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The British Show Horse Association (BSHA) is to hold a new in hand championship at the BSHA National Championship Show at Addington in September.

There will be 15 qualifiers around the country for the BSHA Martin Wood Supreme In Hand Breeding Championship for hacks, cobs and riding horses three years and under.

The winner of the Supreme Championship will receive £1,000, and an additional £500 will be distributed between the runners-up.

Sarah Carey of the BSHA, told H&H: “The class will demonstrate the future of our ridden horses in the years to come and is an exciting opportunity to promote the show horse.”

The championship will also help promote in hand showing, which Ms Carey believes needs revival.

“I hope people will start entering their breeding prospects and it will become a show-case that will continue for many years,” said Ms Carey.