© 1st Class Images. Oliver Hood riding the 2017 supreme, Diamonds Are Forever
With just weeks to go until Horse of the Year Show, the suspense has been building to find out who will be judging this year’s showing supreme championships ahead of the gala evening finale on the Sunday. The show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena from 3rd – 7th October.
This year, the judges of the highly respected Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Championship and the Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Championship will be judged by Mr Jeff Osborne and Mr Mark Tamplin. Mark, a well-known producer of Welsh ponies and Jeff, who has been a keen supporter of the show for over 30 years both as a sponsor and as a showing and scurry competitor, will have the difficult yet honourable job of deciding who this year’s supreme champions will be. Last year’s deserved recipients of the Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Championship and the Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Championship were Sharn Linney’s Thistledown Van Der Vaart and Diamonds Are Forever III ridden by Oliver Hood.
Supreme pony of the year 2017, Thistledown Van Der Vaart
Throughout the week at HOYS, 30 championships cover the most popular of British breeds and types, and then the respective champions go forward to contest the show’s most respected supreme of show titles. Tens of thousands of competitors set out each year to gain a coveted finalist place for HOYS, contesting the HOYS qualifiers which are held around the country.
See first-hand who this year’s champions will be by securing your seat in the Andrews Bowen International Arena for the Sunday evening performance. This year we have a special platinum jubilee package which offers a discounted all day Sunday ticket so you can make a full day of it including watching the Supreme preliminary judging in the TopSpec Arena in the daytime. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://hoys.co.uk/tickets/general-tickets/ or call the Box Office 0844 581 8282.