New direction for Horse of the Year show

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The latest attempt to revamp the Horse of the Year Show, which runs from 24 to 28 September at Wembley Arena, will be the responsibility of EPS Events Ltd. The appointment of the company, which has four years experience of staging events at Wembley, was announced yesterday by Wembley Stadium Ltd.

Andrew Bozdan, a director of EPS and a committed horse enthusiast, will be the new event director. He is planning to bring "a new vision and approach to the show, with the overriding aim of making it commercially viable''.

The future of Britain's premier showground at Hickstead now appears to be in the hands of the minister with responsibility for sport, Iain Sproat, with whom urgent talks have been taking place following the loss of Silk Cut's sponsorship of the Derby meeting.