8 September 1995

DARING DEVILS STAR AT WEMBLEY

HORSE of the Year Show thrills will be boosted with the flavour of the film industry this year as the Devils Horsemen stunt team demonstrate their form of horsemanship with 30 Andalusian horses, 18 riders and a giant screen.

Entertainment to attract a wider audience is one of the priorities for the new Horse of the Year Show management team – Wembley, First Artist and the British Show Jumping Association – but not to the exclusion of firm favourites such as the Pony Club mounted games.

Qualifying rounds for this Wembley final are now complete. Finalists include familiar contenders Eglington and Wylye Valley, who will be facing teams from Devon & Somerset, Essex South, Rockwood Harriers, and Sir W W Wynns Hunt. Heats take place at each of the afternoon and evening performances of the five-day show (Sep 27-Oct 1). The final will take place on the Sunday night – no doubt followed by the traditional lap of honour with the winning team bearing the Prince Philip Cup around the ring at a canter.

The Kings Troop returns to the show this year and each session of the revamped programme includes a prominent championship – among them the Volvo World Cup Dressage Championship and the Leading Show Jumper of the Year. Top names at the 1995 event will include show jumpers Michael Whittacker, Nick Skelton, Emma Mac and Tim Stockdale in the show jumping events, and Harvey Smith who will be acting as Master of Ceremonies.

As well as admitting holders to the Wembley International Arena, rover tickets and tickets for reserved seats admit to the Hall of Champions, Exhibition Hall 2. Activity here includes preliminary rounds of major competitions to enable more events to take place in the arena. Hall 3 will be known as the Pavilion and provide a huge equestrian shopping area.

For further programme information call (0181-900 2112).

Top show jumper Nick Skelton will be among those competing.