Presented by Beta

4TH - 6TH AUGUST 2017

Arena Attractions

FRIDAY 5th AUGUST 2016

PONY CLUB INTER BRANCH TEAM SHOW JUMPING

Sponsored by British Equestrian Trade Association

Always a fiercely fought competition between 20 Pony Club Teams to see who will be the best on the day.    For more information go to our Competition page

DUBARRY BURGHLEY YOUNG EVENT HORSE CLASSES

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. For more information go to our Competition page


SATURDAY 6th & SUNDAY 7th AUGUST


MAIN ARENA ATTRACTIONS


THE DEVILS' HORSEMEN COSSACK DISPLAY TEAM

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Stars of ‘Game of Thrones’, The Devil’s Horsemen will be thrilling the crowds once again after a nine-year absence from the event. The Cossack-costumed riders will be hanging upside down, standing on the horses and performing other impressive feats of agility during daily performances across the weekend.


Started more than 40 years ago by Gerard Naprous, the Devil’s Horsemen’s stunt team riders need more than just physical fitness, gymnastic ability and a taste for danger, they have to have a willing accomplice in the form of a horse who enjoys tearing along at full gallop, while it's rider is hanging at impossible angles from it's back, or vaulting, or even standing on the saddle!


The Cossacks originated on the great Russian Steppe, successors and descendants of the Golden Horde and Genghis Khan who staged the only successful Winter invasion of Russia in history.  The horsemanship of the Mongol Cavalry was the most effective in Military history. Now in peace time these battle techniques have been transformed into acrobatics on horseback.


SHETLAND PONY GRAND NATIONAL

Shetland Pony Grand National

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.


YE OLDE RED TAIL FALCONRY DISPLAY

Bringing the ancient art of Falconry into the modern age with a fast and exciting display that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages  Nowhere in the country can an Eagle Owl be seen at such close quarters, as the audience finds out what it's  like to be a mouse!


SCURRY DRIVING

Or to give it the correct title Double Harness Scurry Driving.  A pair of ponies in an arena pulling a carriage around a course of cones.  The fastest around the course, without disturbing the cones or marker balls is the winner.  Its fast, furious  and fun, the F1 of the horse world.  We can be seen at many shows across the country.

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The cones or 'gates' are 170cm wide and the front axle of the carriages has a minimum track width of 130cm, you can imagine that there is not a lot of room to drive ponies and carriage through.  We have to rely on the skills of the groom moving from right to left and back again to balance the carriage and keep all four wheels on the ground.  Occasionally things do go wrong and the carriage tips and the driver and groom are ejected but, the skill is keeping everything upright.

Could you be interested in taking part in this exhilarating sport.  Why not contact the Scurry Driving Association with a view to 'having a go'.  Contact www.scurrydrivers.co.uk


DRESSAGE TO MUSIC - Desi Dillingham MBE


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This is a very exciting time for British Dressage !  Our team heads to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to defend their Olympic Team Gold Medal Individual Gold and Inividual Silver ,won at the 2012 London Olympics

In the run up to any major competition  - and the Olympics is the ultimate competition – we need horses and riders fit to compete and all peaking in their performance levels at the same time.We have some ofthe best riders in the world and an extremely professional back up team, but as always we need luck as well.

The Germans  reigned triumphant over the sport for 30 years and we were able to knock them off their perch in London 2012.However, they have come back stronger than ever, as have the Dutch.The Dutch have now lost one of their top riders, Edward Gal, but they have great depth and never to be overlooked.

The rules have changed since the 2012 Olympics  and again we are allowed to have four riders, with the best three scores to count.Great Britain’s ‘A’ Team of Charlotte Dujardin , Carl Hester and Fiona Bigwood are among the best in the world, and Valegro, ridden by Charlotte is the most decorated horse ever in the sport of Dressage,winning every championship available – Olympic Gold, World Gold, European Gold and two World Cup titles. New to the team this year is the very popular Spencer Wilton on his first team at this level.

However, in the last year, the USA Dressage team has made enormous strides in the sport with a very strong squad obtaining top marks in Europe in the last few months.  Like our team in 2012,they are the new guys on the block and an unknown quality on the world stage – but could give all of us a run for our money.

British Dressage is booming with 16,130 full members and 38,502 associate members.  We have enjoyed a great surge in growth across all ages and today 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 .


THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE BEAGLES - Saturday

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

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 - Saturday 6th 

NEW FOR 2016 - we are holding a 90cm team show jumping competition as well as our team show jumping on Friday.  Over 20 teams will be competing.

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


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RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES CLASSES - Sun 7th 

The Festival of British Eventing is delighted to be holding three Retraining of Racehorses Showing Classes on Sunday 7th August.  this is the first time that we have held these classes which are run by RoR - British Horseracing's official charity for the welfare of  Horses that have retired from Racing.

 We will be holding the following classes:

CLASS 1 - RoR  Jockey Club Novice Show Series Qualifier 2016, The RoR Jockey Club Novice Ridden Show Horse Class

CLASS 2 - The RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Ridden Show Series  Qualifier 2017

CLASS 3 - The ROR/TBA (Thoroughbred Breeders Association) Retrained Racehorse Challenge 2016



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 Best Rescue 
 12:00 Best Veteran 
 12:30  Best Child Handler (7-12 yrs old) 
 13:00 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