As one of the longest standing horse shows in the UK to have been running consecutively for 70 years, this year Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is delighted to be able to share such a memorable occasion with its loyal and supportive fan base as well as encouraging new fans to come along and join in the fun. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena from Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th October 2018, #HOYS70YEARS is set to impress!
Starting out in Harringay in 1949 and later moving to Wembley Arena in 1959, the show grew in popularity as ‘the’ special event to mark the end of the equestrian season. Today, the Show is held at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena, its home for the last 16 years, where it takes up over 50 acres of the NEC complex. With 60,000 visitors and 1500 competitors across the five days, the show produces an array of equestrian entertainment as well as hosting National Showing and Showjumping Championships.
To mark the special occasion, HOYS will be incorporating more entertainment displays into the timetable than ever before with four varied displays offering something for everyone. There will also be a Sunday all-day ticket package to enable more people to stay and celebrate the Gala Evening Finale with us in style; this will be called the Platinum Jubilee Package and there will be just 1,000 packages available to buy on a first come first serve basis.
Following 2017’s Horse of the Year Show, where the event faced a challenging project to make changes to the layout of the Show due to alterations in the NEC’s infrastructure, the team has listened to customers’ feedback and made changes to the show. The changes include a redesign of the Retail Village to make even more space for the tradestands that you want to see there. Every single ticket variation provides full day access to the immense HOYS Retail Village too, so you can shop ‘til you drop and be surrounded by likeminded equestrian enthusiasts. The HOYS Live Zone will return to the Retail Village with a brand new line up of speakers and demonstrations, and the ever-popular Meet the Horses Area will also retain its standing in the Retail Village vicinity.
Emma Wardell, Event Director for Horse of the Year Show comments: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 70th Show this year; it is a tribute to our competitors, our visitors and all of our generous supporters that we have got to where we have today. Whilst the Show continues to evolve, the changes enable us to grow and to continue to provide the high standard of event which everyone expects to come and celebrate. The Show has a lot of gratifying history which we are extremely proud of and our aim is to continue to put on an unbeatable line up of equestrian entertainment but also to focus on what HOYS is all about – the horse and the competitors who strive to achieve a Horse of the Year Show accolade.”
Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2018 will go on sale on Wednesday 28th February, for what promises to be another exceptional event. If you wish to gain access to the 48 hour pre-sale starting on Monday 26th February then sign up to the HOYS newsletter.