Back in 2012, we took the first tentative steps towards running an independent horse show at Wincanton Racecourse. This was a risky venture in a time when so many other shows in the region have folded, but we felt confident there was a big gap in the calendar which could be filled with a top quality horse show. Wincanton has a 30-year history of running a large horse show. Pam and Robin Worsley ran their show annually, raising money for local charities and offered a full range of classes for the showing enthusiast. In 2018, we will continue to offer the same opportunity for horse owners to show their horses in a series of top class affiliated and unaffiliated classes.

  We are continuing to grow and we are proud to announce that we have been selected as the venue for The Showing Register Southern Finals, a hugely popular series for the showing enthusiast. We continue to offer Royal International Horse Show qualifiers for Small, Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Amateur Hunters, and in 2018 new RIHS qualifying classes for Coloured horses and ponies through affiliation to the BSPA. We also run British Show Horse Association qualifying classes for Riding Horses, Cobs and Maxi Cobs and a full range of Irish Draught In Hand and Ridden classes. We are also running a ring purely for Working Hunters this year, with classes for everybody on the day – Working Hunter ponies, Working Hunter horses, Irish Draught Working Hunters and SHB (GB) Novice and Open Working Hunters, with the Open class also qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show in 2019.

  We have also secured continued sponsorship from the Pembroke Stud for the Southern Region Ridden Irish Draught Championship, which is continuing to grow in popularity, drawing in competitors from all over Southern England, South Wales and the Midlands – this championship is a fantastic showpiece to round off the day. Fans of the Irish Draught horse will be pleased to see that we will continue to run qualifiers for the prestigious Blue Chip & IDHSGB £2000 Challenge and the Moorbennhall Irish Draught Youngstock Challenge.

  Add to the day a Novelty Dog Show raising funds for Nowzad Dogs, plus a Grand Raffle raising funds for local charities and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic family day out.

  We’re proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time, developing from a small one-ring set up at the original Wincanton Show in 2008, moving to Stourhead from 2009 to 2011, and now running our own show with 76 showing classes, 19 Championships and 5 Supreme Championships! For those competitors not affiliated to a large showing society, we are also holding first round qualifying classes for the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd championships, and qualifiers for the South West Ponies Association and the Equifest championships. We don’t want to lose the support of our grassroots competitors from the local area, and these affiliations allow younger and less experienced competitors the chance to qualify for some exciting championship shows around the country.

Lindsey Millar
Wincanton Horse Show and SW ID Show Secretary