What is the Prince Philip Cup?
First held at Horse of the Year Show in 1957, the Prince Philip Cup is a world-famous Mounted Games competition featuring fast-paced action, as six Pony Club Branches and Centres compete for the coveted trophy.
Teams go through a series of Area Competitions and Zone Finals to qualify, making it one of the most hotly-contested events in The Pony Club calendar. Competing in fronts of thousands of spectators at HOYS is an experience not to be forgotten!
The action begins with the Thistledown Developments Cup, taking place across the first three sessions at HOYS. Teams are awarded points based on their placing in each session, and the team with the highest total score at the end of the Thursday afternoon session is awarded the cup. It serves as a great warm-up opportunity for the teams before the main event begins!
The Prince Philip Cup takes place from Thursday afternoon through to Sunday, with a total of six sessions. At the end of these sessions, the four highest-placed teams go through to the grand final for the chance to be crowned overall champion.
The teams competing in the 2019 Prince Philip Cup were:
- Atherstone Hunt
- Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt
- Sir W W Wynn's Hunt
- Staff College and Sandhurst Hunt
- West Hants
West Hants became the first team to retain the trophy since Oakley Hunt West back in 2012, and made it a clean sweep at HOYS with victory in the Thistledown Developments Cup and the Stable Cup. Their next target will be emulating Eglinton Hunt's five wins in a row between 1992-96!
Thistledown Developments Cup
Winners - West Hants
2nd - Sir W W Wynn's Hunt
3rd - Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt
=4th - Atherstone Hunt
=4th - Staff College and Sandhurst Hunt
6th - Strathearn
Prince Philip Cup
Winners - West Hants
2nd - Ahterstone Hunt
3rd - Strathearn
4th - Staff College and Sandhurst Hunt
5th - Sir W W Wynn's Hunt
6th - Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt
What an exciting year! West Hants are very worthy winners and it was a very close competition all week - any of the teams could have made it into the final night. I am so proud of the riders and their support crew, they have been a delight to work with. The stables and pony management has been superb and we have had lots of fun.Marcus CapelThe Pony Club Mounted Games Chairman and Acting CEO