The Wanborough Spring Horse Show has been running for more than 50 years and has grown from a small village show to one that is recognised throughout the county. Over the years the show has moved around the village and last year we moved to our current one at Ridgeway Stables on the road to Foxhill. This has had the advantage of being an equestrian establishment and as there are no crops to be harvested, barring a truly biblical flood means no chance of a weather related cancellation.
Last year saw a completely new equestrian committee and bar a few minor hiccups was an incredibly successful day. From our own observations and from listening to your feedback we hope to build on this success. We have brought back the ever popular 2’3" Open Jumping, split the showing into ridden and in hand rings to avoid confusion and introduced a new dilute showing class.
There are six rings of which two hold 11 jumping classes, catering for the very novice jumpers at 1’6" up to the more experienced horses and riders able to jump 3’6". Not to forget the dog.....we also hold a horse & hound class. If your horse needs a bit of support or encouragement, why not enter the pair’s class with a more experienced friend?
Dressage starts at 9 a.m. in Ring Three with the Introductory class followed by the Preliminary class. Once finished, the ring will hold our gymkhana games for those wanting a bit of fun.
There are 19 showing classes in a further three rings, including ridden showing, in hand showing, working hunter and children's showing, which again means there is something to suit every level.
Clear round jumping starts in the sixth ring after the two working hunter classes and this year we will be using a rustic course. This continues all day, with a rosette awarded for every clear round. There will be time slots according to the height of the jumps and the opportunity at the very end for small kiddies that just want to trot across the poles.
All classes carry rosettes to sixth place and there is a keepsake trophy for first place. Several classes also have a perpetual trophy which the winner holds for almost a year before returning ready for next year’s show so bring a £10 deposit, just in case. Some classes have additional small prizes.
Whatever your discipline and whatever your capability as a rider, there is truly something for everyone at the Wanborough Spring Horse Show. Schedules and entry forms are available on line with entry prices cheaper if you enter before the show.
We look forward to seeing you there!
2016 Show Dates
Welcome to the Wanborough Show
2016 is the 85th year of Wanborough Shows
|Dates for your Diary|
|(Rescheduled) Spring Horse Show||18th June 2016|
|Summer Show & Carnival||20th August 2016|
Flower and Produce Show 2016
Saturday 20th August 2016
As we look out at our gardens and start to see them come to life, we begin to ponder what we want to grow this year.
So we thought it might be a good idea to help you with your planning and persuade you to begin thinking about what you might like to enter in the ‘great’ Wanborough Flower and Produce Show in August.
Mobile Garden Competition: Last year we had a brilliant response to our new competition to grow a mobile garden on a particular theme. We had some unusual and imaginative gardens on the theme of Wildlife.
Once again this year you can create a living garden in the confines of any wheeled conveyance about the size of a wheelbarrow. It must contain plants and any other added materials to fit the theme. The theme for 2016 is ‘An Artist’s Garden’. This should reflect the work of a named artist.
Hanging Basket or Planter: There is also a competition for the best hanging basket or planter in the Parish. So why not have a go at winning the Parish County Trophy with your best creation. You do not even have to bring it to the show, we will judge it in situ.
Photography Competition: Why not get out with your camera and take some photos for this year’s competition. The themes are as follows:
- Feed the Birds
- Food Gloriuos food
- Flower Power
- Quintessentially English
We hope that helps you get going with your entries for this year’s show.
Sue and Adrian Dent
2015 Children's Show results
Thank you again to everyone for their effort and we look forward to more of the same next year please.
Summer Pony Show
Our shows are all about families having fun. Most importantly that means the children having fun and giving them the opportunity to join in. We have therefore decided to hold a Mini Children's Horse Show (or rather pony show). If you just want a bit of fun on your pony or don't feel ready to compete in more serious shows then look no further. If you don't ride, but simply love ponies then come along and watch. Great entertainment for both horsey and non-horsey people with lots of laughter and giggles guaranteed.
If you have any horse related enquiries, please contact Gill on 01793 330059 or e-mail Wanborough horse show or look us up on FaceBook
Interesting Vehicles 2016
Are there enough interesting vehicles in and around the parish of Wanborough to put on a display?
It was a question which cropped up a few year ago and the answer of course was...' Yes!'
So in 2013 we staged a new attraction which we have run successfully each year since a vehicle display which has included some fabulous cars, old, new, customised, restored and original. We’ve been proud to have a pre-war tandem bicycle, some classic motor bikes, scooters and glittering Harleys. Wanborough’s farming heritage has been well represented too with vehicles ranging from shepherd’s huts to steam engines. We’ve had earth movers and tractors some old, some new, some very large and some quite small!
Last year we topped that with an even greater range of vehicles including static engines and classic commercial vehicles. To add to the fun local bike and scooter enthusiasts have put on a fine ‘mods and rockers’ show.
This year we hope to do even better and whatever turns up on the day we feel sure it will give us plenty to enjoy share and chat about.
Great news - Ken Fry who used to organise our Dog Shows has returned and agreed to once again run them for us. This means that we will be presenting a Dog Show at both the Spring and August shows this year as we have done in the past. We hope that all our past competitors will return and enter and make the dog show once again a key event in the wanborough show diary
About our Show
Wanborough Show is a small country show. It is a one day event, bigger than a village fete, but small enough not to lose its intimacy, unlike some of the larger events in the area.
Located in the village of Wanborough just 1.5 miles from J15 of the M4, 5 miles from the centre of Swindon and amid a cluster of villages on the edge of the Wiltshire downs, it is easily accessible for many people.
The Show is organised by a committee of volunteers on a 'not-for-profit' basis. All charges for commercial stands, at the gate and other money raised is used to cover the costs of staging the event. Any surplus funds at the end of the year are distributed to local organisations and worthy causes.