Record attendance at the Bicester and Finmere Show

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Organisers think this year’s Bicester and Finmere Show was the biggest yet as the crowds made the most of the comfortable weather.

Now in its 54th year the show started out life as fund raiser for a local teenager who was paralysed in a riding accident.

MCBW-16-08-13 Bicester & Finmere Show''Pictured - Show jumper

MCBW-16-08-13 Bicester & Finmere Show''Pictured - Show jumper

Sally Haynes went on to win paralympic gold medals and earned herself an MBE.

Organising committee chairman Derek Ricketts has been involved for 30 years and has seen the event grow each year. He said: “Judging by the carparks it was a record attendance, they were completely was full up.

“I think the weather was in our favour, it was neither too hot and there was no sign of rain. And each year we have more and more attractions, we’ve worked really hard at it.

“It was originally a horse show, but we had a mammoth 60 stall arts and crafts marquee and another 60 trade stands outside, alongside all the donkey rides and fairground rides.”

MCBW-16-08-13 Bicester & Finmere Show''Pictured - Catherine Golds from Goldstone Design from Aylesbury

MCBW-16-08-13 Bicester & Finmere Show''Pictured - Catherine Golds from Goldstone Design from Aylesbury

Mr Ricketts said they had made the event more attractive to non-equestrian families and the show has become well known of it dogs show.

Despite that equestrian treats included qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show, and a high jump competition featuring top and aspiring jockeys.

Mr Ricketts said the early indications are that they will exceed last year’s £10,000 fund raising total, which once again will go to Spinal Research charity and the Back Up Trust which supports injured people once they return home.