“Bigger and better than ever before,” is how Mandy Charlton, secretary of the equine section describes this year’s Northumberland County Show.
Record numbers of competitors attended the annual event last year. The show moved to a new location in Bywell, near Stocksfield, in the Tyne Valley and, as expected, some teething problems needed addressing this year. This year the organisers have changed the layout to provide better facilities for visitors and exhibitors alike.
Part of the new scheme has created two large new Working Hunter Pony rings to accommodate the extra classes in this section and car parks have increased in size allowing for greater ease and safety when moving horse boxes and trailers in and out of the showground.
Anthony Crozier, site manager, said: “We have listened to feedback and worked hard to avoid congestion and improve the infrastructure. This year’s six light horse rings, and generous warm-up areas, are located next to extensive parking areas exclusively for equestrian traffic.”
British Showjumping was reintroduced last year and proved so popular that the rings have been moved to a more prominent position, freeing up even more space for the light horse section. Specialist equestrian commentator Jo Jefferson from Harrogate has been employed for the event and is also a well-known judge on the circuit.
Schedules are out nowand potential competitors can download applications from the show’s website, www.northcountyshow.co.uk . For the first time exhibitors can enter online, making payment via Paypal.
Show secretary Gaynor Scandle said there has been a positive response to this development, with numerous entries received already. She said: “We’re excited that the new system has worked so efficiently and the uptake has been rapid.
“The information feeds directly into our catalogue so it reduces the workload for our volunteers and improves accuracy.”
The Northumberland County Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, 2014. There are lots of exciting things for all the family to see and do including alpacas, dogs, poultry, cavies and rabbits, stick dressing, baking and home crafts, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Visitors can see chainsaw carving and competitive sheep shearing, bee-keeping, and laser clay pigeon shooting.
The main arena attractions feature the Kangaroo Kid with his thrilling quad bike display and Fingle Dingle’s comedy clown car stunt show.