Grandstand Media Limited is pleased to provide an update on the ongoing preparations for Horse of the Year Show 2021, (6th – 10th October 2021).
We are currently planning for next year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) to go ahead. Given that there are still many months until the show itself, we are considering numerous scenarios at this point.
Our number one priority is, and will remain to be, the health and safety of all those who come together to make HOYS happen, as we continue to support the government’s plans to control the spread of the virus.
It has been demonstrated, this summer season, that showing and showjumping competitions are able to adopt Covid-19 safety measures and run in accordance with guidelines. The team are working hard to confirm details for the 2021 qualifier season, to ensure that the much-loved Horse of the Year Show is both safe for everyone and a fitting Championship event.
Emma Williams, Horse of the Year Show event director, commented: “We feel a huge responsibility to our industry to try our best to ensure that the staging of the 72nd Horse of the Year Show can take place in 2021. We do not underestimate the huge task ahead of us, but with the goodwill of the equestrian community, be it the sponsors, trade exhibitors, visitors, competitors, staff, officials, volunteers and contractors, we believe that by pulling together we can come back with a show suitable and safe for the times that we are in. To those sponsors and trade exhibitors that have already reconfirmed their commitment to the show we are extremely grateful, and we hope that many more will join you. Horse of the Year Show is an institution that many of us love dearly; it is part of the UK’s equestrian heritage and we cannot let it disappear. Please join us on this journey in whatever way you can.”