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Competitors saddle up for 2013 Horse of the Year Show

Theresa McCaffrey

Anticipation is hotting up for this year's Horse of the Year Show as all the runners and riders make their final preparations.

Birmingham's NEC will host "The World's Most Famous Horse Show" from October 9th to13th and visitors will be treated to a host of exciting spectacles from some of the very best in the business. The line-ups are also close to being confirmed with the final five British riders for the international classes recently being confirmed following the completion of wildcard events.

Nicole Pavitt, David McPherson, Tim Page, Ellen Whitaker and Robert Bevis will be among the British contingent at the show and compete against 15 foreign riders which will be announced in due course. It is a major achievement for all the wildcard entries who had to go through a highly competitive process.

Ms Whitaker, Mr Bevis and Mr Page were the latest to qualify and will no doubt be excited about the challenges ahead. Ms Pavitt and Mr McPherson were successful in the Autumn Show Jumping Class at Bury Farm Equestrian Village. Their qualifications are now buildings up to the showpiece event in Birmingham.

It is sure to be exciting few days as rider compete for some of the biggest prizes in the equestrian calendar. Four of the 11 international classes carry Longines FEI World Ranking Points but also carry a total prize fund of an impressive £150,500. It all culminates in the grand stage when the top riders will battle it out to become the Leading Show Jumper of the Year, an accolade which carries a prize of £40,000.

This is an event not to be missed and will showcase the very best talent that the equestrian world has to offer. For those of you interested can purchase tickets from the event website with prices beginning at £28 for adults and £24 for concessions when pre-ordered.