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Tickets are on sale for October’s Horse of the Year Show, with last year’s prices frozen for more than half of the performances this year.

Previous visitors have been granted access to an exclusive pre-sale from last Friday (31 January), while the main box office opens on Thursday (6 February).

The organisers are expecting around 60,000 visitors to Birmingham’s NEC this autumn (8-12 October).

Besides the usual prestigious dressage, showing and showjumping classes, there will be a new showing championship this year — the ridden part-bred pony of the year, for part-bred Arab and Welsh ponies.

Displays include the return of the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry and the Eilberg Dressage Masterclass.

Tickets, which start at £28, can be purchased on www.hoys.co.uk/tickets or tel: 0844 581 8282.

Concessions, season and group tickets are also available.