With qualifiers for this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) well underway, entries are now being accepted for the hugely popular Horse of the Year Show Qualifying Stories competition. Launched every summer, the competition sets out to find the most interesting and inspiring story of HOYS qualification from the current season.
Every competitor who qualifies for this year’s show, due to take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 9th – 13th October, is invited to write a short story about the qualifying journey that they and their horse or pony have taken, in order to gain their coveted place at “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show”.
Once a story is entered into the competition, it is published on the HOYS website. This makes all of the stories available for visitors to read through and, while gaining a fascinating insight into the life of a future HOYS competitor, vote for their favourite.
The writer of the story with the most votes at the end of the season will win a pair of VIP hospitality tickets for lunch on the Wednesday of the show. The winning story will also be published in the official HOYS programme.
There is plenty in store for visitors at this year’s show. As well as hosting the finals of the most highly regarded national showing and show jumping championships; world-class international show jumping; Equimax/3dworming Pony Club Mounted Games; Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry, and the inaugural Dressage Future Elite Championship, there is a full line-up of unbeatable entertainment to celebrate the Show’s 65th year in style. There will be two very special displays: the spectacular Musical Drive of The King’s Troop, Royal Household Artillery and Luma the Lion, the small pony ingeniously disguised as a big cat. Visitors to Sunday’s gala evening performance will enjoy a spectacular finale, while Ted the Clydesdale, star of Sally Anne Outram’s book The Story of Ted, will be entertaining visitors all week in the Parelli Interactive Savvy Area.
Tickets are on sale now, with prices starting from just £28. Concession rates and discounts for group bookings are available. With popular performances selling out in record time in 2012, visitors are advised to secure their seats early to avoid disappointment.
For show information, including the show timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.