Equine Display Arena At Royal Show
and pony enthusiasts can look forward to a jam-packed program of
stunning displays in a new arena dedicated solely to equestrian
demonstrations at this year's Royal Show.
decision to convert the use of the ring, which was originally built
as a show jumping arena was made by organisers after last year's
feature co-ordinator, Emma Dineley said: "The arena was given
over solely to displays for the show following feedback from our
visitors. Staging all our equine displays in one area means it will
be better for audiences and we hope to catch the interest of non-riders."
jumping classes have now been moved to the larger Equine Arena 1
situated north of the Grand Ring.
packed program of demonstrations in the Equine Display arena covers
all four days of the Royal Show starting Sunday, 4th - 7th July.
Park Polo Club
Mornings will allow visitors to "have a go" at learning
how to swing a stick and hit a polo ball, starting on rates progressing
on to a highly trained polo pony. Afternoons at the show will see
a display game of international polo players competing for a challenge
trophy in the Show's 9,400m2 Grand Ring.
The Pony Club, the biggest youth organisation in the country, catering
for both boys and girls will be bringing its 75th anniversary celebrations
to Stoneleigh Park, presenting 40-minute displays on each day of
the Royal Show.
Saffron Walden Quadrille -
The Saffron Walden Quadrille Team has won the title of BRC Quadrille
of the Year at Olympia an unprecedented 4 times. Last year the team
led the 'Knights of Camelot' gala display at the International Dressage
Championships at Hickstead and was also a popular exhibit at Burghley.
demonstration has evolved from the Olympia competition where a team
(usually comprising of four horses and riders) performs a themed
ride in costume to music. The display aims to give an insight into
how a quadrille is put together as well as exhibiting several of
the winning displays.
Showing the Best of British Native Equine Breeds. The display will
incorporate some driven ponies from Hackneys and a musical ride
to native Mountain and Moorland ponies. The whole display will be
performed in proper showing dress.
For the first time ever the British Percheron Horse Society will
be holding their National Breed Championship Show as a 'Show within
a Show' at the Royal. With classes for both pure and part bred Percherons,
and also ridden Percheron classes, the Show is sure to contain a
plethora of Percherons.
Supporters of British Breeding
This year the Supporters of British Breeding have chosen to highlight
Eventing stallions in their display. Britain has long been acknowledged
as the most consistent source of top class eventers in the world
and this parade will feature some of the best-known Eventing stallions
and their progeny under saddle, alongside some up and coming sires
for the future.
Docking Carriage Driving
Carriage driving star Gary Docking will be sharing tips and advice
with crowds aimed at encouraging riders to get involved with the
grass roots pleasure end of carriage driving.
Gary Docking is one of carriage driving's most colourful characters
who has earned himself the title Mr Private Driving. Giving two
demonstrations at the Royal Show, Gary will be introducing the basics
of carriage driving, including vehicles to begin on, pony breaking
and harness up.
Harness Racing Club
Returning to the Royal Show after an eight-year absence, the British
Harness Racing Club will be introducing audiences to the Sulky (the
carriage used in harness racing) and the versatility of the Standardbreds
used in Harness Racing. Highlights include a demonstration race
and proof that the horses not only run fast, they can jump too.
David Lloyd of the Western Equestrian Society will be introducing
one of the UK's fastest growing equestrian disciplines to riders.
Using two horses as part of a 40 minute display, David will be dispelling
people's perceptions of movie rodeo riding.
Lloyd said: "Lots of people are coming over to Western riding
because we're not pulling the horse around. We show people that
weight distribution, voice commands and leg pressure are all you
need to control the horse through walk, jog (trot) and lope (canter)."
display will include Reining, an event requiring speed, accuracy
and total control of the horse by the rider. The discipline was
officially recognised for the first time at the last World Equestrian
Games in 2002.
in its 166th year, the Royal Show attracted 160,000 visitors and
around 800 exhibitors in 2003.
hotline: 0870 3666 544 or visit www.royalshow.org.uk, Advance rates:
Adults £12.50, senior citizens and children (5-15) £9.00,
family ticket - 2 adults plus 2 children - £36.50. On the
gate: Adults £15, senior citizens and children (5-15) £11,
family ticket £44. Under 5s free. Dogs are not permitted except
for registered assistance dogs.