Island Riding Centre hosted their first ever show stand at Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) this year, which was also the 70th anniversary show. Louise Buckner and the Island Riding team headed to the Birmingham NEC to advertise riding holidays on the Isle of Wight. The Island Riding Team included HTP college apprentice student, Kelsie Kenneavy.

Louise says “I was really proud of our team we took, the young girls were an absolute pleasure and I was really impressed with how they represented Island Riding Centre. I’m amazed at the confidence and attitude towards work, something I feel HTP college has helped grow”.

People were surprised at the quality of The Gallops at Island Riding Centre and beautiful complex with an impressive indoor arena dueto open later this month. Keep an eye on our social media pages for updates!

Outside Accommodation
Outside Accommodation

At the show, we were running a competition to win an all expenses paid riding holiday for 4 people, worth over £2,000. This was extremely popular, with over 5,000 people taking the entry postcards. Learn more at and don’t forget to enter – the contest ends on 31st October!

Whilst at the show, we also gave out hundreds of Visit Isle of Wight magazines and received such great response from people either looking for riding holidays or just a family holiday. The Island is such a beautiful and unique holiday destination. It was also great to see so many Islanders at Horse of The Year Show, as well as meeting people who have family here!

Island Riding Centre at Horse of the Year Show 2018
Childrens Riding Lessons

The Island Riding Centre stand had a very special guest, especially for the younger riders, Popular YouTube and Instagram vlogger Esmewho posts under This EsMe visited the stand and conducted an interview for her vlog. We also had a number of other exciting visitors, from Heck Food, Voltaire, Aztec Diamond and Snowdonia Cheese Co to the British Army, Olvossa and Guide Dogs For The Blind!

Voltair Design at Horse of the Year Show 2018

The grand finale of the week long HOYS trip, was the first ever HOYS charity auction run by the organisers Grand Stand. The famous jockey comedians Wocket Woy and The Pwoducer were the evenings auctioneers. Island Riding Centre donated the prize of a riding holiday for 4 people worth over £1,500. The prize went for £850 and the first year’s auction was to benefit Guide Dogs UK.

Louise Buckner, Director of Island Riding Centre said: “We were really pleased to work with such a great charity. Any charity that brings animals and humans together is a real pleasure”.

Aztec Diamond at Horse of the Year Show 2018
Wocket Woy & Pwoducer Horse of the Year Show 2018
Guide Dogs for the Blind Horse of the Year Show 2018