Celebrating HOYS supreme horses of the year: 2003–2021

  • To celebrate the careers of the top showing horses for the past 19 years, we look back through the H&H picture archives at HOYS supreme horses of the year, including this year’s winner

    Congratulations to Robert Walker and Jill Day’s 10-year-old lightweight View Point, who collected 2021’s HOYS supreme horse of the year title. The beautiful bay – now a three-time HOYS hunter champion — has been garlanded at every major show across the country and there was no doubt in anyone’s minds that he was deserving of this prestigious supreme title.

    Being crowned top horse at HOYS

    HOYS (Horse of the Year Show) and the Royal International Horse Show are the two shows that all showing competitors aspire to qualify for. With qualifiers held around the country, only the best horses in the country collect an all-important ticket that allows them to compete in Birmingham.

    Once a horse has qualified, their rider then has to produce them ready for the big day so they can beat the best horses in their class from around the country. Many horses struggle with the unique HOYS atmosphere and it’s a huge challenge for producers to have a horse sparkling in front of the judges without boiling over.

    The lucky few who do win their class, and go on to be stand champion, will get the opportunity to go forwards to the prestigious overall championship to be crowned HOYS supreme horse of the year on Sunday.

    HOYS supreme horse of the year hall of fame