Long term bute use discussed

Long-term bute use is discussed here  by Dr Sarah Davidson, BVMS, MRCVS, Sussex Equine Hospital.

Dr. Sarah. Davidson, BVMS, MRCVS of Sussex Equine Hospital. Ashington.

 

If you are lucky enough to have a horse that makes it to their twilight years you will be well aware of their tendency to slow down and stiffen up. For some horses, this happens in their mid to late teens and some soldier on into their twenties before their joints start to creak.

There are many, many factors that influence arthritic changes: discipline, individual biology, past injuries and ‘mileage’ to name but a few, but while a horse that has developed arthritis will need to managed slightly differently, it certainly does not mean they need to be retired!

 It is important to point out that what works for one horse may well not work for others. It depends on the severity of changes, location of changes and temperament of your horse among other things. There are tiers of invasiveness involved in treating arthritis and, here, I am going to touch on the more invasive procedures, but focus on long-term bute use as this is the most common treatment.

Arthrodesis is a procedure in which joints are fused permanently. This can be done by a few methods, but requires a general anaesthetic, a period of box-rest followed by acontrolled-exercise programme.

Joints that can be arthrodesed are the small hock joints and the pastern joint (joints with naturally limited movement). The decision to arthrodese joints is usually taken when there is so much damage that any other treatment would not alleviate pain to a satisfactory degree.

Following arthrodesis, the horse may or may not be able to return to work and decided on a case by case basis. On rare occasions, the fetlock joint can be arthrodesed, but this is usually following a severe, traumatic injury and is considered a salvage procedure.

Joint medication: for every joint in the horse, there is a given approach which allows a vet to insert a needle and either remove joint fluid for testing or inject medications. Commonly treated joints are medicated with steroids and/or hyaluronic acid, which targets inflammation and improves joint lubrication, respectively.

Medicating joints in some disciplines is common place and keeps the horse competing at the top of their game. However, the risks may outweigh the benefits for a horse in light work only. Joint medication lasts a varying length of time depending on the horse, the severity of joint disease, and drugs used.

 Phenylbutazone, or ‘bute’ in layman’s terms, sold as Equipalazone, is the choice of most horse owners for reducing stiffness and pain associated with arthritic changes.

After a discussion with your vet, your horse may be put on a trial period of ‘bute’ for two or three weeks and, if you find that your horse has a spring in his step that you haven’t seen for a while, regular ‘bute’ may well be the way forward for you. Of all the drugs we use in equine medicine, ‘bute’ in low doses is considered to be pretty safe, but no drug is used completely without risk.

Phenylbutazone is part of a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), which essentially do what it says on the tin. They work in the same biological pathway as steroids, modifying the body’s inflammatory response, but lower down the pathway and, therefore, have less side-effects. Side-effects that we see include gastric ulceration, kidney and liver damage and occasionally colitis, although this usually requires much higher doses than is commonly used for daily medication.

 ‘Bute’ comes in three forms: a powder added to feed; a paste; and an injectable preparation. Injectable ‘bute’ can only be administered by a vet and ‘bute’ in paste form is considerably more costly than powdered ‘bute’, handy for short-term treatment, but unrealistic for long-term medication.

If you struggle to get your horse to eat ‘bute’ in feed, there is a drug available called suxibuzone, a pro-drug, which means that it is converted to phenylbutazone by the liver. It is marketed as Danilon and some owners find that their horses eat it more willingly. There is also some suggestion that Danilon is less likely to cause ulcers than ‘bute’.

 In the initial stages of medicating your horse with ‘bute’, it is well worth spending time working out exactly how much is effective for your horse. It seems like common sense, but the lower the dose of ‘bute’ you use, the less likely you are to see side-effects and also the added bonus of more pennies in your pocket!

It may be the case that your horse only needs ‘bute’ in certain circumstances, such as in winter when it’s cold or if they do more work than normal as a one-off for example, a long hack on a Saturday may mean you give a sachet of ‘bute’ when you get home to prevent stiffness the following day.

