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One of the world’s most famous horse shows returns to Birmingham’s NEC this October with the most spectacular programme of events ever seen at Britain’s biggest indoor equestrian event.

The Horse of the Year Show, fittingly referred to as the ‘Show of Champions’, celebrates the end of the competitive season by crowning the winners of some of the most prestigious national showing and show jumping championships. With two arenas, 1,500 horses, 1,400 competitors and a huge variety of shopping in the 8,000 square metre retail village, more than 50 acres of the NEC Arena is transformed into a horse lover’s paradise.

Horse & Hound has joined up with the Horse of the Year Show to offer one lucky winner and a guest a VIP trip to the show, including the chance to experience the exciting atmosphere during both the daytime and evening on Thursday, 5 October, plus an overnight stay to make the most of the event.

The lucky winner will be able to enjoy all this fantastic show has to offer. The prize includes top-priced seats on Thursday to see all the day’s action and sample the excitement of Horse & Hound Foxhunter night, a backstage tour and plenty of time to browse the 250 stands in the retail village.

Also included is a room at the official hotel, with complimentary tickets to the HOYS grooms’ party, where there is the opportunity to rub shoulders with Britain’s leading riders.

To enter this fantastic competition simply complete the form on page 77 in the 10 August issue of Horse & Hound and return it to Caroline Francis – HOYS competition, Room 2108, Kings Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LS before 30 August 2006.

  • Horse of the Year Show 2006 is at the NEC, Birmingham from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 October. For tickets call the box office (tel: 08700 101052) or visit the new website at www.hoys.co.uk