Posted: 6th April 2020 | Back to news feed

The Leeman Family celebrate ten years of Maxi Cobs at Horse of the Year Show 2020 

Horse of the Year Show are delighted to be welcoming the Leeman family back as class sponsors in 2020. For the tenth consecutive year, Richard and Lisha Leeman will be sponsoring the Maxi Cob of the Year Championship, which will be making its debut in the Andrews Bowen International Arena this October.


Photo: 'Lord Alexander' and Stephen Norris winning the Leeman Family Maxi Cob of the Year Championship 2019 © 1st Class Images

The Leeman family own the well-known Kellythorpe Stud in Chelmsford, Essex. Since starting with their foundation mare 'Meacham Mambo No. 5' Kellythorpe Stud has produced an array of winning show horses and ponies, some of which have gone on to become Horse of the Year Show champions.

Last year saw Elizabeth Bury's Irish Draught gelding 'Lord Alexander' become the ninth champion to be crowned The Leeman Family Maxi Cob of the Year since the class' introduction to the show in 2011.

The generosity and support of the Leeman family also extends to other events including the Kellythorpes Leading Sire and Kellythorpes Leading Breeder Showing Awards Series which will run for its ninth year at Horse of the Year Show 2020.

Lisha Leeman commented: "Horse of the Year Show is an exciting time for all. As a family we love to see our horses competing, especially the home-bred horses and ponies."

Horse of the Year Show Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: "The generosity and support of Richard and Lisha Leeman goes a long way in encouraging competitors and promoting this fantastic showing championship. We look forward to seeing who will be crowned the tenth winner in the Leeman Family Maxi Cob of the Year Championship in October 2020."

Tickets for Horse of the Year Show are now on sale via the Horse of the Year Show website and the Box Office: 0844 581 8282 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge). Disabled bookings can be made by calling 0800 640 5001 and discounts are available for groups of 10+ through the Groups Booking Line on 0800 358 0058 or by emailing

Horse of the Year Show takes place from 7th-11th October 2020 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham bringing another year of breath-taking displays and unbeatable competition. The full timetable can be viewed on the website




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