HOYS moves from Wembley!
The much loved Horse of the Year show is moving from Wembley, where it has been held since 1959, to the National Exhibition Centre from this year on.(this year Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October). Grandstand Media, the organizers, have signed a two year agreement with the NEC due to lack of space and the impending redevelopment of Wembley. Many in the horse world are worried about this move, feeling that a certain air of tradition surrounds the HOYS at Wembley, although they also undersatnd that if it is to continue at the high standards we all know, this relocation is essential. Limited parking, heavy traffic problems and no guarantees on the space to accommodate this large and busy show will be exchanged for the allround better equestrian facilities offered by the NEC. Let's hope this show continues it's great success in it's new location!
Australian Fires Hits the Equestrain World
The fires in New South Wales, Australia have not only destroyed rural outback and killed thoudands of wildlife, it has also affected the equestrain world. More than 500,000 hectares of equestrian establishment land is a small percentage of that which has been destroyed by the fires, which are said to be the worst in two decades. Event rider Christine Bates moved her horses to racing stables to protect her horses and another event rider, Ric Serrao, had his indoor school and surronding land totally gutted. Three weeks later, the fires are still going strong. Thankfully the little rain they recieved helped with the worst areas. Our hearts are with you all.