The second of Horse & Hound’s three show specials, which is packed with fascinating features, plus listings for thousands of shows around the UK, hits newsagents’ shelves tomorrow (26 February).

This issue offers budding event riders the opportunity to enjoy a taste of affiliated competition, without the cost of becoming a British Eventing member, by giving away 150 “day tickets”, worth £20.

Competition riders from all disciplines can continue to plan their season into the summer with event details, including contact telephone numbers, for the popular June and July period contained in H&H’s essential show dates directory.

The shows special also unveils what type of person owns horses competing in three or more disciplines, and asks if it is possble to harness the 50,000 individuals who participated in unaffiliated competitions last year.

Athens-bound dressage rider Emma Hindle talks frankly to H&H, while the relationship between top riders and their hard-working stable jockeys is revealed.

In other special features, the effect of the show ring on native pony breeding is discussed and the pitfalls of the complicated world of equestrian etiquette exposed.

This bumper issue is also packed with all the regular news, reports and comment, for which the magazine is famous. Visit your local stockist today and ask for your copy of the second H&H show special to be put aside to ensure you don’t miss out.