As the years go by, you may find that where half a sachet of ‘bute’ used to cut the mustard, it no longer does. This is to be expected, but have a chat with your vet before altering the dose.

If your horse is on regular ‘bute’ treatment, you may buy a box at a time either direct from your vet or using a prescription from an online pharmacy. To do either of these, it is the law that your horse must be seen by a vet at least once a year.

Annual vaccination time is the perfect opportunity for this. On the topic of law, a horse being treated with ‘bute’ or Danilon at any stage of its life must have been signed out of the food chain in its passport. Once the relevant page in your horse’s passport has been signed by both yourself and your vet, it can never be sent for human consumption either by you or by anyone you may sell your horse to.

Some owners find long-term drug use concerning, regardless of the risk and side-effects, so it is important to mention here that as an adjunct, there are lots of options for supplementing the diet and modifying exercise regime to help with joint health.

It is worth asking your vet about efficacy of supplements before investing in large tubs of them as some are more effective than others and similarly, ask your vet to help you put together a tailored exercise program because what works for one horse may not suit another.

Finally, as with any medications for your horse, you must consider competing rules. Dependent of the competing body, there will be slightly different regulations, but any performance-enhancing drug will have a withdrawal and detection period to be observed. Mention during your veterinary consultation if you have any competitions coming up to ensure you are complying with regulations.

Plumpton doubles for two trainers

At the recent Sussex Raceday,  Plumpton welcomed  back racegoers for racing after a three week break. The focus on the day was everything Sussex including food drinks, crafts, wildlife and more.

It was a day for local trainers with doubles for Gary Moore and Zoe Davison, and five other Sussex trainer securing wins.

Finnegans Garden started the day off well for Zoe Davison and jockey Page Fuller winning the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Steeplechase after pulling clear from the last fence.

Zanzi Well, was a six lengths winner of the Hepworth Saxon Maiden Hurdle under a good ride from Gavin Sheehan for trainer Harry Whittington, following a strong run all the way round.

Trainer Gary Moore had gone 42 runners at Plumpton without a winner,  but this barren spell ended when he sent out It’s Got Legs, ridden by Jamie Moore to win the handicap hurdle, pulling clear from Mellow Ben to win.

It’s Got Legs going on to win for Gary Moore

 

A double quickly followed for Gary Moore when he won the handicap hurdle with a six length win by Age of Wisdom  beating Bazarov by six lengths. It ended his drought with no winners since November 19.

There was a double for trainer Zoe Davison and rider Page Fuller when they teamed up with grey Brother Bennett to win the Handicap Chase over two miles and four furlongs  for the second consecutive year. They came home clear by nine lengths of Champion Chase trained by Martin Bosley.

Strike The Flint coming home to win
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

The final race of the day, a National Hunt Flat Rave, went to Lewes trainer Suzy Smith when she sent out 9-4 favourite Strike The Flint, ridden by Gavin Sheehan.

 

 

 

 

 

SEIB Novice Winter Championships

BRC welcomed a new title sponsor for this year’s event, SEIB Insurance Brokers, who have been involved with BRC sponsoring both the Quadrille and the Horse Trials Championships in previous years.

This year’s BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Novice Winter Championships, took place on March 30 and 31 2019, at Arena UK in Grantham, Lincs.

This was a two day competition, for senior and junior riders, with almost 500 competitors taking part in team 80cm show jumping championships and a range of prelim and novice dressage championship classes for both teams and individuals.

The weather was superb over the weekend, with the five dressage arenas bathed in glorious sunshine all day Saturday. This year BRC also introduced several direct entry dressage classes for both veteran horse and rider, grassroots intro and native type dressage at prelim and novice level.

South Durham Saddle Club senior dressage team winners

Nicolina Mackenzie, SEIB Insurance Brokers Marketing Manager was on hand all weekend to present rosettes and sashes: “SEIB are delighted to be sponsoring these Championships this year, it gives riders something to look forward to, and compete in, during the long winter. I have been very impressed with the overall standard of the competitors and their lovely horses and ponies.

