Musical theme to HOYS

By Justine Thompson

Event diary

01 July 2009 10:55

There is a musical theme to the Horse of the Year Show in October with a specially choreographed Phantom of the Opera act performed by movie stunt team, Daniel Naprous and the Devil’s Horsemen.

Alongside Daniel and the daredevil stuntmen, the young stars of the Cheshire Hunt North Pony Club will also have everyone on their feet with their very own HOYS School Musical, which is sure to be a real crowd favourite.

Daniel Naprous has followed in the footsteps of his father Gerard as a great horseman and showman and, with his team, has worked on numerous film and TV projects including The World is Not Enough, The Tenth Kingdom, Troy and The Last Princess to name a few!

Daniel started riding at a young age working alongside Gerard in live shows from the age of eight and, by the time he reached his teens, was acknowledged as one of the best trick riders in Europe.

Daniel will showcase his talents alongside the Devil’s Horsemen and will be unveiling an all-new theatrical performance unique to this year’s HOYS.

For the average 10-year-old, performing an intricate equestrian musical ride in front of a live audience of 9,500 is not something you do every day. However, for members of the Cheshire Hunt North branch of the Pony Club it will be a dream come true.

Eighteen members of the Cheshire Hunt North Pony Club will perform their HOYS School Musical during each performance at the Show.

The branch has been training for the event every week since December last year and are ecstatic at the prospect of being part of this year’s Broadway themed HOYS.

Helena Pettit, MD of show organisers Grandstand Media Ltd, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Daniel Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen, and the Cheshire Hunt North Pony Club to Horse of the Year Show 2009.

"We are all extremely excited about this year’s Broadway theme and the stunning new performances both acts have planned will be nothing short of spectacular.”

The show runs at the NEC Birmingham from October 7-11.  For info visit