One of the world’s biggest and most prestigious horse shows returns to Birmingham NEC. It is the ultimate show jumping event for spectators and competitors alike. The highlight of the weekend is the Leading Show Jumper of the Year, the ultimate competition featuring the best in international horses and their riders. There is also a chance for the younger riders, aged 16 and under, to take part with the Leading Pony Show Jumper of the year. There are competitions for novice horses, those competing for the first take part in localised events to win a spot at the Horse of the Year Show finals.
Birmingham Airport is only a brief train ride away from the venue. It offers a free air-link to Birmingham International Railway Station, which arrives directly at the NEC within minutes. If travelling from within the city or further afield, the NEC train station makes it the most convenient way to reach the venue. Carparking is also available with 16,500 spaces costing £12 a day. Tickets are separated into 4 catergories, with standard pricing costing between £30 and £85 per day. Concessions and group bookings are also available. Season tickets for the whole event cost between £235 and £365.
It’s worth booking in advance, especially if you want the best seats available. Check the layout of the venue when purchasing. Once the programme and timetable of events are released review which you wish to attend. The Leading Show Jumper of the Year will be the most popular event, but plenty more entertainment is on offer. If there are 12 or more of you attending, then you will gain a 15% discount, or bookings of 30 or more receive 20% off admission.
If you are planning to visit the Horse of the Year Show, choose from a selection of houses and apartments, B&B’s and other private rentals on the edge of the city, close to the venue. If you are staying in the centre of Birmingham, you can reach the NEC by train or car parking is available. Check our accommodation in Birmingham.
Check what else is on at the NEC or the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome and Barclaycard Arena. Those of you who love shopping, spend your money at the Bullring shopping centre. Cadbury World is a must for chocoholics. There’s also the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park close by.
Find out more about the Horse of the Year Show, including: booking tickets, calendar of events and timetable, the show itself, competitor zone and previous results, the retail village, press and media links as well as Horse of the Year Show news.
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