The cream of Britain’s show horses and ponies will battle for separate supreme horse and pony titles for the first time at this year’s Horse of the Year show at the NEC, Birmingham (17-21 September).

Sunday’s gala night performance will see the champion native, show and hunter ponies from the following classes go to head-to-head for the Supreme Pony of the Year title and the prestigious Timberwolf Trophy:

  • Simpson Refractories Mountain & Moorland Pony of the Year
  • Brineton Colne Mountain & Moorland Mini Pony of the Year
  • Coloured Pony of the Year, sponsored by CHAPS UK (if champion)
  • PA Business Systems Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year
  • Charlotte Morgan Children’s Riding Pony of the Year
  • Bewley Homes Show Hunter Pony of the Year
  • More Working Hunter Pony of the Year
  • Sandal BMW Mini Show Pony of the Year

The champion show horses from the following classes will contest the inaugural PricewaterhouseCoopers Supreme Horse of the Year championships:

  • McCusker Show Hunter of the Year
  • Ladies Hunter of the Year, sponsored by Juniper Green Organic Gin
  • Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year
  • Coloured Horse of the Year, sponsored by CHAPS UK (if champion)
  • Ridden Pure Bred Arab of the Year
  • Osborne Refrigerators Hack of the Year
  • Integrated Packaging Small Show Hunter of the Year
  • Osborne Refrigerators Cob of the Year
  • Osborne Refrigerators Riding Horse of the Year

HOYS director, Mike Gill says: “The new supreme showingtitles will enhance the magic of the Sunday Gala Night performance, which also includes the Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Hurry Scurry, featuring leading National Hunt jockeys, the Prince Philip Cup final and the Horse of the Year Show Grand Prix show jumping.”

  • The Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship also has a new format for 2003. The championship will be judged under two height sections – a section for ponies (14.2hh and under) and a section for horses (exceeding 14.2hh).

    Formally known as the Cuddy Breeders Challenge, the championship has long been established as the most sought after in-hand showing championship in Britain.

    For more information visit www.hoys.co.uk. Tickets are available online or from the box office (tel: 08700 101052).