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