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Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) logoWhat a brilliant Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) we have just enjoyed. Could there be any better way to mark the end of the summer season than with this brilliant show, packed full of national championship classes in showjumping and showing, as well as international showjumping competitions?

HOYS 2015 was held on 7-11 October 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham and attracted top names from across the disciplines. Ireland’s Billy Twomey claimed the prestigious leading showjumping of the year title, while the pony equivalent was won by Robert Murphy, who followed in the footsteps of his famous father, Peter, winner of the class some 30 years before.

The crowd-pleasing puissance lived up to expectations with two riders choosing to share the prize money after four rounds of jumping, despite one of them going out the side door on landing. Luckily 23-year-old Victoria Gulliksen had passed through the finish when she parted company with Grand Balou 4 so she still registered a clear. Belgian rider Karel Cox had a more comfortable passage on his relatively new ride, For Passion D Ive Z. Watch our interview with the winning pair.

The Horse & Hound Foxhunter final saw six come through to the jump-off, but no-one could beat Robert Maguire’s fantastic turn on Anastasia Van De Helle to take the title. Watch his winning performance here.

In the showing classes, Jayne Ross and Broadshard Simplicity were crowned the Ripon Select Foods supreme horse of the year for the second year running, while Sarum Rembrandt took the pony supreme under Sarah Parker. The Cuddy in-hand championship saw a second successive victory for Martin Wood, owner of Romanno Royale, who was handled by Simon Charlesworth.

The popular Search for a Star classes for amateurs proved as competitive as ever with four-year-old hunter, Game of Thrones, owned and ridden by Kieran Quinn, taking the supreme title ahead of Kate Partridge’s striking show pony, Mansion Hill Bertie Bassett, ably piloted by 10-year-old Izzy Partridge.

For the full report on all the action, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday 15 October. It’s going to be a cracker!

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Third time lucky for HOYS mini champion Zara Sharpe *VIDEO*

Two months of training with Valerie Swinburn paid off for the Sharpe family, with 10-year-old Zara Sharpe taking the Mini Show Pony title on her third appearance at HOYS. This will be her last show with her mother Lena’s Woodview Ianthe as she is out of the class next year…