“This is the first time we have been involved and it has been a great experience, I have really enjoyed chatting to the riders. SEIB are the complete equestrian insurance broker offering cover for everything from the horsebox and trailer to horse and pony, riding school, livery yard and private home with stables.”

This year’s winners were: Senior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship 1, South Durham Saddle Club from Area 2, which finished on a team score of 12, just one point ahead of last year’s team winners Atherstone & District RC from Area 5. Dawn Dalby riding Myshall Travis won her arena with Helen Williams riding Secretly Unique and Caroline Tough riding Trevoulter Silver Replica continuing in great form following their tremendous successes last year. Victoria Parker riding Thornbeck Andrew, also put in a great performance to finish fourth in her arena.

“We did well at the qualifier and we have four consistent horses but you never know what will happen on the day or how you will compare as everyone who is here is really good,” said Victoria Parker. “To win overall is fantastic and we will definitely be having a night out to celebrate.”

The senior overall individual dressage champion, Kerry Tyrell riding Himoons Spellbound – New Forest RC in Area 17 was absolutely thrilled with her homebred, gelding.

“My biggest problem is remembering the test so when I went down the centre line at the end I was so happy to have got that far that I forgot to set up for the halt and we fell into it,” said Kerry.

“I only have a field to work in so we mainly hack out and only tend to canter at competitions or during lessons. Recently he has been really struggling when transitioning from canter to trot as he nosedives because his back end is so powerful but today I managed to put my leg on and ride him into it and it was one of the best tests we’ve ever done.”

Senior 80 Winter Show Jumping Championship    

Nick Staines once again built a bright, exciting championship show jumping track, which saw two teams finishing on eight faults after the two rounds, requiring a jump-off. Finn Valley RC from Area 14, kept their cool to post slightly quicker jump-off rounds to lift this year’s title. Longton RC from Area Area 3 took second place and Bath RC finished third.

The overall individual winner was student, Kayleigh Bowen riding her 14.2hh, Welsh, light bay, mare, Blaencwn Brenhenis from Cwmaman RC in Area 21, producing the fastest clear round jump-off time, from the ten double clear rounds during the day.

 

Junior Novice Winter Dressage Team Championship New Forest RC in Area 17, lifted the junior title, finishing on a team score of nine, two points ahead of an Area 9 team on eleven. All four New Forest RC team riders produced excellent individual tests and were so pleased with this result. Both Matteo Lallo riding Morrigian Bernardino and Callum Robertson riding Ferro Curry won their respective dressage arenas.

Junior Individual Champion Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore Riding Club

The overall individual junior champion was Charlotte Lane riding New Oak Thyme from Ingatestone & Blackmore RC Area 8. Charlotte and her diminutive bay pony produced a beautiful, expressive individual N24 test, which also helped her team to finish third.

“All I can say is ‘wow’,” said Charlotte. “I’m really proud of his test – particularly of the medium trot and the stretch in his walk – and of him, he tried so hard and was just brilliant today.”

Junior Novice Show Jumping Championship

This year saw Barnard Castle & Teesdale RC from Area 2, in County Durham secured the win, finishing on a team score of eight faults. The girls were so excited to clinch this title. Penistone & District RC and Billericay & District RC were second and third respectively, both on 16 faults, but Penistone had the quicker team round times.

The overall junior individual winner was 18 year old Sarah Endean riding her 23 year old ISH coloured, gelding, Bunnow Magpie from Tendring Hundred RC in Area 8, who finished in the quickest jump-off time, with three clear rounds.

BRC would once again like to thank sponsor SEIB Insurance Brokers and all the tremendous volunteers who helped made this such a successful weekend.

All results can be found on the BRC website:

http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/brc-championships/winter-championships

Exciting racing in Sussex at Easter

This Easter holidays, racecourses up and down the country are staging a host of family-friendly racedays, when under 18s (and in some cases under 17s) are admitted completely free of charge and extra entertainment is laid on to suit all ages.
Sussex Racecourses, Plumpton, Brighton and Fontwell Park, host a number of special family days between them, with entertainment taking place alongside the horse racing including fun fairs, donkey rides, Easter Egg Hunts and fancy dress.

