Presented by Beta

4TH - 6TH AUGUST 2017

Arena Attractions

FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017


PONY CLUB TEAM SHOW JUMPING

Sponsored by British Equestrian Trade Association

8.45am Main Arena 
Always a fiercely fought competition between 20 Pony Club Teams to see who will be the best on the day.   


DUBARRY BURGHLEY YOUNG EVENT HORSE CLASSES

9am Harringtons Arena

This hugely popular competition is the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.  Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse 


SATURDAY 5th & SUNDAY 6th AUGUST

Main Arena Attractions


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13:30 SUNDAY ONLY

Born in 2002, Valegro is the dressage wonderhorse who, with his rider Charlotte Dujardin, has wowed the world, winning title after title and setting new records in all three types of grand prix. He retired from competition after retaining individual Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Games.

A dark bay KPWN gelding standing at 16.2hh, his successes include individual and team gold in the 2012 Olympics; individual gold in the 2016 Olympics; the grand prix and grand prix special gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 European Championships; and individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. At Olympia 2014, he beat his own world record to achieve the highest-ever recorded grand prix freestyle dressage score: 93.4%.
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Valegro belongs to Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott. He has lived at Carl Hester’s yard in Gloucestershire since he was a two-year-old. Valegro is by Negro, out of Malifleur (by Gershwin). Carl’s protégée Charlotte Dujardin was given the ride on Valegro as a young horse to bring him on for Carl to ride, but their partnership proved too strong to dissolve. Despite being asked to name their price after the 2012 Olympics, Carl and Roly decided that they wanted to ensure the horse’s future was secure and Valegro is expected to remain at Carl’s for the rest of his days.

Although he has now retired from competition, Valegro remains in work and will continue to entertain his fans with special appearances. His official retirement ceremony took place at Olympia 2016, where he produced an outstanding performance of his London 2012 freestyle to a packed house, proving that he was bowing out at the very top of his game.

Famously, Carl believes that horses should be allowed to be horses, so Valegro has always received regular turnout, and is hacked out by 77-year-old Tricia Gardner, a member of the dressage team during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  and his groom is Alan Davies. According to Carl, Valegro’s biggest love is grass. Valegro’s stable name is Blueberry.



ATKINSONS ACTION HORSES

Saturday & Sunday

Atkinson Action Horses have spent the past twenty years training horses and riders for Film & TV.  With recent credits from Poldark (Season 2), Victoria, Peaky Blinders, The Living and the Dead & Hippopotamus – it is guaranteed this elite force has at some point invaded your TV screen!

Now for 2017 it is time to saddle up, strap in and hold on tight – as this fearless team of stunt riders are bringing their unique display to the Festival of British Evening.

Get ready for an astounding display of tricks and stunts normally reserved for only TV and the Big Screen.  All in front of your very eyes. Tricks/stunts include: Roman Riding, Drags, Falls, Pick Ups, Flips, Horses Rearing and Laying Down.

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Be prepared for your heart to be in your mouth as you watch the riders demonstrate astounding acrobatics. The Show also includes a short but stunning section dedicated to the art of Liberty – displaying the seamless harmony between the horses and their on screen trainers.
This action packed show has choreography and commentary by the teams very own Benjamin Atkinson.


SHETLAND PONY GRAND NATIONAL 

Shetland Pony Grand National

Saturday & Sunday

The ponies are only 40 inches high and the silk-clad jockeys no more than 13 years old but the competition is just as fierce as at Aintree in this Lilliputian Blue Riband of Steeplechasing.

First past the post in the final round will qualify for the final at the famous Olympia International Show Jumping Championships in December. The racing is fast and furious. Backing a winner is not easy as the ponies have come from all corners of Great Britain including the Shetland Isles. Some have raced the previous season, and others are new to the exciting sport of Shetland Pony racing.


DRESSAGE TO MUSIC - Desi Dillingham MBE

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Saturday & Sunday 

British Dressage is booming with over 16,000 full members and over 38,000 associate members.  We have enjoyed a great surge in growth across all ages and we are very proud to show you some of the top performers in their age groups and a few that we hope to take over on the world stage in the not so distant future.

The display will show ponies and horses at different levels and will end with a Dressage to Music display at the top level – the Grand Prix.


PONY CLUB MOUNTED GAMES 

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Local Pony Club Senior teams will compete in the fast and fun Mounted Games.


DISPLAY BY THE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION  

2pm Saturday Only

RDA horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.

Their network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and Hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people each year.

The RDA have been carrying out  life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of their instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all) and offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one.

The RDA rely on voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver thier services and are peforming at The Festival this year with some local RDA groups.


THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE BEAGLES 

Saturday Only

The RAC Beagles were formed in 1890 and have been going ever since exept during the two World Wars.  The country they hunt is within approximately a ten mile radius of Cirencester and they only continue to hunt due to the goodwill of farmers and surrounding packs of Foxhounds.

They are hunted by students at the college who are supported by a professional in kennels. Between them they look after around 30 couple of hounds. The Hounds are fed entirely on the fallen stock from the surounding farms, this is considered a valuable service by the farmers and goes to show how important hunting is to the rural economy.


THE DUKE OF BEAUFORT'S HOUNDS

Sunday Only

The Hounds are kennelled at Badminton and are out four days a week from November to March - even more during Autumn hunting later in August.  Under the Mastership of the Duke of Beaufort and Captain Ian Farquhar, hunted by Mr Matthew Ramsden, they are a popular and traditional part of the countryside and perform a vital service for farmers.


HARRINGTONS ARENA


PONY CLUB SHOW JUMPING 

9pm, Saturday Only

We are holding 80cm & 90cm team show jumping competitions as well as our team show jumping on Friday.  Over 20 teams will be competing.


ARENA EVENTING  

9pm, Sunday Only

NEW FOR 2017 - This year we are running Arena eventing in the Harringtons Arena.  This will be a two phase competition of approx 9 show jumps and approx 9 cross country fences, the courses will be designed by Di Boddy and Captain Mark Phillips respectively. We will hold two classes, one at 90cm & one at 100cm, Schedule and Entry form will be available online from our competition page shortly. 


FUN DOG SHOW - Saturday & SundaySupporting our Sponsors BETA

Please bring your dog along and enter on the day.

TIMECLASS
 11:00 Most Handsome Dog
 11:30 Prettiest Bitch
 12:00 Best Rescue
 12:30 Best Veteran 
 13:00 Best Child Handler (7-12 yrs old) 
 13:30 Best in Show 


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'HAVE A GO' DOG AGILITY - 10am-4pm

Why don't you bring along you four legged canine friend and enter the “Have a Go” Dog agility completion.

For more information please email: info@gatcombe-horse.co.uk