Equestrian

Showing & Showjumping

The South of England Show provides a fantastic opportunity to see every aspect of equestrian sport, from International Showjumping with classes designed by the 2012 Olympic course builder Bob Ellis, to the thrilling Shetland Pony Grand National races on Friday and Saturday. There will be majestic Heavy Horses, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery, the very best in horse driving with the fast and furious Scurries to the sublime and traditional private single and pairs classes. Showing competitors from all over the country take part in competitions, from the elegant side saddle to tiny tots on lead reins. Large and small, young and old, everyone with an interest in horses will be there. It all starts off on Thursday with the Hunter classes and the young stock classes, with the top animals competing for the prestigious Cuddy qualifier which culminates at Horse of The Year Show in October.

The Championship Prize fund for the Amateur Hack, Riding Horse and Cob classes has been raised to a compelling £975 and incorporates Home Produced and/or local Amateur Hacks, Riding Horses and Cob classes, which will all be run on the Friday of the Show

STOP PRESS: Horse of the Year Show qualifiers will again include Ridden Arab classes along with 31 other Horse of the Year Show qualifiers.

This year Showjumping will take place on all three days in the Balcombe ring, as well as the in the Ardingly ring.

NEW this year:

“What the judge is looking for” Interactive and educational display with equine expert Lynn Russell

Hackney Ring Thursday 8th June 11.30 -12.15pm

Join Lynn Russell, one of the top professional producers and judge of show horses in the Country and winner of major shows including Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International for over 30 years, for an interactive, educational display on “What the judge is looking for” sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds. 

Lynn who is an expert producing raw inexperienced horses into show champions will give members of the audience an opportunity to come into the ring and participate in the judging of a mock class, giving advise and explaining what to look for. This is a unique experience – not to be missed.

“Fun, educational and fun demo covering horse anatomy and biomechanics including common injuries and rehabilitation ideas for strengthening your horses back” with Bridgefield Physiotherapy.

Hackney Ring Thursday 8th June 12.15 – 1.30pm

Come and find out how physiotherapists assess the equine musculoskeletal system and which common injuries they see in the competition horse. Bridgefield will cover some biomechanics of the equine spine and share some rehabilitation ideas for strengthening your horses back.

Bridgefield Physiotherapy will display two anatomy painted horses that have been supplied from Equine Aqua Training.  One will demonstrate the spinal anatomy system and one the superficial locomotor muscle system.

See the Timetable for full details of event locations and timings.

Heavy Horse Village

No agricultural show would be complete without Heavy Horses and this year we are looking forward to a spectacular turnout from a wide variety of breeds. Competitors go to enormous lengths to groom and prepare these gentle giants of the agricultural world before they take centre-stage in the main Ardingly Ring, so come along to the Heavy Horse Village, generously sponsored by Sussex brewers Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd, and get up close to the horses, talk with their owners and discover more about one of our most popular contributors to the South of England Show.