The 2023 Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS) qualifiers have been introduced, together with new alternatives and cost-saving measures for opponents.
This 12 months’s occasion will happen from 4-8 October, on the NEC, Birmingham, and a Grandstand Media spokesman mentioned “reflective of the present local weather” the upcoming season will embrace an “opening up” of membership necessities for some HOYS courses, with the goal of offering opponents better alternative.
Hunter weights, small hunters, working hunter horse and girls side-saddle qualifiers will likely be open to members of The Displaying Register (TSR) and Sport Horse Breeding of Nice Britain (SHB(GB)), in addition to the British Present Horse Affiliation – and it’s hoped it will permit opponents to lower their spend on membership. HOYS “welcomes again” a relationship with SHB(GB), which had run till 2014.
- View the complete listing of HOYS qualifiers right here
“We’re working to supply elevated alternative for opponents who might compete throughout a number of courses and subsequently at the moment have a requirement to hitch a number of exhibiting societies,” mentioned HOYS equestrian exhibiting supervisor Jemima Walker.
“TSR prior to now has been a exhibiting society providing membership for HOYS M&M, plaited pony courses and coloureds, nevertheless with the new alternatives at HOYS via TSR, it appeared like a pure development to increase this to the hunter courses too.”
One other change for 2023 is the combining of the intermediate present courses.
“It has been extensively mentioned with the related exhibiting societies, over some years, the priority about numbers in plaited pony courses. It’s the ambition of HOYS that we proceed to help these courses, nevertheless as organisers we’re conscious that they have to mirror the present numbers in order that we will present elevated alternatives to courses which can be rising,” mentioned the spokesman.
“It is for that reason that the intermediate present using sort will now be mixed at HOYS to have the 153cm small intermediate and the 158cm massive intermediate courses as one championship. To take care of the identification of the courses, courses for each top sections will stay on the qualifying exhibits together with a subsequent championship to allocate the qualification ticket for HOYS 2023.”
The spokesman added that the variety of qualifiers for the intermediate present using sort has elevated to 18, to mirror this variation. The intermediate present using sort and intermediate present hunter finalists have the chance to win a brand new award at HOYS, based mostly on “presence, etiquette and ringcraft”.
The Scottish Horse Present will return this 12 months as a part of the HOYS qualification calendar, with courses together with working hunters, the Value Household in-hand, colored horse/pony, plaited ponies and M&Ms.
“We’re assured that exhibiting at HOYS is creating and shifting with the instances to mirror a championship that encompasses all breeds and kinds and supplies alternatives for amateurs and professionals alike,” mentioned the spokesman.
“We encourage the seasoned opponents to help the qualifiers new and previous, and to be a job mannequin and aspiration for these which can be taking their first steps into the exhibiting neighborhood.”
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