Back in 2012, we took the first tentative steps towards running an independent horse show at Wincanton Racecourse. This was a risky venture in a time when so many other shows in the region had folded, but we felt confident there was a big gap in the calendar which could be filled with a top quality horse show. Wincanton has a 30-year history of running a large horse show. Pam and Robin Worsley ran their show annually, raising money for local charities and offered a full range of classes for the showing enthusiast. In 2019, we will continue to offer the same opportunity for horse owners to show their horses in a series of top class affiliated and unaffiliated classes.

  We continue to offer Royal International Horse Show qualifiers for Small, Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Amateur Hunters and in 2019 we will continue to hold qualifying classes for Coloured horses and ponies through affiliation to CHAPS. We have again affiliated to RoR for 2019 and are now running three classes which we hope will attract top quality ex racehorses. We hold British Show Horse Association qualifying classes for Riding Horses, Cobs and Maxi Cobs, and new for this year we are holding a Ladies Show Horse class. The SW Irish Draught Show is an integral part of the larger Wincanton Horse Show and holds a full range of Irish Draught Breeding, In Hand and Ridden classes.

  Having always run SSADL first round qualifying classes, we are hugely proud to announce that we have been allocated a SSADL Second Round Mixed qualifier, with the champion on the day qualifying for Olympia.

  As in 2018, we are also running a ring purely for Working Hunters this year, with classes for everybody on the day – unaffiliated Working Hunter ponies, unaffiliated Working Hunter horses, Irish Draught Working Hunters, BSHA Working Show Horse and SHB (GB) Novice and Open Working Hunters, with the Open class qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show in 2020.

  We are hugely grateful to have secured continued sponsorship from The Pembroke Stud for the Southern Region Ridden Irish Draught Championship, which is continuing to grow in popularity, drawing in competitors from all over Southern England, South Wales and the Midlands – this championship is a fantastic showpiece to round off the day. Fans of the Irish Draught horse will be pleased to see that we will continue to run qualifiers for the prestigious Blue Chip & IDHSGB £2000 Challenge and the Moorbennhall Irish Draught Youngstock Challenge.

  Add to the day a Novelty Dog Show plus a Grand Raffle raising funds for local charities and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic family day out. Local trade stands and catering are provided on site.

  We’re proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time, developing from a small one-ring set up at the original Wincanton Show in 2008, moving to Stourhead from 2009 to 2011, and now running our own show with over 80 showing classes, 17 Championships and 6 Supreme Championships!

  For those competitors not affiliated to a large showing society, we continue to host first round qualifying classes for the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd championships, The Showing Register regional finals and qualifiers for the South West Ponies Association and the Equifest championships. We don’t want to lose the support of our grassroots competitors from the local area, and these classes allow younger and less experienced competitors the chance to qualify for some exciting championship shows around the country.

Lindsey Millar
Wincanton Horse Show and SW ID Show Secretary


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