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BRITISH INTERNATIONAL RIDERS CONFIRMED TO COMPETE AT HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW
Monday 17 September 2012
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is delighted to announce the British International riders who will be competing at the “World’s Most Famous Horse Show”, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 3rd – 7th October 2012.
The list of 13 confirmed riders, which were initially drawn from British Showjumping’s Top Rider rankings as of 31st July 2012, includes two of the Team GB Olympic gold medal winning team. They are:
• John Whitaker
• Guy Williams
• Scott Brash
• William Funnell
• Robert Whitaker
• Tina Fletcher
• Peter Charles
• Tim Stockdale
• Joe Clayton
• David McPherson
• Chloe Aston
• Phillip Miller
• Robert Smith
Alongside those listed above, two more riders will have the opportunity to compete in the international classes at HOYS. These will be decided in a three-class wildcard competition held at Arena UK, Grantham, Lincolnshire from Wednesday 19th September - Friday 21st September at its Major Championships meeting.
There are 11 International classes held at HOYS throughout the week, commencing on Thursday 4th October and finishing with the prestigious Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix on Sunday 7th.
This class, in addition to three other classes, carries Rolex World Ranking points and has the biggest prize fund of Horse of the Year Show at £40,000. Taking place during the Sunday evening gala performance, it will provide an epic close to the show for competitors and spectators alike.
The total prize money to be won throughout the International Show Jumping classes this year at Horse of the Year Show is £150,500.
The 2012 Horse of the Year Show will host the finals of the most highly regarded national showing and show jumping championships, alongside international show jumping and an exciting line-up of equestrian entertainment, including the exclusive display The Final Charge by Atkinson Action Horses, the Equimax Pony Club Mounted Games for the Prince Philip Cup, Osborne Refrigerators Scurry Racing, a Dressage Demo with Richard Davison and a Show Jumping lecture demonstration with Tim Stockdale. The popular Think Like a Pony Interactive Feature Area will make a welcome return, and of course the famous HOYS Retail Village featuring hundreds of trade stands. An extra special finale on Sunday night will include iconic actor Brian Blessed reading the famous Ode to the Horse, “Britain’s Got Talent” sensations Only Boys Aloud performing some spine-tingling pieces and appearances from some special champions including our 2012 Olympic medallists and Grand National winner Neptune Collonges.
For show information, including the show timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.
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