New Forest and Connemara ponies are to have their own separate finals at next year’s Horse of the Year Show (9-13 October 2013).
During the Mountain and Moorland ridden pony of the year championships the two breeds will have their own finals for the first time since the introduction of the classes in 1999.
Following the announcement earlier this year that there will be eight stand-alone qualifiers for both breeds from 2013, in addition to a number of combined qualifiers, these individual finals will enable the two breeds to compete independently.
Organisers Grandstand Media said the move comes after a “significant increase” in the number of “top-quality New Forest ponies coming forward” to qualifiers and the “increasing volume of Connemara entries” at qualifiers.
For more information visit: http://hoys.co.uk/competitor-zone/showing-qualifiers/