Horse & Hound readers will be able to pick up this Thursday’s issue of the magazine (25 December) a day early this week, due to the Christmas break.

Horse & Hound’s editor Lucy Higginson says: “The Horse & Hound team has really burnt the midnight oil lately to ensure that our readers have plenty to read this Christmas. Our next issue goes on sale a day early, on Wednesday – that’s CHRISTMAS EVE – and we hope readers enjoy snoring off Christmas lunch behind our fun Review of the Year issue.”

The Christmas issue includes a review of the highs and lows of 2003, from Pippa Funnell’s amazing Rolex Grand Slam achievement to the disappointment of the British show jumping team failing to qualify for the Olympics.

In addition to all the regulars, such as news, features, columnists and reports from all the disciplines, this week’s magazine remembers the horses and people whose lives ended in 2003 and unveils the winners of the H&H annual awards, which are voted for by HHO users.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this special issue by visiting your local Horse & Hound stockist on Christmas Eve.