Celebrating HOYS supreme ponies of the year: 2003–2021

  • To celebrate the careers of the top ponies in the show ring since HOYS introduced the supreme pony of the year title in 2003, we look back through the H&H picture archives at HOYS supreme ponies of the year, including this year’s winner

    Congratulations to the Harrington family as their 148cm winner of the children’s riding pony of the year, Roseberry Final Edition (Eddie), took the 2021 Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) supreme pony title under Kirsty’s 13-year-old daughter Ellie Mae. Produced by Gill Thompson and her team, eight-year-old Eddie is by Rotherwood Pepping Tom, out of Litonhills Country Class.

    About this prestigious pony title

    The supreme pony of the year was first crowned at HOYS in 2003. Until then the top ponies of the show went forward to the supreme horse of the year championship.

    In 2014 the number of ponies forward for the supreme increased as all the mountain and moorland (M&M) champions became eligible (ridden pony, working hunter pony and mini pony), rather than only the M&M supreme pony of the year champion, as in previous years.

    M&Ms have taken the supreme pony title on five occasions so far, starting with Welsh Section A Penwayn Ryan in 2003. He was ridden by Laura Collett, who has since gone on to become an successful five-star event rider and won Olympic team gold in Tokyo.

    HOYS supreme pony of the year winners