A spectacular collection of horses and riders will face a fresh and exciting schedule at the new-look Equine Section
The organisers listened to feedback from last year’s show and have therefore developed this year’s line-up to include lots of brand new classes that cater for all levels of equine competitors, from Shetland’s to Shires.
The Coaching Section offers a stunning display of team work and amazing synchronisation, playing host to the largest coaching marathon in the country, with many coaches travelling from far and wide having competed around the country and Europe. This year, a new trophy is up for grabs for the highest placed modern coach built after 1952, as well as watching the judging of the magnificent Coaching Marathon and Horn Blowing Competition. The new extended Coaching Area will also provide an opportunity to view the horses getting ready.
The British Show-jumping International Stairway competition tops the show-jumping bill, offering an opportunity to see existing British team members and new talent competing for prize money.
We are very excited to be introducing our new schedule, including a selection of the 2020 Equifest Qualifiers. Now classed as one of the largest competing events in the Equestrian calendar, Equifest attracts over 10,000 riders each year. The schedule caters for all in-hand and ridden classes, young stock to veterans, grassroots to Royal International Horse Show qualifiers, and with over 350 entries in 2018, we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of showing this year!
Offering an amazing selection of these magnificent horses up close, with traditional Harness and Farm Turnout classes giving everyone an opportunity to see these animals in their true glory. The beautiful Ladies Cart Display returns, with riders decked out in their stunning attire and there will also be the Ridden Heavy Horse competition, including new qualifiers for the Rare Breed Show, and the final for Saturday and Sunday competitors will include the championship of the Heavy Horse Turnout teams. Definitely something not to be missed!
The Formula one of equine, The British National Scurry Driving Championships will be wowing the crowds once more, driving at fast and furious paces around the Main Arena whilst avoiding an array of obstacles, competing for top spot.
New for 2019!
We are really looking forward to welcoming the Friesian Display Team to the Equine family, who will be performing the timeless Quadrille Display, a demonstration of horsemanship that tells a story, set to music with a team of four riders wearing costume. It will be a delight to watch.
Internet sensations, Wocket Woy and the Pwoducer will be bringing their hilarious humour to the Show by commentating on the Retraining of Racehorses classes on the Saturday. The duo’s love of horses and passion for racing is clear throughout their online videos. Though their posts are focused on humour, the pair strive to educate and build relationships all across the equestrian world and even allow viewers the chance to experience some of the behind-the-scenes and activities that you can expect to find in a racing yard.
We will also be welcoming Lottie-Elizabeth Photography as our new dedicated equine photographer. Lottie and her team will be covering all areas of Equine, making sure not to miss a single moment of the magic that will take place in the rings.
The School Show-jumping Qualifier returns, where local schools can enter a team of three to four members to compete for a place at the 2020 National Final of the British Show-jumping National Championships. This competition is open to all children aged 5 to 19 years old and can be part of a team or enter individually.