23rd & 24th June 2018

UK’s first hobby horse show jumping championships in Hurst

Hurst Show & Country Fayre is leading the country by staging the UK’s first Hobby Horse Jumping Championships for its visitors.

The show, this coming weekend, decided to pioneer the championships in this unusual sport after hearing it was sweeping Scandinavia.

Show chair Sue Payne said: “We always aim to have exciting and different attractions. The championships include show jumping and dressage, similar to the Olympics.

“Our ‘equestrians’, of all ages, will though be riding hobby horses, rather than real horses. They’re much cheaper and easier to look after. The sport is taken very seriously in Finland.” Everyone can enter, mounts can be borrowed. Evie, Suzy and Olivia have been practising — see below.

The show is being opened by the village’s own Snow Queen, played by John Lawrence, a star of our village panto in January. She said before the show: “I'm thrilled to be coming back to Hurst to open the show in a nicely icy style.... Sadly the weather might be far too warm for my liking.”

Hobby Horse Jockeys

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