I am very honoured to have been invited back to Horse of the Year Show with my new display and I hope the public will enjoy by my performance with Quizas and Diego. When I get back in the ring with Quizas, the public expects a classic dressage display, then Diego enters the arena and the audience laughs. This show offers a moment of poetry and laughter, with horses that we are less used to seeing in this discipline of dressage and they are best friends outside of the arena too!”


Emma Williams, Event Director of Grandstand Media Ltd commented: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Mélie back to Horse of the Year Show this year with a fresh new act to perform for us. Diego’s wonderful personality is sure to bring the atmosphere to life in the Andrews Bowen International Arena and what he lacks in size he will be sure to make up for in talent and humour, providing great entertainment for all.”



Having celebrated a momentous 70th anniversary show last year, the 2019 show promises to be an equestrian spectacular with plenty to entertain every spectator. The show hosts the finals of the most highly regarded national showing and show jumping championships, three days of international showjumping, an immensely popular Retail Village and a full line-up of unbeatable entertainment, which makes for an unforgettable day out.


Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting from just £34.00 per person. Concession rates and discounts for group bookings are available. With popular performances selling out in record time last year, visitors are advised to secure their seats early to avoid disappointment. To book, please call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282 or visit


Watch some video footage of Mélie in action in Hannah’s April vlog here



For more information on Horse of the Year Show 2019, please contact Horse of the Year Show Press Office, Grandstand Media Ltd. Tel: 02476 858205. Email:


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