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HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW

Hit by a string of eventing fatalities since May, British riders will warmly welcome this annual extravaganza as a reminder of all that's best in the horse world. None more so than Rebecca Perry, 26, herself the victim of a 1994 car crash that left her neck broken in three places. Told she'd never ride again, she has won through to the finals of the coloured horse and pony class on five-year-old Domino.

Over 150,000 riders have competed at various levels to provide the finalists for this Wembley "Cup Final". The Puissance - the notorious wall that climbs to impossible heights - is only the most familiar highlight of a show featuring top national and international talent. Ponies, heavy horses, show jumpers, dressage or driving teams all have their moment in front of 40,000 spectators.

Eagerly awaited this year are the spectacular stunts and equestrian display of Jean-Francois Pignon. The Sterling Quarter Horses will illustrate the fast pace and tight cuts typical of this famous breed. And the British Young Riders Dressage Display will put on a show of effortless grace and beauty combined - completely belying the months of early mornings, hard work and endless training that bring it all about.

Wembley Arena, September 29-October 3. Tel: 0181 795 9595
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Meeke, Kieran
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 1999
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