Timetable for Horse of the Year Show 2020 released

 Ahead of tickets going on general sale at 9am on Wednesday 11th March, the timetable for Horse of the Year Show 2020 has been released allowing time to plan your visit in advance. With exciting display announcements still to come, you can view the timetable on the HOYS website: hoys.co.uk/timetable

Along with exceptional entertainment and displays, the first part of the week is packed with all the fan favourites including the Mountain and Moorland classes on Wednesday through to Friday, the Dressage Future Elite Championship on Thursday evening, and the prestigious Supreme In-Hand Championship showcasing on Friday.

Emile Faurie in action at a previous HOYS
Photo courtesy of HOYS

Things hot up on the weekend, as the Saturday daytime showcases championships galore in both the TopSpec Arena and the Andrews Bowen International Arena.

The evening performance is equally exhilarating with the final installment of the Osborne Refrigerators Scurry Driving Championship and the continuation of the international showjumping classes including the highly anticipated Puissance.

Sunday remains the ‘day of champions’ as the show comes to a climax with the crowning of the Horse of the Year Show Supreme Horse and Pony of the Year and the Leading Showjumper of the Year.

There is also get the chance to see the awarding of the much-coveted Prince Philip Cup to the Pony Club team who have raced their way to victory in the Mounted Games heats. Rounding off a fantastic programme of equestrian talent will be the finale celebrations on Sunday evening marking the end of another fantastic edition of Horse of the Year Show.

Set your alarms for 9am on Wednesday March 11 when tickets go on general sale through website hoys.co.uk/tickets and the Box Office: 0844 581 8282 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Disabled bookings can be made by calling 0800 640 5001 and discounts are available for groups of 10+ through the Groups Booking Line on 0800 358 0058 or by emailing groups@theticketfactory.com.









Cheltenham warning to racegoers re coronavirus

RACEGOERS are being told to stay away from next week’s Cheltenham Festival if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with coronavirus and if they have travelled through any of the high-risk countries or been in contact with anyone that has.

The public health notice has been released by Cheltenham Racecourse.

Cheltenham warns festival racegoers of virus dangers
Photo courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse

It reads: “Do not travel to the Cheltenham Festival if: – You have any of the following symptoms – a cough, a high temperature or shortness of breath AND – You have been to or transitted through the high risk countries, or been in contact with anyone that has, in the last 14 days.

“To protect yourself and others please do not travel and call NHS 111 (GB) or HSE 112 (Republic of Ireland) for expert advice.

These measures are being taken in order for us to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing during the current public health situation. Thank you for your understanding. For more details, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.”

Hickstead show jumping news- and an important fundraiser

The International show jumping season  at Hickstead is only four months away, and the excitement levels are hotting up .

Hickstead has some news for anyone planning to compete there this summer. There has been a brand new development at the All England Jumping Course with annual membership giving accessto more than 70 days of sport.

From March, a professionally-built course will be set up in the 2plan Wealth Arena (the new name for the Bunn Leisure Arena), which is also used for polo during the winter months. Hickstead showjumping schooling will be open for March, April and the first part of May, ahead of the international show season, from 8am to 6pm.

The course height will be marked on the wings at 90cms, clients will be allowed to alter heights as required as long as it is reset at the end of the hour. Distances will also be marked on the sand and must be reset as before.

The courses will be designed by top level British Showjumping and FEI course builders and will be changed regularly. The arena will be hired out for exclusive use for £50 per hour, with all bookings to go through the existing hicksteadschooling.co.uk website.

A Hickstead fundraising target of £10,000 has been smashed within days, as the horse world rallies round to help support showing producer Rory Gilsenan. Rory, the winner of the Charles Owen Working Hunter Supreme Championship  at Hickstead showground last July, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2018, and since then has undergone two operations as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Please support fundraising for Rory Gillsenan, pictured above.

Sadly, he has recently suffered a stroke that has left him paralysed down one side and almost unable to speak. This latest fundraiser aims to help support Rory and give him vital physiotherapy and speech therapy to help with his rehabilitation. If you’d like to donate, contact Hickstead

Meanwhile, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup leg in Wellington saw all-female teams from Great Britain and the USA battle it out for the honours, with the two teams tying after two rounds of exciting jumping. But in the end the home side just bettered the Brits after a jump-off, with Beezie Madden shaving three seconds off Alexandra Thornton’s time to take the win.

The British leg of the series, will be held at Hickstead on Friday July 24.

BHS focus on equestrian road safety

Following the announcement by The Department for Transport (DfT) in 2018 that the Highway Code was set to be reviewed to empower cyclists and pedestrians, The British Horse Society (BHS) is pleased to announce that over the past six months it has been actively involved within the Highway Code Review Stakeholder Focus Group representing the safety concerns and needs of equestrians.

Horse safety in traffic
Photo: Sussex Safer Roads

The BHS, along with Cycling UK, Living Streets and The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency was invited to assist in reviewing the Highway Code to better protect vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The BHS said: “The British Horse Society works tirelessly to protect and promote the interests of all equestrians, and safety on roads is of huge concern to many riders and carriage drivers.

“Each year the number of road incidents reported to The BHS continues to grow and it is clear that better education is needed on how to safely pass horses.

“Having the opportunity to represent equestrians’ concerns as part of the review of the current Highway Code literature is an incredibly positive step forward in helping to improve conditions for equestrians.”

BHS on Tour delivers coaching sessions

NEW for 2020, The British Horse Society (BHS) has introduced ‘The BHS on Tour’ as part of its National Conventions – a day for recreational riders, packed full of inspiring coaching sessions from top coaches, riders and industry experts.

