Dog show

Record 160 registrations at the 40th Fun Equestrian and Dog Show

A RECORD number of people attended Ewelme’s 40th Annual Horse Show and Fun Dog Show.

Over 160 riders took part in 28 classes at the show at Fords Farm in Days Lane, watched by a crowd of family and friends.

There were 30cm and 80cm jumps and children and adults took part in a range of novelty classes.

Frankee Burrows, five, and her brother Freddy, eight, won the Platinum Jubilee Costume Contest dressed as the Queen and Queen’s Guard on a horse-drawn carriage.

The boys’ mother, Gilly, said: “They had so much fun and even slept with the trophies and the belt.”

The contest was judged by Lady Jay d’Ewelme, a former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, and Emma Dag, District Commissioner of the Woodland Hunt Pony Club.

Two-year-old Penelope Upston was one of the youngest competitors and won a rosette for finishing fourth in the cutest pair class on her pony Polo.

Her mother Jessica said: “Our little girl wanted to take the rosettes to bed with her, she loved it so much.”

There was also a Thelwell lookalike contest with children on horseback being judged for their resemblance to the designs of illustrator Norman Thelwell.

In the dog show, there were 216 entries in 11 classes, including the most choppy tail and the best rescue.

Josh De Wolf, 11, and Lola, a two-year-old Newfoundland-Bernese Mountain Dog cross, won the crossbreed championship cup. The Honorable Ines Wilson and her German Shepherd Passion have won the Diana Younger Memorial Trophy, which is named after the woman who was a driving force behind the show before she died in a riding accident in 2019.

Committee member Catherine Hordern said: “It shows how popular the show is and how popular the horses are. People think horseback riding is a niche sport, but it’s not. People love it and they put everything into it. It is an integral part of the British countryside tradition.

“It was a busy and very successful day and there were so many lovely thank you messages on Facebook.

“We have already started planning for next year’s event, which we hope will be just as good.”

She thanked Secretary Sandra Ayling and Treasurer Gill Massey for organizing the event.