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Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) logoHorse of the Year Show, commonly refered to as HOYS within the equestrian community, marks the end of the summer season with national championship classes in showjumping and showing, as well as international showjumping competitions.

The 2014 show took place from 8-12 October at the NEC in Birmingham attracting many of the world’s top riders including world number one showjumper Scott Brash, but the title of leading showjumping of the year went to France’s Julien Epaillard. Riding Cristallo A LM, Julien produced the only double clear of the grand prix.

Other highlights from the showjumping included Jude Burgess being crowned the new Horse & Hound Foxhunter champion with the seven-year-old gelding Carvelo Z. The inaugural silver and bronze finals for amateur riders proved popular, but things didn’t go quite according to plan for top British professional Ben Maher, whose horse Wings Sublieme fell while taking part in the Horse Radar Stakes.

In the showing world, few things top riding down the centre line in the HOYS spotlight. This year’s supreme horse title was won for an incredible fourth time in a row by Jayne Ross, this time riding Rosettes Direct’s riding horse Broadshard Simplicity. The pony title went to mini show pony champion Barkway Moonfairy, ridden by Taliah Aristidoufor Elizabeth Aristidou. The SEIB Search for a Star championships proved as popular as ever with the supreme title going to the show hunter winner, Nikki Johnson’s Diamond Roulette. The Cuddy supreme in-hand title was won by Rendene Royal Charm.

Unfortunately none of our bloggers enjoyed considerable success at the show, but you can catch up with their thoughts below. Another individual whose HOYS didn’t pan out as expected was headline act Antonio Fernandez, whose performance was cancelled after it became evident the “atmosphere in the arena was overwhelming his horse”. Top British vaulters Joanne and Hannah Eccles stepped in at the last minute to fill Fernandez’ slots on the Saturday and Sunday.

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