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Thursday 13th September 2018
Friday 14th September 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018
Sunday 16th September
A Bit On The Side
Sometimes it’s hard to stay on with a leg on either side of the horse. These exceptionally skilled riders take things to the next level by riding side saddle. A fun, exciting and informative side saddle display managed by Ginny Oakley Pope. See the elegance of side saddle riding and find out the secret to staying on! Then offer your most enthusiastic encouragement and be in awe of side saddle jumping demonstration. This is definitely a demonstration not to be missed!
Abingdon and Witney Dog Agility
Students from Abindgon and Witney College will demonstrate how to train your dog to do basic agility! Once you’ve picked up some tips, why not have a go yourself and visit our dog agility arena where there will be a fun and friendly dog agility course for you and you four legged friend to try.
BMX Trick Riding
Mobile Bike Events will be joining us with their breath taking BMX performance on both Saturday and Sunday this year. Make sure you catch one of these amazing performances. The riders attending will be Team GB athlete and Olympic hopeful James Jones, James is one of the best BMX riders in the world and can perform all of the amazing tricks and stunts you would have seen on the internet. Joining James will be British Champion Mountain Biker Tom Cardy who'll be flipping and spinning all weekend long. The show is suitable for all ages and the team encourage the public to come and meet them after their performance, so don't be shy go have a selfie with them or pick up some signed merchandise.
Blenheim Paws Trials
20 of the country’s best agility dogs and their handlers compete in the prestigious Blenheim Palace dog agility stakes! Who will be crowned the ultimate agility champion?
Tentpegging is a unique equestrian discipline, based on the cavalry sport of removing wooden ‘tent pegs’ from the ground on horseback using a sword or lance, whilst galloping! Come along and see this ultimate test of horsemanship that requires determination, hand-eye coordination, and a fearless love of speed! This attraction is supported by Ayr Equestrian.
Cherwell Valley Riding Club Quadrille
The Cherwell Valley Riding Club will be performing their quadrille ride with a ride of the Valkyries theme this year! Come along and see their choreographed dressage ride where they lose themselves in dance, music, love and of course, ponies.
Dan & Dandi
Dan & Dandi are a spectacular performing duo and are returning to the attractions arena for another year! This famous pair are sure to give a mesmorising performance as they have just finished touring with Gifford Circus. Come along to see the many tricks these two can have mastered, and be prepared for a fiery finale!
Dogs for Good
Dogs for Good are our chosen charity for 2018, and they will be giving a demonstration on the life changing differences they are making for people with disabilities. Their dogs are helping a broad range of individuals, from children with autism, to adults with physical disabilities. Every dog is specially trained to help with specific tasks that individuals with disabilities may find difficult to do and this demonstration will give an insight into the benefits of training these dogs.
Flyball is a unique and exciting high speed relay race for teams of dogs. Each dog must sprint over a series of jumps, collect a ball and race back to their team mates as quickly as possible! You won’t want to miss this exciting display and may even want to have a go with your own dog at home!
ReZone - Pressure to Power
Psychology is an important part of any sport, and ReZone helps riders to overcome fears and strengthen their self-belief. Whether it is recovering from a fall, or overcoming competition nerves, ReZone create bespoke packages to tailor to individual’s personal challenges and aspirations. Come and pick up some tips to enable you to ride or compete with complete confidence and focus. This attraction is supported by Shapley's.
Richard Maxwell is an equestrian consultant who teaches proven solutions to equine behavioural and performance issues. From groundwork skills, to understanding why issues arise under the saddle, Richard evaluates each horse and teachers the tools required to improve at home. He will be focussing his demo on how to overcome horse’s issues with loading.
Spook Busting with Ginny Oakley Pope
This new and exciting display in the attraction arena will be close to many rider’s hearts, as Ginny demonstrates some methods on how to overcome spooking. Ginny Oakley Pope is an international judge and trainer and taught the Thames Valley Police horses and riders for 20 years.
This experience has aided her greatly in helping riders who have confidence issues and in how to deal with the “spooky” unfocussed horse. Riders and horses will be working with Ginny to show methods of training to help the partnership overcome fears and issues.
Thames Valley Police
We are excited to announce that the Thames Valley Police Mounted Section will be returning to the attractions arena this year! Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes in training these brave and bold horses to do their wonderful job. It is also a great opportunity to find out about the fantastic work these horses do in and around the Thames Valley area.