We're getting ready to showcase our collection at the Horse of the Year Show 2019. It’s one of our favourite events of the year, action-packed and full of wonderful people.
This year’s show runs from the 2nd to the 6th of October at the Birmingham NEC and has plenty to offer those of you who are passionate about all things equestrian. From equestrian entertainment to adrenaline-fuelled competitions, one thing we can definitely assure is that you’ll have a spectacular time.
HOYS gets better and better each year, so what sort of experiences can you expect from this year’s event?
If you love the competitive side of equestrian eventing, you'll be pleased to learn that there’s plenty on offer this year.
Saturday Evening Puissance
Always an audience favourite, the Saturday Evening Puissance is a must-see event for any of you who are attending HOYS this year.
It’s surely the best-known show jumping competition in the world, pushing riders and horses to the edges of their endurance, strength, and stamina as they seek to clear the wall. The winner is the pair (horse and rider. It doesn't count if the rider falls off!) who have the highest clearance above the wall in the final round.
With no room for mistakes, you'll be sitting on the edge of your chair – holding your breath – as the world’s best show jumpers and horses show the world just how brave they are.
Definitely an event that’s much safer as a spectator than a competitor, but the thrill of the danger is what we love most about equestrian eventing and it’s epitomised by the Saturday Evening Puissance.
Will this year’s event see anyone break the World Puissance Record, set by Franke Sloothaak in 1991, at 7ft 10.5in (2.40m)? We’ll have to wait and see.
Speed Horse of the Year
Watch as the horses and riders compete at breakneck speeds to win the coveted title of “Speed Horse of the Year”. Always an adrenaline-packed event, it’s rarely clear who will emerge victorious until the very last microsecond. Literally, in 2013, Daniel Deusser riding Domingo, beat Guy Willams, riding Bijou Van’t Vijfheide by a minuscule 0.02 seconds!
Sunday Gala Evening Finale
We all live busy lives, and if you’ve found it difficult to make time for HOYS this year, then visiting on the Sunday for the Sunday Gala Evening Finale is a great choice. This is where we meet the winners of the week’s various events and we see the crowning of the “Champion of Champions”.
To find out which day you’re most likely to enjoy, use this handy guide from HOYS 2019.
It wouldn’t be HOYS without a little irreverence peppered throughout the week.
Lorenzo, “The Flying Frenchman”
Do you like acrobatics? Do you like horses (silly question: you must do. Otherwise, why would you be reading our blog)? If so, you'll love this display of courage as Lorenzo attempts daredevil stunts to woo the crowd with his strength, balance, and mastery of horses.
We’re particularly looking forward to Lorenzo, The Flying Frenchman.
Mélie Philippot’s “My Little Sister”
Making her first appearance at HOYS, Mélie combines dressage with comedic excellence to bring a little light-hearted humour to the week. Tricks, skills and stunts are the order of the day for Mélie. We haven’t seen her perform before, but judging by the buzz, you'll want to see this event.
Shopping and Fine Dining
With approximately 250 trade stands, a wander through the shopping area is a great way to break up the day, find refreshments, and engage in a little retail therapy. Arts, crafts, fine food and fashion, there’s something for everyone. You can even meet some of the horses in the “Meet the Horses” area.
If there’s a word that perfectly encapsulates HOYS’ Retail Village, it’s “Indulgence”. You'll find plenty to see and do. And, of course, we’ll be there too! We’re so excited to be showcasing our latest collection of clothing, including the new range of Chinese Brocade jackets – we hope to see you there!