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The final judging of the show hunter championship at the Horse of the Year (HOYS) show has been reinstated after uproar followed it’s loss at last year’s show.

Following a lengthy review of the show’s timetable, nine competitors from each of Wednesday morning’s weight classes will go forward to the afternoon’s final judging on the opening day of the show.

The Show Hunter of the Year Championship, which is widely regarded as one of the blue riband showing events at HOYS, will take place during the evening performance. The Champions will also go forward to contest the PricewaterhouseCoopers Supreme Horse of the Year during Sunday’s Gala Night.

The reintroduction of final judging is sure to be welcomed by all those supporters of the hunter classes at Britain’s biggest indoor equestrian event and especially by those trying to qualify for this year’s prestigious championship.

The judges for this year’s Show Hunter of the Year are David Walters from Sussex and Stewart Stevens from Devon.

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