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All that glitz, glamour and excitement — what better way to round off the showing season than by competing at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS)? Take a look at the following 23 animals who signed off for 2016 with a championship sash in tow.

1. Jack The Giant

Allister Hood riding JACK THE GIANT owned by The Jackpots, Champion in the Race Horse to Riding Horse of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 8th October 2016

The Jackpot syndicate’s 14-year-old thoroughbred netted the SEIB racehorse to riding horse title, a brilliant way to retire from the show ring. Jack was ridden by Allister Hood.

Allister enjoyed a successful week, taking the riding horse title on Annabel Jenks’ Diamonds Are Forever and the cob championship aboard Lady Caroline Tyrrell’s Our Cashel Blue. The latter went on to stand supreme horse champion.

2. Colebourne

Miranda Wallace riding COLEBOURNE owned by Rosettes Direct, Champion in the Maxi Cob of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 7th October 2016

This handsome grey headed the maxi cob line-up, piloted by Miranda Wallace, who is the first lady rider to claim this title at HOYS.

3. Cashel Bay JJ

Lucy Eddis riding CASHEL BAY JJ owned by Polly Eddis, Champion in the M&M Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championships during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 6th October 2016

Ridden by H&H blogger Lucy Eddis, Cashel Bay JJ stood mountain and moorland working hunter pony champion after a stylish round. It was a good week for the Eddis family, as Lucy’s younger sister, Susie, won the 122cm worker class aboard Kyregate Peter Pan.

4. Blairfield Excelsior

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Receptionist and part-time groom Meg Edmondson home-produces this mare, who stood intermediate show hunter of the year.

5. Cadlanvalley Buzby

Hayley Grota riding CADLANVALLEY BUZBY owned by Hayley Grota, Champion in the NPS Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Ridden Pony of the Year Championships during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 6th October 2016

Katy Marriott-Payne was in the driving seat of Hayley Grota’s Welsh section B stallion, who lifted the ridden native title.

6. Elusive

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This six-year-old by Kilvington Scoundrel won his large hack class en route to taking the championship for owner Suzannah Welby. He was ridden by producer Jo Bates.

7. Wytchwood Love Potion

Cate Kerr riding WYTCHWOOD LOVE POTION owned by Lisa kerr, during the Supreme Pony of The Year during the Sunday night of HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Seven-year-old Cate Kerr made it two HOYS victories from two starts when riding this six-year-old in a strong lead-rein class, led by producer Craig Elenor, en route to taking the mini title.

8. Woodhouse Calendar Girl

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The Shire horse of the year title went to this lovely mare, who is home-bred by her handler Martin Fountain. This is the second time the six-year-old, by Moorfield Ted, has won this accolade.

9. Spotlights Bo Diddly

Alison Parsons exhibiting SPOTLIGHTS BO DIDDLY owned by Roger Parsons, Champion in the Miniature Horse of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 5th October 2016

Roger and Alison Parsons’ spotted five-year-old topped the miniature stallion line-up.

10. Shaarinah

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The German-bred 13-year-old, owned by Isabel Gray, claimed the ridden pure-bred Arab of the year title, piloted by David Froggatt.

11. Gallant Prince

Gallant Prince Olivia Bowen

The Olivia Bowen-ridden grey headed his 143cm working hunter pony class before lifting the section title.

12. Hello Dolly

Jayne Ross riding HELLO DOLLY owned by Diane Stennett, Champion in the Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championships during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 6th October 2016

Dianne Stennett’s classy mare successfully defended her ladies side-saddle title, ridden by Jayne Ross.

13. Wycroft New Dimension

Jessica Renshaw-smith riding WYCROFT NEW DIMENSION owned by M.A. Mackay, Champion in the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship Final during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Karen Gillott’s home-produced nine-year-old won his 143cm show hunter pony class before taking the section title, ridden by Karen’s daughter Jess Renshaw-Smith.

14. Litton Enterprise

Phoebe Price riding LITTON ENTERPRISE owned by Joanne Price, Champion in the Riding Pony of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 8th October 2016

The 148cm show pony stood champion children’s riding pony before clinching the prestigious supreme title on Sunday, ridden by 14-year-old Phoebe Price for producer Julie Templeton.

15. Millwood Kaiser Chief

Charlotte Lister riding MILLWOOD KAISER CHIEF owned by Emma Lister, during the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Another from Julie Templeton’s yard, Millwood Kaiser Chief topped his 133cm show hunter pony class with Charlotte Lister in the saddle.

16. Bloomfield Excelsior

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Mark Chesters took the ride on the Shades Of Grey syndicate’s “Rex”, who measures over 18hh and stood hunter champion. The six-year-old won his heavyweight class with Jayne Ross, but she opted to pilot Time 2 Reflect in the championship and stood reserve.

17. Caegarw Cococabana

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The plaited coloured pony title went to this seven-year-old, who was contesting only his fifth-ever show and scored a first HOYS title for owner Beverley Hood and rider Harry Moore.

18. Chantilly Bojangles

Robert Walker riding CHANTILLY BOJANGLES owned by Kim Colosso Champion in the Small Show Hunter of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 5th October 2016

The small hunter title went to this five-year-old by Kroongraaf. It was a particularly special result for owner Kim Colosso as it was only the horse’s second outing with his new producer, Robert Walker.

19. Gryngallt Picture Frame

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Producer Emma Holder was left celebrating when Gryngallt Picture Frame landed the show hunter lead-rein final, ridden by Eugenie Godfrey-Faussett.

20. Kinclune Danny Boy

Virginia Osborne riding KINCLUNE DANNY BOY owned by Marguerite Osborne, Champion of the Ridden Heavy Horse Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Virginia Osborne celebrates winning the British ridden heavy horse title, which was introduced this year, aboard her mother Marguerite’s Clydesdale.

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21. The Life Of Riley

Hayley Sankey riding THE LIFE OF RILEY owned by Hayley Sankey, Champion in the Coloured Horse & Pony of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Hayley Sankey’s home-produced 10-year-old stood unplaited ridden coloured horse of the year with PE teacher Vicky Smith.

22. Rathnaleen Gothic

Lizzie Smith riding RATHNALEEN GOTHIC owned by Kim Smith, during the Supreme Pony of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Lizzie Smith and nine-year-old Rathnaleen Gothic, who is produced by Adam Winborne, won their 158cm intermediate of show riding type division before taking the title.

23. Whelpley Watchman

Imogen Simpson riding WHELPLEY WATCHMAN owned by Helen Wyn Davies, during the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship during HOYS in the NEC in Warwickshire in the UK on 9th October 2016

Crowned the 153cm show hunter pony winner for the second year running, Whelpey Watchman is produced by Jessica Prichard and owned/ridden by 19-year-old Imogen Simpson.

Don’t miss the full Horse of the Year Show report in the current issue of Horse & Hound (13 October).