Get close to the racing action at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Plumpton Racecourse welcomes its Easter Festival Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (21 and 22 April 2019), when top-notch racing and family fun collide in the racecourse’s biggest weekend of the year. With more than £200k of prize money up for grabs on the track over the two days, entertainment off-the-track includes a Fun Fair, Easter Egg Giveaway, Derby Horse Hoppers, face painting, donkey rides and live music.

Accompanied under 18s are admitted completely free of charge and adult tickets start from just £13.

 

Brighton Racecourse hosts its season opener and themed Mad Hatters Raceday on Saturday April  20, when racegoers are invited to don their favourite hat to be in with a chance to win a prize. Advanced tickets start at £18, and accompanied under 18s are free of charge.

 

Expect some exciting racing action at Brighton
Photo:Brighton Racecourse

Friday April 12 sees the Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday over at Fontwell Park Racecourse, when racegoers can enjoy a traditional Sussex Easter with seven excellent horse races and a range of free activities and entertainment for the children, including the hugely popular Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets start at £15 and again, accompanied under 18s are free of charge.

Exciting action at Fontwell Park    Photo Jeannie Knight

 

These fixtures form a part of Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign, which has been created to highlight the fact that young people can go racing for free throughout the year, resulting in an incredible day of impressive sporting action, fresh air and family entertainment that really doesn’t have to break the bank.

Tragic death of Gaye Harwood

Gaye pictured with her horse Jimmy
Photo: Jeannie Knight

 

Following the tragic death of Gaye Harwood in a road accident on Monday morning, her sister, racehorse trainer Amanda Perrett, has issued the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that my dearest, beautiful, kind and much loved sister Gaye tragically died in a road accident near Pulborough on Monday morning. Our family, her partner Ben and gorgeous daughter Willow are devastated at our loss.

“She worked tirelessly in designing, building and running Coombelands Equestrian, we are all so proud of what she has achieved.

“On Sunday, she re opened the cross country course in great condition for the year.

“The best way you can support us as a family to go forward is to come and use her wonderful facilities, help us to continue developing them in her memory and enjoy riding, training and competing your horses here in the years to come.

“Bookings for the facilities will be in the usual way via the website, for the time being you can use my email aperrett@coombelands-stables.com and office number 01798873011.”

Amanda

Buy tickets now for Glorious Goodwood’s racing week

Horseracing has been a part of Goodwood since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport for the amusement of local army officers.

Fast forward 200 years and Goodwood’s racing season now consists of 19 unique racedays, including the flagship event, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

The opening day of the new season, not to be missed,  is on Saturday May 4, while the highlight of 2019 at Goodwood is the Qtar Goodwood Festival from July 30 until August 3.

With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, The Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the flat-racing season.

Qatar Goodwood Festival has top class racing and attracts record attendances
Photo: George Gunn

Elegant fashion combines with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.

On Ladies Day, Thursday, the Magnolia Cup is a major attraction, with amateur women riders from the world of celebrities competing against each other to win this annual event, which raises significant sums for charity.

Line-up for a previous Magnolia Cup
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Last year, eleven inspirational ladies burst through the stalls and raced across the course in a flash of colourful, bespoke silks.

None were professional jockeys, some of them had never even sat on a horse in their lives prior to a few months previously – but their resilience and determination shone through in support of Cancer Research UK.

This renowned charity event traditionally sees riders who are the leading women of business, sport, fashion, medicine and media take part in the opening race of Ladies’ Day, at one of the most exciting and glamorous horseracing events in the world.

Last year, the race was won by Katie Forrest, who lives in Chiddingfold in Surrey riding Hurricane Henry, trained near Chiddingfold by George Baker.

Her win in the race. which has raised more than £1.2m for charity since its inception eight years ago, was most appropriate, for her father, Tim, had been suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment. He and his wife Susie were at Goodwood to witness their daughter’s triumph.

