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TOP BRITISH SHOWJUMPERS INVITED TO COMPETE AT HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW
Friday 24 August 2012
Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is delighted to announce the 12 British Showjumpers who automatically qualify to compete in the International classes at the “World’s Most Famous Horse Show”, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 3rd – 7th October 2012.
The invited riders, drawn from the British Showjumping’s Top Rider rankings as of 31st July 2012, are:
· Nick Skelton (Warwickshire)
· Ben Maher (Hertfordshire)
· Michael Whitaker (Nottinghamshire)
· Laura Renwick (Essex)
· John Whitaker (West Yorkshire)
· Guy Williams (Kent)
· Scott Brash (Peebles, Scotland)
· William Funnell (Surrey)
· Robert Whitaker (West Yorkshire)
· Tina Fletcher (Oxfordshire
· Peter Charles (Hampshire)
· Tim Stockdale (Northamptonshire)
There are still additional opportunities for British riders to compete in the international classes at HOYS. One of these will be at a wildcard qualifier hosted by Arena UK, Grantham, Lincolnshire (17th – 23th September) at its Major Championships meeting. Also, the winner of the British Showjumping Wildcard League series will go on to compete in the LG Arena at Birmingham in October.
The International classes, four of which carry Rolex World Ranking points, commence on Thursday 4th October and finish with the prestigious Leading Showjumper of the Year Grand Prix, which takes place during Sunday’s Gala Evening performance. The total prize money to be won throughout the International Showjumping classes this year at HOYS is £150,500.
The 2012 Horse of the Year Show will host the finals of the most highly regarded national showing and showjumping championships, alongside international showjumping 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 Showjumping 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.