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Sponsors Continue to Support HOYS in 2020

Horse of the Year Show is delighted many sponsors will be returning for a consecutive year, backing the 2020 Horse of the Year Show which takes place from 7th-11th October 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham.

Some are as follows:

Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Ltd

After another successful show in 2019, Horse of the Year Show is delighted Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Ltd will be returning for a second consecutive year, backing the Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship, including the preceding 122cm, 133cm, 143cm and Exc 143cm Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year classes in 2020.

Horse of the Year Show 2019 saw a returning champion back to claim their title in the Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship. After taking the win in 2017 Amy Smith and her 12-year-old Connemara gelding, Laburnum Richard, were once again crowned winners of to take this prestigious title.

Amy Smith and Laburnum Richard winner of the Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony of the Year Championship in 2019 (credit: 1st Class Images)

Jemma Atkinson of Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Limited, one of the UK’s leading steel fabrication and plant hire companies, commented: “As a family we have shown horses and ponies for many years, and the ultimate aim for everyone in the showing world, is to win that golden ticket to compete at HOYS, so there is no better feeling than being in a position where we can support the show and be part of the HOYS magic.”

The Price Family

The Price Family will return to Horse of the Year Show as class sponsors for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, supporting the Mini Show Pony of the Year classes and Championship, including The Price Family Lead Rein Pony of the Year, The Price Family First Ridden Pony of the Year, and The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship.

The Price Family Lead Rein Pony of the Year gives children under the age of eight the opportunity to ride in a competitive environment, while The Price Family First Ridden Pony of the Year gives riders under the age of 10 their first chance at riding in the TopSpec Arena by themselves. First and second place from each then go forward to compete in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship.

Most recently, The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship saw Barkway Mr McGregor and Georgina Storey crowned overall winner at the show in 2019.

The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship saw Barkway Mr McGregor and Georgina Storey crowned overall winner at the show in 2019 (credit: 1st Class Images)

The Price Family themselves are no stranger to the show ring, with daughter Phoebe securing qualifying places at Horse of the Year Show for the last six years. In 2016, HOYS saw one of Phoebe’s showing highlights as she rode Litton Enterprise to victory in the Children’s Riding Pony of the Year Championship and then went on to be crowned Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year.

Darren Price comments: “Horse of the Year Show is a very special occasion for the Price Family and we have been lucky enough to have some amazing experiences as competitors over the years. We really want to continue to endorse HOYS, and specifically the Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship, to support and encourage the development of our young jockeys and encourage them to continue in our great sport.

The Gribbin Family of Vale Farms Ltd

The Gribbin family of Vale Farms Ltd are looking forward to sponsoring the Vale Farms Ltd Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type of the Year Championship once again at Horse of the Year Show 2020.

From qualifying for the Shire Horse of the Year Championship to the Supreme In-hand Championship, the Gribbin family have had great success at Horse of the Year Show over the years. Owner of Vale Farms Ltd, Antony Gribbin, is especially well known within the Shire Horse world and is also the proud breeder of Leaventhorpe show horses which have bred and produced several champions.

Not only are the Gribbin family looking forward to sponsoring at this year’s event, but daughter, Bryony, is also set to compete across a number of Horse of the Year Show qualifiers in 2020 with the hopes of making it to the show in October.

At Horse of the Year Show 2019, it was Cheryl Elcock’s Welsh Section A pony, Mardruid Caradog that took the title in the Bryony Gribbin of Vale Farms Limited Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type of the Year Championship.

Cheryl Elcock’s Welsh Section A pony, Mardruid Caradog took the title in the Bryony Gribbin of Vale Farms Limited Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type of the Year Championship at the show in 2019 (credit: 1st Class Images)

Antony Gribbin comments: “I am delighted to once again sponsor the Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type Championship. It is wonderful to see young riders compete at such a fantastic event, starting their showing careers on some of the best ponies in the country. It is a great privilege to be associated with the world’s most famous horse show.”

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