Skills and Craftsmanship

As a charity, the South of England Agricultural Society is passionate about raising continued awareness and understanding of the British countryside, food and farming and bringing valuable learning opportunities about the countryside and land-based industries. We are dedicated to working hard to educate the next generation about the vital importance of British agriculture and the part that they can play to ensure sustainability and its future.

Horseshoeing Competition

Organised by the South of England Agricultural Society, the horseshoeing competition is run over all three days of the Show. It aims to uphold the standards and skills of shoemaking by traditional methods. Ponies, hunters and the heavier roadster horses are worked on, with separate national and county competitions. Techniques are regularly explained by our stewards who will be happy to answer your questions, so do come along and join us.

Young Artisan of the Year Competition – celebrating great craftsmanship

Showcasing outstanding skills and craftsmanship in people aged 14 – 21yrs across the South East. The competition includes entries in ceramics, forged metal, textiles, metal jewellery, design & technology and wood. The Young Artisan Trophy will be presented at the prize-giving on Saturday 8th June at 11.00am. The display of entries to this unique competition gets better and better every year and is well worth a visit so make sure you check it out.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations and Competition

A blacksmith is a craftsman who fabricates objects out of iron by hot and cold forging on an anvil. Blacksmiths who specialised in the forging of shoes for horses are called farriers. At this year’s South of England Show, our expert blacksmiths will be delivering a range of live action demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing through competitions and exhibiting (including national competitions) – don’t miss out on watching these impressive guys in action!

Wood Carving

Display and demonstrations of chainsaw wood carvings taking place through-out the show.