Order your tickets now for Glorious Goodwood at https://ticketing.goodwood.com

 

 

Rain eases Aintree ground

Rain overnight has led to a change in the going on Aintree’s Grand National course for the three-day meeting starting on Thursday. A new going report has been issued, saying the ground is now good to soft, and soft in places.

A total of 10mm of rain fell on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which also resulted in the Mildmay and Hurdle courses easing to good to soft.   It was said to be good to soft, soft in places on the National course.

But Aintree officials said they were ‘very happy’ with the course, which could dry out quickly and expected conditions to be good for the big meeting.

Defi Du Seuil (left) in impressive action
Photo John Simpson

One fancied runner has been ruled out of running at Aintree on Thursday. Cheltenham Festival winner Defi Du Seuil will not run after knocking a joint in a routine piece of work at trainer Philip Hobbs’ yard.

The six-year-old winner of the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham  was widely fancied to gain another prestigious victory in the Devenish Nutrition Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday.

His trainer, Philip Hobbs said that despite this Aintree disappointment, he hoped Defi Du Seuil would recover quickly from what he described as ‘ a very minor setback’, and would would  able to run at Fairyhouse over the Easter weekend later this month in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup.

 

Goodwood and Stockholm racing bonus scheme

Goodwood Racecourse and Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, are delighted to announce a new bonus scheme to encourage horses to compete at both racecourses.

This exciting partnership will allow owners with horses competing in either country the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of running their horse at either the Qatar Goodwood Festival or The Stockholm Cup Day at Bro Park, two of Europe’s premier race meetings.

Goodwood launches new scheme with Bro Park Racecourse Stockholm

Any horse which wins a qualifying race at Bro Park on Stockholm Stora Day, Sunday 16th June, will be entitled to free travel and entry to a reciprocal race at The Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 20 to August 3.

In a reciprocal arrangement, any horse winning certain races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival will gain free travel and entry to selected races at the Stockholm Cup meeting  on September 22  2019.

Dennis Madsen, Head of Racing, Svensk Galopp, commented; ‘It’s a huge honour for Swedish horse racing to be associated with Goodwood Racecourse. However, we would not have accepted the relationship unless we thought we had something to offer towards it. It’s a great opportunity for Swedish owners to travel aboard and get a unique experience and, obviously, we believe we can give something back to British owners who want to run their horses at the valuable Stockholm Cup meeting.’

Ed Arkell, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bro Park and Svensk Galopp. This is a wonderful opportunity for Swedish owners to experience the unique charm of The Qatar Goodwood Festival and, equally, for British owners to run at Sweden’s most prestigious and valuable meeting.’

David Menuisier, trainer of last year’s Stockholm Cup winner, Thundering Blue, said: ‘This is a great initiative by Goodwood and Bro Park. We were looked after brilliantly at Bro Park last year and it is a really well run racecourse. We will certainly look to support this initiative and would encourage others to do so and experience racing in Sweden.”

Roy Arne Kvisla, top trainer at Bro Park and in Scandinavia in 2018: “This can be a great opportunity for us to broaden our views. It is normally costly to go on a long journey with the horses, but this is a golden opportunity to do so. Goodwood is a great racecourse and the track is very fair. If I have the right horse, I will be happy to go.”

 

Fontwell double for Moore family

FONTWELL Park’s latest jump meeting saw the Moore family back in good form, with trainer Gary Moore winning the opening handicap hurdle with Twenty Twenty, a lightly raced four-year-old, ridden by son Joshua Moore.

He beat the Emma Lavelle-trained favourite, Celtic Joy, sent off at 9-2, by just over a length.

A double followed when his other son, Jamie Moore, won the Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs with 9-4 joint  favourite Waikiki Waves, beating the other joint favourite New Millennium, trained by Phillip Hobbs and ridden  by Richard Johnson,  by just under three lengths.

First race winner Twenty Twenty ridden by Josh Moore Photo courtesy Fontwell Park Racecourse

Runners sent out at Fontwell or Plumpton  by trainer Linda Jewell, who is based at Sutton Valence, Kent, can always be respected.

