Hundreds compete at Slimbridge Family Horse Show
A LARGE number of competitive equestrian events, both silly and serious, entertained the crowds in Slimbridge at the weekend.
Entrants and spectators came from far and wide to the Slimbridge Family Horse Show on Saturday (August 10) with over 50 classes to compete in, ranging from prettiest mare and most handsome gelding to dressage and jumping competitions.
People and horses alike were also able to have some fun in the fancy dress competition and Gymkhana events such as sack race, sweet race and musical statues.
The all-day event at Rectory Farm was not just a day for horse-lovers, with the dog show becoming an increasingly popular part of the schedule.
People’s pooches battled it out for the various trophies and medals on offer for best in show and best puppy, as well as more unusual heats including cleverest trick, best rescue and waggiest tail.
Visitors enjoyed a number of different stalls at the event selling coffee, ice creams, equestrian equipment and photos of the day’s action.
A number of charities were also present at the show including Slimbridge Village Hall group, Slimbridge Playing Field committee and the fundraising arm of the RAF, Wings Appeal.
Committee member Judy Chandra said they had decided to make it more of a family show to broaden its appeal a few years ago, with much success.
"We now have quite a varied schedule so that people can come along and do as many of the events as they can," she said.
"It seemed very well supported, it was a really good turnout."
For more pictures, see this week's Gazette.
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