Horse Country Show 2017
EASTERN SHIRE HORSE ASSOCIATION (Founded 1983) (Registered Charity
TWO COUNTRY SHOWS MERGE TO FORM A MASSIVE EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
WEEKEND EVENT – THE BLINDLEY HEATH HEAVY HORSE AND COUNTRY
This early May Bank Holiday weekend sees a new event for the family
to get out and enjoy the countryside – the Blindley Heath
Heavy Horse and Country Show at the East Bysshe Showground RH7 6LF.
An amalgamation of two popular local shows, this massive event will
feature the largest collection of heavy horses in Southern England,
a Dog Show, Falconry displays, vintage tractors, historic vehicles
including a horse-drawn fire engine, “Keep it Local”
craft marquee, a Food Hall displaying regional foods and a traditional
fairground. For the first time visitors can also meet Meerkats and
other exotic animals close up, learn about them and be photographed
with them. Other new attractions include daily main ring displays
of sheepdogs from Freddie’s Farm rounding up a flock of ducks
– and they don’t always behave as well as sheep; lots
of Bank Holiday Family Fun. Learn about Coppicing with demonstrations
of old country crafts. Walkabout entertainment including juggling,
spinning plates and a Circus Workshop with Juggling Jim.
Sunday 30th April sees the magnificent working heavy horses demonstrating
their skills. See the sheer muscle power of these gentle giants
as they harrow the land, using traditional techniques. Their agility
will also be put to the test in exciting timed trials where horses
pulling harrows weave through hazards and obstacles to compete to
be the fastest. The Ridden Heavy Horse classes take place on Sunday
and the Miniature Horses make a welcome return.
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May is showing day where the horses get
dressed up in their finery. The day includes In-hand and Driven
Classes. The Mare and Foal Class is always popular with visitors,
giving them the chance to see the progression from foals to fully
grown horses. The Young Handlers Class gives handlers aged 12 –
18 the chance to show off their skills. The Trade and Agricultural
Turnouts include Brewery Drays, Wagons and Tip Carts. All Class
winners will then compete for the Supreme Champion of the Show.
The increasingly-popular Family Dog Show takes place on Monday afternoon,
along with “have a go” Agility Classes, so bring your
dog along to enjoy the fun. Monday also sees Agility demonstrations,
a Working Terrier Show and Terrier Racing. www.sesha.org.uk has
details of how to get involved.
Each day ends with a spectacular Grand Parade of Heavy and Shire
Horses – a rare sight indeed to see so many all together in
one ring and something which every member of the family will remember.
The Show’s organisers, The South Eastern Shire Horse Association,
are pleased to announce that the Show will be a qualifying class
for the Kilmannan Ridden Heavy Horse Championship. The highest placed
pure bred Shire, Suffolk, Clydesdale and Percheron within the affiliated
pure bred heavy horse ridden class will qualify for the ridden championship
final at Equifest.
“Our newly-expanded Blindley Heath
Heavy Horse and Country Show is going to offer all generations something
a bit different for the Bank Holiday – a chance to see rural
traditions, countryside activities and a wide variety of animals
close-up” said Paul Bower, Chairman of SESHA. “Still
central to the enlarged Show will be the ever-popular classes which
show off the traditional skills and the magnificent grand parade
where more Heavy Horses will be gathered together than in any other
place in southern England.”
The 2017 Show will be held on Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday
Monday 1st May and the venue will remain at East Bysshe Showground
on the A22 between Blindley Heath and Newchapel RH7 6LF. The charity
is keen to educate and interest the next generation about Shires
and Heavy Horses and therefore is offering FREE entry to all children
under 16. Gates open at 8.30am and there is plenty of free parking.
Tickets are £10 for adults on the gate and reduced to £8
in advance, details at www.sesha.org.uk