Try your hand at archery and clay pigeon shooting in the Country Sports area and receive advice from the experts on hand on how to improve.
The Angling Section, organised by the Salmon and Trout Association, has fly tying and casting demonstrations, junior and senior casting competitions with bait and fly and one-to-one casting tuition for visitors at any level of experience. There are also specialist angling trade stands.
Bring your dog to take part in the ever –popular Unaffiliated Dog Show on the Monday of the Show. Entries are taken from 9.30am and judging commences at 11.00pm. All dog owners can enter, there are classes for pedigrees and crossbreeds.
Gundog demonstrations, clinics and competitions are organised by The South Eastern Gundog Society on both days of the Show. The events gather quite a crowd of spectators. Experienced handlers and trainers will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.
The Cavalcades of Footpacks and Fox Hounds, including the chance for children to run with the hounds, in the main ring is a wonderful sight. At other times the Hounds have a special area within the Country Sports section – a chance for a closer encounter.
Throughout the two days there is a working farriery and watch the fascinating Blacksmiths demonstrations and shoeing competitions. Also on both days there are live competitions and wrought ironwork displays.
There are also many specialist Country Sports shops and the welcome sight of a locally-brewed ale at the Westerham Breweries’ bar.
The Working Terrier Show and Terrier Racing take place on the Monday of the Show. Entries can be made on the day. They are both very popular spectator attractions each year.
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.
If anyone wants to learn more about the competition and also how to enter go to http://www.blacksmithscompetition.co.uk/edenbridge_and_oxted.html