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The showing judges for this year’s Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham NEC (6-10 October) have been announced.

Alisa Pease (conformation) and Samantha Prior (ride) will oversee the hack classes, while Ann Green (conformation) and Judy Bradwell (ride) will judge the riding horses.

Ros Jones will be sorting out the hunter weights, while Linda Brundenell is to preside over the small and working hunters. Ros and Linda’s ride co-judges are currently still waiting to be announced.

Hopper Cavendish will judge the conformation of the ladies hunters, while Anna Levy will be onboard to confirm their suitability to carry a lady side-saddle in the hunting field.

The conformation of the cobs will be under the scrutiny of Ros Hargreaves, while David Bartram will be in the saddle for this popular class.

Pony classes

Mairead Ryan is going to make the trip over from Ireland to judge conformation in the show pony classes, alongside Jane Brace. Mary-Rose Cole will be in charge of the young competitors in the show pony lead rein and first ridden.

The show hunter ponies will be in the capable hands on Anthony Williams and Arthur Illsley, while Paul Billington and Tracey Whiting will judge the working hunter ponies.

Elizabeth Rennie and Ann Daut have accepted the invitation to judge the mountain and moorland ridden classes, while Maureen McTiffin will be looking after the native lead rein and first ridden classes. Georgie Sabin and Dougal Dick will judge the native workers.

Other classes

Jennifer Harrison and Vanessa De Quincey will preside over the intermediate riding types, while Gillian Hill and Antoinette Roxburgh will judge the intermediate show hunters. The intermediate workers will be in the capable hands of Helen Goldie and Peter Johnson.

The Arabs will be sorted out by Janet Connoly and Mark Fuller, with Josephine Jefferson and David Machin in charge of the coloured classes.

Michael Goodwin will be lending an international feel to the judging, travelling from New Zealand for the miniature classes, while Andrew Counsell and Caroline Douglas will be in charge of the harness classes.

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