Take a seat and get comfy for the ride of your life with this year’s Ardingly Ring entertainment programme. We have action packed live demonstrations and displays featuring equestrian, livestock, ponies, hounds and our Inter Hunt relay. Activities will be taking place throughout each of the Show days which we are confident will have the crowd cheering for more! Come along and discover what entertainment we have on offer in our famous Ardingly Ring.
Atkinson Action Horses
Our thrilling Ardingly Ring entertainment act this year is equestrian stunt team Atkinson Action Horses, best known for their appearances in the television series Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria. Visitors will be able to meet both horses and riders in between performances, which take place twice a day in the Ardingly Ring at 12.45pm & 4.50pm on Thursday, 12noon & 5.55pm on Friday and 11.00am & 5.25pm on Saturday.
Hundreds of animals will take their turn in the spotlight at our famous Livestock Display and individual showing classes. Livestock and their exhibitors come from all over the UK to compete in the Show and this year there will be over 400 different classes of cattle, pigs, sheep and dairy and pygmy goats vying for the coveted champions’ rosettes. The Parades take place mid-afternoon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. See programme for the full timetable.
Shetland Pony Grand National
Watch the champion jockeys of tomorrow compete to win the thrilling Shetland Pony Grand National in the Ardingly Ring on Saturday 9th June. The heats take place on Friday at 12.40pm and 5.25pm and Saturday at 11.40am with the unmissable grand finale at 4.50pm. This year the organisation is raising money for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, so place your bets and get cheering for your favourite. It’s fast, furious and fun!
Cavalcade of Hounds
Visitors can enjoy a rare chance to enter the Ardingly Ring and mingle with the hounds and huntsmen at the parade of Foot Packs at 1.25pm on Thursday; there’s also a display and parade of Hounds on Friday at 1.50pm and a display and parade of Foxhounds on Saturday at 12.30pm when the Cavalcade of Hounds takes its turn in the spotlight. These hounds are such a friendly bunch, so make sure you stick around to meet the pack face to face!
Inter Hunt Relay
The popular Inter Hunt Relay always draws a big crowd, so secure a seat early. The two heats take place on Thursday at 3.15pm & Friday at 3.10pm with the semi-finals and final on Saturday at 4.10pm. The teams are: Crawley & Horsham Hunt; Old Surrey; Burstow & West Kent Hunt; Southdown & Eridge Hunt; Surrey Union Hunt; Kent & Surrey Bloodhounds; Mid Surrey Farmers Draghounds; Cookham Bloodhounds & East Kent Hunt with West Street Hunt.