NEW HORSE SHOW COMING TO THAME

Showjumping at the Thame County Show in 2014. This years new-look event focuses more on horses.
Showjumping at the Thame County Show in 2014. This years new-look event focuses more on horses.

An alternative event to replace the Thame & Oxfordshire County Show has been announced.

The Thame Horse and Country Show is being held on the traditional third Thursday date in September.

It is a replacement to the long-running agricultural event which was cancelled for this year because it was losing money.

The main attraction of the new-look event is a big horse show featuring all sizes, types and breeds of horses competing.

Miniature horses right through to impressive shire horses will be on display while there will also be show jumping, scurry driving and donkeys.

There will be a separate show with cattle and sheep, plus a display of alpacas and rare breeds and a Shetland pony agility display.

There is a dog show plus a “scrufts” qualifying heat for anyone to bring along their non-pedigree dog with the chance to qualify for the final at Crufts.

Meanwhile in the Countryside Arena there will be terrier racing, ferret racing, a display from world champion whip cracker Ben Hughes, birds of prey and local hunts.

The local farmers market will be attending with lots of tasty fare to sample and buy, plus there will be a number of other food outlets and bars available.

Organisers say free admission will be offered to the general public as a thank you for their continued support, and to give something back for the local people to attend.