Horse & Hound’s quick guide to HOYS

  • HOYS 2012 runs from Wednesday, 3 October to Sunday, 7 October at the Birmingham NEC.

  • Times. Classes start at 7am on each day in both the International Arena and the Caldene Arena. The retail village opens every day at 9am.
  • Travel. The NEC is accessible by rail and road. Visit www.hoys.co.uk for full details and directions.
  • Tickets. Prices start at £27 (concessions for under-15s, senior citizens and discounts for group bookings of 12 upwards). Season tickets start at £275. Visit www.hoys.co.uk for full ticket details and availability.

    Following with H&H

  • Don’t miss H&H on 11 October for our full 20-page report, with all the action and pictures from HOYS, including guest columnists.
  • Make www.horseandhound.co.uk your first port of call for each day of the show for daily interviews, blogs, up-to-the-minute results and news.
  • And if you are visiting HOYS, do pop along to the H&H stand – O5 – for fantastic subscription offers, prizes and great giveaways.

    Daily highlights

    There is a packed programme every day, but some highlights are:

    Wednesday, 3 October

  • Showjumping: spot stars of the future in the Squibb Demolition pony Foxhunter championship (Andrews Bowen International Arena)
  • Showing: see top native ponies in action in the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M ridden championship (International Arena)

    Thursday, 4 October

  • Showjumping: watch some of our finest young horses do battle in the prestigious H&H Foxhunter championship (International Arena)
  • Showing: it’s the highlight of the in-hand season – the prestigious Cuddy supreme takes place in the International Arena

    Friday, 5 October

  • Displays: fresh from the Olympics, dressage maestro Richard Davison will be giving his insights into riding a successful test in his masterclass
  • Showing: the SEIB Search for a Star competition is very popular – head to the Caldene Arena for busy classes and informative commentary

    Saturday, 6 October

  • Showjumping: don’t miss everyone’s favourite big red wall – it’s puissance night in the International Arena
  • Showing: take your seat in the International Arena for one of the most popular sections at HOYS, the Equimax/Eraquell cob of the year final

    Sunday, 7 October

  • Showjumping: cheer on your favourite rider of the week as the leading showjumper of the year class closes the show
  • Showing: the supreme horse and pony are crowned tonight in the International Arena. But before that don’t miss those great British giants in the shire horse of the year championship.

    To read our HOYS preview, including a guide to what’s new this year and who’s in contention to win the Foxhunter accolade, see this week’s issue of H&H (27 September 2012)

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