Every October, the NEC undergoes a transformation like no other in order to host the incredibly impressive Horse of the Year Show – the biggest week of the year for equestrian entertainment. This year the show takes place from 2nd – 6th October 2019, and tickets are on sale now so don’t miss out! Whether you or a family member has an interest in horses, you want to shop ’til you drop, or just want to enjoy a spectacular display of entertainment, Horse of the Year has something for everyone.
Horse of the Year Show really is the ultimate celebration of the horse; every showing and national showjumping class has to be qualified for throughout the year, so you are guaranteed to be seeing the best of the best compete for the champion’s title. Each performance includes an element of competition along with a variety of displays from around the world. Not to mention the adrenaline-filled Pony Club Mounted Games, where teams will be competing in heats each day for their chance to win the highly-esteemed Prince Philip Cup on Sunday evening!
There will be plenty of exclusives for 2019, including, a Sunday evening performance hosting an impressive showcase of racing heroes never seen before at the show. Leading the charge of spectacular equine stars is four-time Cheltenham Festival winner: Big Bucks. He will be joined by a host of established racing icons of both the equine and human variety, with combined career winnings in excess of £10 million, in what is set to be a truly stunning parade of true equestrian excellence.
In addition to Big Bucks, Sunday evening visitors are set to experience a defining moment in racing history as one of the finest ever chasers, renowned for his power and grace, Sprinter Sacre joins some of the best Grand National winners in a one-off Horse of the Year appearance. Headliners include another Paul Nicholls graduate, Neptune Collonges; Pineau De Re who famously jump-started the career of his trainer Dr Richard Newland; Bindaree, the son of Roselier, and winner of the 2002 Grand National; the first novice winner of the Gold Cup in over 41 years: Coneygree; and the ever-popular hurdler with seven wins at Cheltenham: The New One.
Aside from the arena entertainment, there are also hundreds of shops located in the Retail Village and plenty of food and drink outlets to keep you fuelled and ready to explore this exciting show. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the wonderful horses and ponies in the Meet the Horses feature area located in the Retail Village and rub shoulders with some of their favourite riders with celebrity rider signings. Spread across five days visitors will experience spectacular horsemanship and be left feeling full of admiration for the spectacular talent on display.
Join the fun at this family-friendly event at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena from 2nd – 6th October 2019. Tickets start from £34.00 and can be purchased via the website https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or by calling the Box Office on 0844 581 8282. See you there!
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