DON'T MISS 24TH JULY 11.45AM BBC 1 EPISODE WHICH FEATURES TWO COMPETITORS, INCLUDING OUR SHOW SECRETARY, IN THE HEAVY HORSE SECTION
The second series of The Farmers' Country Showdown first shown in the Autumn, is being repeated on BBC 1 at 11.45am 16th July - 10th August. As in the first series, a TV crew came to film on both days of last year's Show for the second series. 17th JULY EPISODE WILL FEATURE TWO COMPETITORS IN THE PIG SECTION OF THE SHOW AND 24TH JULY'S EPISODE WILL FEATURE TWO COMPETITORS, INCLUDING THE SHOW SECRETARY, IN THE HEAVY HORSE SECTION OF THE SHOW. They were really charming episodes so try and catch the repeats, or record them or possibly they will be available on BBC iPlayer again.
TIGERS CHILDRENS MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY TEAM
Revving towards a fourth decade of display riding is the Tigers Children’s Motorcycle Display Team. This well-respected band of stunt riders visit events around the country raising thousands for charity and amazing the crowds – all of the riders aged between 5 and 16. The Tigers will roar into the Fairfax Properties Main Arena twice daily to thrill the spectators with stunts including jumping through fire and over vehicles. With the youngest rider being just 5 years old, safety is the primary focus of the parent-run group. However, this does not limit the Tigers from delivering incredible shows and daring feats – and watch out for the cutest Tiger mascots – the youngest members of the team.
The Junior Team, aged between 5 and 8, pull out all the stops with complicated formation riding pushing their concentration span to the limit. The senior team, ages 8 to 16, exhibit technical skill and courage jumping through fire and over bikes and even cars. The Tigers were set up to allow children the opportunity to ride a motorcycle safely and to perform tricks, stunts and jumps in public shows around the UK such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Festival at Hyde Park. Based in Portsmouth, they train every Sunday through the cold winter months. 38 years later it is still the parents of the current team who run the club, travelling and camping at the Shows, moving ramps, providing specialist first aid and supporting their young stars.
Shortly before the world famous White Helmets display team disbanded they invited the Tigers team to perform for them at their training ground and passed on advice and encouragement to the next generation. These brave Tigers are certainly the future of incredible stunt shows and you can catch them on Sunday at 11.15am and 3.50pm and on Bank Holiday Monday at 11.10am and 3.20pm.
Pony Club Mounted Games
New this year is the Pony Club Mounted Games in the Fairfax Properties main arena twice daily on Monday 27th. Teams from across the South East will compete in an event first devised by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 60 years ago to encourage any child to have fun while demonstrating courage, determination and all-round riding ability. His Royal Highness suggested that the Pony Club should organise a Mounted Games competition for ordinary children on ordinary ponies which would teach the basics of riding whilst the children were having fun. Today you can join The Pony Club whether you own a pony or not.
Six decades after Prince Philip had the vision, The Mounted Games still provides a team competition requiring special strength of character and skill on the part of the team members, with careful and systematic training of their ponies. The objective is to encourage a higher standard of riding throughout the Pony Club and to stimulate among the future generation a greater interest in riding as a sport and as a recreation. A younger Member may often begin on a lead rein but as confidence, balance and co-ordination grow they quickly progress to Junior and then Senior levels. Team work is vital and at invitation competitions such as The Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show, friendships are often made which will last for ever.
The teams coming from West Kent, West Hants and Romney Marsh Pony Clubs have had great past triumphs. Riding for West Hants is a current England Mounted Games team member who competed at Royal Windsor in May. West Hants have fielded some very successful mounted games teams including the Prince Philip Cup Reserve Champions 2017 and Junior National Champions 2012 and Horse of the Year Show finalists 2014 and competed at Burley Horse Trials. They will be up against tough opponents who have also enjoyed success and they will all be there to win. Watch them battle it out with obstacles and items to collect and heart-stopping manoeuvres and fast canters to the line. Choose your favourite team and shout for them at 10.10am and 3.10pm on Sunday 26th and 10.30am and 2.40pm in the Fairfax main arena.
The world champion BMXers are back – they thrilled the Edenbridge and Oxted crowds last year and this year they’ve got competition. They return with some of the UK’s leading trials riders and free runners in the “Ultimate Challenge”. Who can win the spectators over with their amazing tricks and obvious daring and skills?
Mountain bike trials riders aim to travel over an obstacle course without setting foot on the ground and it involves strength, determination and some daring moves. They have very special skills because they have the ability to jump the bicycle without the need of any speed or ramps. They can jump onto, between and off platforms they can ride over cars and jump off them. Free runners interact with obstacles, flipping and spinning as they go. Together with the world champ BMXers they will perform individual stunts but as the performance goes on they all start to integrate and perform at the same time.
Each performer will attempt massive jumps, large backflips and a few special tricks using a trampette. They will go head to head performing their best tricks in a build-up to become the crowd’s favourite. Last year the Show was so popular so this year promises three times the excitement. They will be performing very regularly throughout the whole two days in a specially-created arena area on the south west area of the showground between the bandstand and the Village Green.
SHOW QUALIFIES TO RUN NATIONAL BLACKSMITHS COMPETITION
Our community Show has qualified, along with nine other Shows – all County Shows, to hold the heats of the National Blacksmiths Competition, organised by the NBC Committee with prizes donated by the Worshipful Co. of Blacksmiths. The competition is divided into two sections with points awarded for live and static designs created. It is fascinating for the Show visitors to watch the competitors working in a fully-functioning forge and to visit the display of ironwork that has been produced. Visitors can watch a number of live forgings in the National Blacksmiths Competition. Competitors must forge entries to a time limit with one class being to forge a finished saleable item in 20 minutes and the results will be auctioned off for charity. There are also six different static classes including traditional, contemporary, industrial, a figurine, an item in Damascus steel and an apprentice class. The exhibits will be on display – come and see which entry you think should win?
There is also a working farriery where spectators can watch horses being shod and a horseshoeing competition. As the heat rises and the time ticks on the tension is palpable as the competitors work to a time limit.