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Be entertained in the Equine Arena sponsored by RSPCA

Throughout each day, a series of events will be staged in the Equine Village to entertain you. Sturdy Shires and Shetlands are just some of the highlights of the Equine Village this year. It’ll be a galloping agenda, with races and demonstrations.

THE SHIRE HORSE SOCIETY 

See the horses that helped craft rural Britain, as the Shire Horse display team show the work and tools of the past. With the Shire Horse Society returning you’ll be able to get up close and admire the gentle strength of 25 Shire Horses in their stables as well as in the arena where they will test their pulling power.

THE JPL RACING SHETLANDS DISPLAY TEAM

It’s a melee of tiny hooves and tiny feet as jockeys and shetlands join together to race over the jumps to find who is the fastest on the day. They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.

MEET JACK

Seven-year-old Jack was seized by police along with a large number of other animals. Jack had not been receiving the care required for such an enormous breed (he’s 17.3h!). New owner Sam said “He was cheeky when I first got him to the yard but he soon settled, and all the other owners at the yard adore him. He’ll be turned out with any other horse and he’s calm about everything from the farrier to the vet."


MEET THE RSPCA

In their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need, the stories of the horses who have been in RSPCA care and gone on to a life unrecognisable from the past continues to make the work worthwhile for everyone involved in equine care at RSPCA.

The Countryfile Live Equine Arena, sponsored by RSPCA will host a daily Rescue Horse Show which will give visitors an insight in to the potential of all of the wonderful Equines in our care who deserve to become an #RSPCAchampion like Jack.

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Caring for horses is something that the RSPCA knows a great deal about with 928 rescued horses currently in their care. In 2017 nearly 1000 horses were rescued - all of this at a price of over £3m per year to care for these unfortunate animals.

Be entertained in the Equine Arena sponsored by RSPCA Timetable

  • Thursday 2nd August
  • Friday 3rd August
  • Saturday 4th August
  • Sunday 5th August
10:15-11:00 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
11:00-11:30 Shire Horse Society - Musical Ride and Drive Hear the jingling of the harrow chains created by the heavy horse’s majestic footing as a harmonious accompaniment to the military style drill music - a historic spectacle for young and old!
11:30-12:15 The RSPCA Rescue Horse Show Watch the RSPCA Rescue horses in one big parade, from Shetlands to Shires all your favourites will be there!
12:15-13:00 British Scurry & Trials Driving Home Counties Championship Watch the fastest ponies of all shapes and sizes pull these modern day carriages through gates and round obstacles against the clock.
13:00-13:30 Shire horses through history with the Shire Horse Society See the horses that helped craft rural Britain, as the Shire Horse display team show the work and tools of the past.
13:30-14:15 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
14:15-14:45 The RSPCA Rescue Horse Show Watch the RSPCA Rescue horses in one big parade, from Shetlands to Shires all your favourites will be there!
14:45-15:30 British Scurry & Trials Driving Home Counties Championship Watch the fastest ponies of all shapes and sizes pull these modern day carriages through gates and round obstacles against the clock.
15:30-16:00 Shire Horses vs Pony Team The Davids and the Goliaths of the horse world! Who will come out on top?
16:00-16:45 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
16:45-17:00 The Grand Parade Finale Come cheer our magnificent beasts large and small as they and their riders finish off the day with a few celebratory laps around the arena.
10:15-11:00 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
11:00-11:30 Shire Horse Society - Musical Ride and Drive Hear the jingling of the harrow chains created by the heavy horse’s majestic footing as a harmonious accompaniment to the military style drill music - a historic spectacle for young and old!
11:30-12:15 The RSPCA Rescue Horse Show Watch the RSPCA Rescue horses in one big parade, from Shetlands to Shires all your favourites will be there!
12:15-13:00 British Scurry & Trials Driving Home Counties Championship Watch the fastest ponies of all shapes and sizes pull these modern day carriages through gates and round obstacles against the clock.
13:00-13:30 Shire horses through history with the Shire Horse Society See the horses that helped craft rural Britain, as the Shire Horse display team show the work and tools of the past.
13:30-14:15 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
14:15-14:45 The RSPCA Rescue Horse Show Watch the RSPCA Rescue horses in one big parade, from Shetlands to Shires all your favourites will be there!
14:45-15:30 British Scurry & Trials Driving Home Counties Championship Watch the fastest ponies of all shapes and sizes pull these modern day carriages through gates and round obstacles against the clock.
15:30-16:00 Shire Horses vs Pony Team The Davids and the Goliaths of the horse world! Who will come out on top?
16:00-16:45 The JPL Racing Shetlands Display Team They may be small but they’re fast, fun to watch and out to win. See these young jockeys and their petite ponies compete in a series of high speed races.
16:45-17:00 The Grand Parade Finale Come cheer our magnificent beasts large and small as they and their riders finish off the day with a few celebratory laps around the arena.

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