Jockeys are for the high jump at show

Bicester and Finmere Show. Show jumping from Lane Fox ring. Laura Hutt in action.''Ref 070805P-A033
Bicester and Finmere Show. Show jumping from Lane Fox ring. Laura Hutt in action.''Ref 070805P-A033

The excitement of a cavalry sport will be one of the highlights of this year’s Bicester and Finmere show on Sunday, August 11.

With over £18,000 of prize money to compete for this year, organisers are hoping to attract an audience of more than 3,000. The feature show jumping competition is the Area Trial, which will attract some of the country’s leading show jumping riders.

Organiser Sophie Hill said the Speedi-beat Hoys Grade C Qualifier and Area Trial is one of the largest competitions in the country and is considered to be the most prestigious national class.

She said: “We’ve also got the Barking Blondes from the BBC who will judging the novelty classes in the dog show, but the main events are the showing jumping.

“Normally the high jump competition consists of the winners of the showing jumping.

“But this year were are putting them up against bareback and side-saddle riders to see who can jump the highest. It will be interesting to see how the side-saddle riders stay on.”

The British Tentpegging Association will be one of the highlights when they demonstrate their horseback skills with a sword or lance.

And mankind’s other four legged friend will not be forgotten on the day when K9seekit training school provides a demonstration of olfactory skill.

Dog behaviourist Aimee Gardiner will also show fun way in which owners can enrich their dogs’ lives and environment.

Alongside the main show are the annual favourites including top class jumping and showing, a Kennel Club licensed dog show with pedigree classes and novelty classes such as ‘dog most like owner’ and ‘the waggiest tail,’ a bareback scurry, a parade by the Bicester and Whaddon Chase hounds, and a pony and rider lookalike competition.

There will also be a huge arts, crafts, gifts and food marquee with over 60 stalls from local businesses.

The Bletchingdon Silver Band will help provide the atmosphere for the event and there will plenty for young visitors including a funfair, face painting, and donkey rides.

Over the last 53 years the show has raised nearly £600,000 for spinal injuries research and charities.

Its was started in 1960 after 17-year-old Sally Haynes was paralysed in a point to point fall.

Since then Mrs Haynes has earnt herself an MBE and two paralympic gold medals.

Ms Hill added: “People keep coming aback year after year because it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

“It’s also packed with arts and crafts made by local people and is a chance to socialise with local business which support the event and the equestrian culture in the area.”

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