Here's why we're counting down the hours to the start of this year's Horse of the Year Show (5–9 October 2016)...


1. Mamma Mia!

The West End cast of the global phenomenon Mamma Mia! are joining the spectacular HOYS finale on Sunday 9 October. The cast will feel right at home performing to the 9,500 strong audience, ready to lift the roof to the much-loved ABBA soundtrack.

2. Gilles Fortier ‘Vulcanium – Dreams of Fire’ display

This theatrical debut combines dance, theatre and circus performances with fire, pyrotechnics and modern effects — does it get any more exciting than this?

3. Musical drive of the heavy horses display

Returning for another year, this display features teams of six pairs ranging from Shire horses to Clydesdales and is sure to fascinate any audience.

4. Supreme Horse and Pony of the Year Championships

HOYS wouldn’t be HOYS without these prestigious championships, but who will take home the titles this year?

5. Pony Club mounted games

Relive your youth and cheer on the Pony Club teams as they race their way up and down the international arena.

6. Shopping

With over 250 stands, the HOYS retail village provides the perfect excuse for some interval shopping… we just can’t help ourselves!

7. Hospitality

The HOYS Champions bar provides over 16 hours of entertainment, so why not treat yourself?

8. The Puissance

This prestigious class is sure to offer great Saturday night edge-of-your-set entertainment.

9. Dressage masterclass

This year’s master class is with Olympian Carl Hester — one not to be missed.

10. The Showing Register masterclass

This class offers the chance to learn some great tips and hints for the show ring.

11. Parelli Natural Horsemanship interactive feature area

This popular feature area is set to return for another year, and will offer an interesting insight into Parelli.

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12. The atmosphere

There is nothing better than the lively and fun atmosphere at HOYS, where people of all ages come together to celebrate equestrian sport… we can’t wait.

For show information visit or to book tickets visit or call The Ticket Factory for tickets 0844 581 8282

Don’t miss our full report from HOYS in the 13 October issue of Horse & Hound magazine