Heavy Horse Musical Drive & Heavy Horse Village

This year we are pleased to be welcoming Heavy Horses to the Show. They will perform a Musical Drive in the Main Ring as well as having their own classes. The horses will be traditionally turned out with their manes and tails braided while their drivers will be elegantly dressed. Set to stirring traditional music, the Musical Drive will involve complex moves including figures of eight and scissor movements.
When not in the Main Ring, these horses will be located in the Heavy Horse Village and members and visitors will be able to watch exhibitors preparing them and see these gentle giants up close. 

New Flock Competition

A new Flock Competition has been organised for this year. This is open to any flock in Dorset and will be held in June. For more details or to enter, contact Rebecca in the office on 01305 264249 or [email protected].

Watercress Feature

The Dorset Watercress Company, our local supplier of this traditional super food, are building—YES building—a feature in the Floral Pavilion of watercress beds since 1840 to help us celebrate our 175 years anniversary. This really is one not to miss—it is going to be amazing! 

Farm Produce moving to the modern era! 

The Farm Produce classes are being updated and modernised to bring the Wheat & Barley classes in line with current commercial purchasing.

Craft Returns in Dorset Artisan Tent

New for this year is a ‘Dorset Artisan Craft Tent’ which will have lots of local makers and producers displaying and selling their wares, ranging from ceramics to jewellery to textiles. The exhibitors in this tent are by invitation only and are selected by our group of craft specialists. 

New Goat Chairman and Vice Chairman

This year we welcome a New Goat Chairman and Vice Chairman. Anne Barnes moves from Vice Chairman to Chairman and Ben Young is the new Vice. 

The Homecraft Theme for this year’s Show is ‘Seasons’

The Homecraft Theme for this year’s Show is ‘Seasons’. The Homecraft Committee are introducing a number of new classes this year, as well as some variations on the traditional classes. New classes include a Decorated Umbrella which will be judged on public vote, a hand knitted toy and a patchwork quilt. 

Free Fall Red Devils 

We are excited to be joined by the Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, the official parachute display team of both The Parachute Regiment and the British Army. They will perform a spectacular display above the Main Ring on both Show days.

Member's Area

The Corps of Commissionaires are looking after the Members Area at this year’s Show. They will provide high calibre, well trained Security Industry Authority licensed professionals. 

Horse and Pony Schedule

The Horse & Pony Schedule has been altered for this year and there is the addition of some local classes as well as Heavy Horse classes. Another highlight for the section this year is a new Supreme Champion Pony or Horse on both days with a £250 prize. 

New Countryside Arena 

The new Countryside Arena will demonstrate what really goes on in our countryside. 

New Show Jumping Competition

This is a new competition that will be taking place on the Saturday afternoon for the first time ever in the UK.

New Livestock Classes

New Livestock Classes for this year Following demand from exhibitors a number of new livestock classes are being introduced. The Cattle section will have classes for Belted Galloways and Lowlines, as well as non-pedigree Dairy classes. The Sheep section will see the introduction of Portland and Coloured Ryeland classes. The Show will also be hosting the Tamworth Pig Champion of Champions competition.

31st Mar 2016 10:15:00

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