This raceday was no exception, for she saddled up an 18-1 surprise when Ullrightharry won the Handicap Chase of the day over three miles two furlongs, ridden  by Brendan Powell. He beat 2-1 favourite Newtown Lad, trained by Michael Scudamore  by just over three lengths.

In the maiden hurdle over two miles three furlongs, trainer Phillip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson combined for Le Ligerien’s first win over obstacles. Sent off as 2-11 favourite,  Le Ligerien won by a comfortable 15 lengths and should go on to further victories.

Phillip Hobbs was another trainer in double form, for he also sent out 5-1 shot Victarion to win the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle of the day, ridden by Richard Johnson, by one-and-a-half lengths from Gary Moore’s runner, Deebaj.

Winner Victarion, provided a double for trainer by Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Trainer Linda Jewell won the opening handicap chase over three miles two furlongs with seven-year-old gelding Uallrightharry, ridden by Brendan Powell.

The winning horse has been carefully brought on with three hurdle races before he was switched to chasing, where he clearly has a good future. He was fourth on his initial outing over fences last month and should go on to more successes over larger obstacles.

Somerset trainer Jack Barber was in winning form, sending out seven-year-old French bred Shintori to victory in the two mile three furlongs handicap chase, ridden  by Nick Scholfield. He beat runner-up Truckers Tangle, trained by Alexandra Dunn, with Jamie Moore riding, by three quarters of a length.

A promising runner for the future was revealed in the National Hunt Flat Race at the end of the meeting. Only Money, a 6-1 shot trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon beat Milkwood, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Robert Dunne, by just under three lengths.

Milkwood put in a good performance, having had a wind operation recently, and should go on to reward connections in the future.

Fontwell Park’s next meeting is on Friday April 12 with an Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday when gates open at noon.

 

 

New sponsor for HOYS 138cm class

Showing its invested interest in supporting young talent in showjumping, Grandstand Media is delighted to announce that Aztec Diamond Equestrian will take on title sponsorship of the 138cm Championship at Horse of the Year Show 2019.

This class was introduced to Horse of the Year Show in 1992 with the intention of providing a platform for young riders and an opportunity to depict future stars. In 2001, the 138cm Championship was won by William Whitaker aged 12.

Two years later he returned to HOYS to take the Junior Foxhunter title and a further two years later he won the Junior Show Jumper of the Year.

Aztec Diamond Equestrian is an innovative equestrian clothing brand created by a young equestrian herself, so as a company they understand the importance of harnessing young talent, perfectly matching the ethos of the 138cm Championship which they are sponsoring.

138 cm championship at HOYS Photo: : 1st Class Images

Jordan McCabe, CEO for Aztec Diamond Equestrian, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the 138cm Championship at HOYS this year. It is an honour to be a part of one of the biggest events in the equestrian calendar and give our full support to the talented young riders and ponies showcased in the class.

“We have been exhibitors at HOYS for the past three years, each year we are overwhelmed by the visitor response to both our stand and the show itself.

“After getting to know what goes on there behind the scenes, we are so grateful for the huge amount of work put into the event each year by every person involved, from the organisers to the trainers.

“We really wanted to give our support to not only the talented young riders and ponies in the 138cm Championships, but to each and every person that makes HOYS one of the greatest events in the equestrian calendar.

“My team at Aztec Diamond have worked incredibly hard over the past five years to build the brand to be what it is today. Now to be recognised and appointed as official HOYS sponsor is a real honour. We are so excited to give back to an event that has given us so much over the years.”

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “On behalf of the show, I have great privilege in welcoming Aztec Diamond Equestrian Centre as a class sponsor of the 138cm Championship. The team at Aztec Diamond is so dedicated to its cause and is passionate about what it does.

“This has been evident in their stand popularity at HOYS over the last few years. I look forward to welcoming them back to Horse of the Year Show once again this year and wish them all the best with their new sponsorship platform.”

Join them this year at Horse of the Year Show for more than 16 hours of family entertainment daily at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, October 2 – 6 2019. Tickets start from £34.00 and there is a range of fantastic packages which can be purchased via the website https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or by calling the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.