The Main Ring accommodated a whole array of entertainment over the course of the three days, appealing to all members of the audience, from top class show jumping to the RAF Falcons!
Unfortunately, due to not being there the whole weekend, we weren’t able to watch all of them (although we wish we did!), but there were a few show stopping displays we managed to catch.
Upon arrival, we headed straight up to the Main Ring where the first of the show jumping competitions commenced, at 10am. This class was ‘The Rosevean Veterinary Grade ‘C’ Jumping Competition’. In layman’s terms, it was a rather challenging show jumping course, sponsored by the renowned local practice ‘Rosevean Vets’. The whole audience sat and watched, with great enthusiasm, the magnificent horses and their brave riders taking on the course in hope to get a clear round and make it through to the timed ‘jump off’.
At 2pm we returned to the Main Ring as it was being prepared for the ‘Atkinson Action Horses – Lights, Camera, Action!’. Now, if any of you have endeavoured to watch Poldark, Peaky Blinders or Victoria, you may well have seen these horses for yourself!
Atkinson Action Horses are a team of highly skilled, professional, riders and some incredibly skilled horses. The group often travel the country holding exhilarating displays for live audiences. However, in between this, the horses come into their own celebrity element, as they are fully trained stunt horses who strut their stuff on the big screen.
We were lucky enough to catch a small glimpse of the kind of stunts the horses have been trained to do, for their displays or movie appearances, and it was impressive to say the least! From the horses jumping over one another, to a stunt man standing on two of his horses…whilst holding on to, and steering, an additional two horses…whilst going over jumps… (yes, it was as bonkers and brilliant as it sounds).