New equine classes and improved facilities feature at one of the largest equestrian events in the region – the 180th August Bank Holiday weekend Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show. Entries are still being accepted for Showjumping classes – late jumping entries until two weeks before the Show with a 25% entry surcharge.
It takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, August 27 and 28 at Ardenrun Showground, Ray Lane, Near Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LL.
During last year the organisers canvassed opinions from competitors to understand how to improve the Show for riders, horses and owners. After discussions with British Showjumping and support from local show centres, an exciting new main ring qualifier from Ring 2 has been introduced – the Harwoods Landrover Knockout.
This qualifies the first eight male and eight female riders for a knock-out tournament where they will compete two at a time over separate courses simultaneously. In addition, open classes linked to British Novice, Discovery, Newcomers and Foxhunter classes have been added to the 2017 schedule.
The horse-walk has been extended and all the warm-up areas have been enlarged in the lorry park, Main ring and ring 2. Provision has also been made for hard ground with watering and aggravator machinery to be available if required.
Details of unaffiliated classes on Bank Holiday Monday which will appeal to both local riders and Riding Clubs in the area are all in the equine schedule on the website together with entry forms, online entry facility and news of activities around the Ardenrun Showground near Lingfield RH7 6LL (6 miles south of J6, M25) .
This show is a huge equestrian extravaganza with six competition rings, more than 100 classes and specialist shops.
The bonus is that it also offers other family members a wide range of activities and spectacles to suit all ages and interests. Attractions this year include the Shetland Pony Grand National, British Champion BMX & Mountain Bike stunt displays, tunnel racing – ferrets vs children, Meet the Meerkats, a Children’s Cookalong and The Ardenrun Challenge – teams with horses and dogs competing to build and go over obstacles showing how well people and animals can work together.
Advance ticket holders, including earlybird saver ticket holders, will be fast-tracked through the ticket queues this year for the first time. All under 16s go free with an adult ticket holder in the party. Details of reduced price tickets and also membership packages which allow entry to the members’ enclosure are at www.edenbridge-show.co.uk.