Yogi Bresner MBE FBHS, Equestrian Team GBR Performance Director and Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood MBE and Corinne Bracken will be delivering coaching sessions and offering their expert tips to riders looking to improve their skills and get the most out of their riding and horse care.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Richard Waygood and Yogi Breisner at British Equestrian Federation World Class Owners’ Day – Knightsbridge Barracks, London Photo by Jon Stroud

Hosted at four venues across the UK throughout the year, The BHS on Tour (supported by EC Pro) will also feature informative sessions on equine fitness and feeding, conformation, showing, riding out and course walking.

Tickets for The BHS on Tour are priced at £25 and more information plus ticket links can be found at bhs.org.uk/bhsontour.


15 March – Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire

29 March – Cavan Equestrian Centre, Republic of Ireland

04 October – Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

01 November – Scottish National Equestrian Centre, West Lothian, Scotland


The BHS is also continuing with its National Coaching Conventions for 2020, kindly supported by EC Pro.

The four coaching conventions, hosted at the same venues as The BHS on Tour events, will feature inspirational demonstrations from top equestrian coaches and expert advice from industry professionals on how to get the absolute most out of coaching.

Tickets are priced at £45 for The British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coaches and £60 for Non-Accredited Professional Coaches.

More information about the events and tickets can be found at bhs.org.uk/coachingconvention.


Goodwood racecourse three Friday nights are back

GOODWOOD Racecourse’s electric Three Friday Nights presented by NOW TV returns for the tenth year with its biggest names yet taking to the stage throughout June 2020.

The series begins on June 5 with Ibiza legend, house and techno veteran, Carl Cox. Followed on June 12 by Guilford-born drum and base superpower Sub-Focus, before Mike Skinner spins the ultimate crescendo on June 19.

Expect high energy and good vibes from “The King of Ibiza” Carl Cox. In a career spanning five decades and four albums, Cox is perhaps known best for his unprecedented fifteen-year residency at the legendary Space Ibiza.

He was a key part of Britain’s exploding rave scene in the late eighties and early nineties and has been a prolific producer ever since.

The boss of record label Intec Digital and owner of his own motorsport brand, Cox can often be found revving an engine at Goodwood Motor Circuit, but promises to bring a very different sort of noise to the racecourse.

A previous Friday night success at Goodwood Racecourse, featuring Rudimental.                        Photo courtesy of Goodwoood Racecourse


.Back by popular demand is another pioneer and stalwart of the British music scene – Mike Skinner. Best known as the poetic lyricist and ingenious producer behind The Streets, Skinner is innovative with his work showcasing a fusion of sound. His musical selections are as eclectic as his production capabilities, ranging from house to old-skool hip hop, via drum and bass bangers and peppered with his own, up to the minute remixes and classic tracks.

Three Friday Nights at Goodwood is known for being one of the most exciting series of events to take place on the South Coast, with DJ sets following an evening of horseracing.

After the last race has been run and the sun sets, the parade ring transforms into a laser-lit dancefloor, and the atmosphere is ignited for three unforgettable nights.

Adult tickets start from £40, with Juniors (13-17) starting from £30. Hospitality packages start from £102. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Goodwood.com or by calling 01243 755055.



PLUMPTON Racecourse’s next fixture – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Raceday on Monday February 24, has been abandoned because the course is waterlogged.

The next scheduled meeting is on Monday March 9,  when there will be an Anglo-Irish Raceday,

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Gates Open: 12noon
First Race: 2pm
Last Race: 4:30pmPlease call the Racecourse Office for
Hospitality bookings on 01273 890383.








Binks family continues to support HOYS

The Binks family is thrilled to be continuing its support, for a fourth year, of a Horse of the Year Show Championship very close to their hearts.

The family will be returning to sponsor the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship for HOYS 2020, including the four height sections leading up to this and including the 122cm, 133cm, 143cm and 153cm classes.

The Yorkshire-based family’s involvement with the show dates back to 1968 when their very own State Visit ridden by David Tatlow won their first Hunter championship title.

Success has followed the family since then, with daughter, Hannah Binks riding Trewolla Denzil, winning the 2002 title of Show Hunter Pony of the Year Champion.

For the 2020 show season Florence Davies will be flying the flag for the family with the Jinks Show Team produced first ridden Barkway Alfie Moon and the 2019 BSPS Novice 12.2 show pony of the year Rowden Holly Go Lightly.

In 2019, it was Kate Bankier’s Toncynfigg Liberty X ridden by Julie Bankier who took the title of The Binks Family Show Hunter Pony of the Year Champion in the TopSpec Arena.

Winner of the Show Hunter Pony of the Year Championship Kate Bankier’s Toncynfigg Liberty X ridden by Julie Bankier Photo: First Class Images

Horse of the Year Show Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are gladdened that this Championship has remained a cherished memory of The Binks Family and value their ongoing encouragement of this showing championship and our competitors.

“On behalf of everyone at Horse of the Year Show, we look forward to welcoming them back to the show in 2020.”

Hannah Binks commented: “The Binks Family are delighted to continue our support for the Show Hunter Ponies at HOYS for the fourth year.  We would like to wish everyone the very best of luck for the 2020 season and we hope you have lots of fun along the way!”

Horse of the Year Show takes place from 7th-11th October 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham bringing another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in March. To stay up-to-date with the latest HOYS news and to be the first to know what’s happening, sign up to our newsletter here: https://hoys.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/