HOYS was first held in 1949 at Harringay Arena in Harringay, London. It was held as a yearly occasion which moved to Wembley Arena, London, after ten years. The show again moved to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center in 2002 because of the looming conclusion of Wembley Arena for reconstruction, where it is currently held each October. The occasion has expanded and more mind boggling every year in its bigger setting, remembering the presentation for 2003 of a broad Equestrian Retail Village.
Its motivation was to be a ‘boss of champions’ Show, and initially took the best from appearing and show bouncing rivalries consistently. These days HOYS apportions showing qualifiers to Societies and Shows and the Champions of these qualifiers contend at HOYS to be delegated the Champion of Champions. English Showjumping dispenses the National Showjumping qualifiers  Over 120 region and equestrian shows in Great Britain have qualifiers for this tremendous indoor occasion. It is hard to qualify and hard to win.
Due to some extent to its exclusive requirements of rivalry and its position toward the finish of equestrian year, the Show has become an irreplaceable asset in the UK wealthy in legacy and custom and is viewed as the most renowned pony show in the world retailstallion
The show runs each October and fuses a full program of worldwide show bouncing, the British National Show Jumping finals, Showing Finals and a scope of presentations and diversion including the Pony Club Mounted Games for the Prince Philip Cup.
In 1997 the then advertisers of HOYS failed. Show off Media Ltd were based at Wembley and with assistance from the shows existing allies, authorities and patrons the show went on that year under Grandstand Media Ltd. Following the 1997 show, Grandstand Media acquired a long permit from British Showjumping to manage everything completely  and they have since rejuvenated the show and content remembering an extraordinary festival for 1998 to recognize the 50th show. Pony of the Year Show stays a National Institution, the finale to the appearance year and the peak to the homegrown show bouncing year
2002 saw HOYS move from Wembley Arena, its home for more than 40 years to the NEC Arena, Birmingham. Strategically this was extremely confounded as the show takes up more than 50 sections of land (200,000 m2) of the NEC complex, yet with record participation figures and remarkable rivalry it was depicted by Horse and Hound as a ‘Win’ and was proclaimed a resonating accomplishment with sell out exhibitions all through the show.