Horses, Ponies & Show Jumping
Over the four days you can see over 2000 horses and riders compete in a range of classes and competitions. Experience the Showmanship and high standard of turnout in the Hand and Ridden Classes, the excitement of the Show Jumping and Inter Hunt Classes and the sheer entertainment of the crowd pleasing Team Events.
Ridden classes open the Show on Wednesday at 7.30, with the Hunters in the Main Ring and the competition continues throughout the day with classes including Flat Ridden Sports Horse, which could be the seed bed for our future Olympic horses. Thursday is a big day for Retrained Racehorse's, when they will be assessed on their retraining and suitability to diversify - this year they will be split into those who have run under National Hunt or Flat rules.
Friday is Native Pony day with 12 breeds competing in breed classes, leading rein, first ridden and working hunter pony. The final day of the Royal Bath & West Show is very much a young riders day with a host of children’s Show Pony classes plus the ever popular classes for Miniature Shetlands and Miniature horses. Also on Saturday is the fast and furious Scurry classes.
Show jumping is a fast exciting event which takes place twice a day in the Main Ring and on Saturday in Ring Two. The Society is keen to encourage young and upcoming riders and horses into this international sport - many of our top riders and horses have started their careers in the Agricultural Show Jumping Classes.
This heart stopping knock out event sees teams from 14 different West Country hunt clubs competing against each other in a series of heats that will see them hurtle around a “working hunter “ type course. Watch as two teams of four go head to head in a relay over two identical courses set next to each other. This popular competition always throws up some surprises...when placed under the pressure of competition and the electric atmosphere of the Main ring even the most skilled rider can get caught out!
The Relay will be held in the Main Ring at 12.30 on Wednesday.
Pony Club Mounted Games
As the name suggests, the games take place on horseback and the concept is to promote a team competition requiring courage, determination and all round ability on the part of the team member, as well as careful, systematic training of their ponies. The competition, which is thoroughly entertaining and great fun to watch, was designed to produce a spectacular competition using 'ordinary children on ordinary ponies’.
Pony Club Mounted Games take place in the Main Ring every day with the final on Saturday; heats take place during the week in the Mounted Games area behind the Woodland and Wildlife Section.
The Royal Bath & West Show is very grateful to its supporters and sponsors including: Alvis Bros Ltd, Annandale Stud, Blue Chip Feed Ltd, Cheverells Stud, Commercial Recycling Ltd, Dyne Drewett, Equine Products Ltd, Equine Tourism, Mrs D Errington, Etheridge Farm Stud, Kingdown Stud, Natraliving Health, NSR Communications, Mrs A E S Nuttall, Port Regis, Sequoia Land & Property, The Algrey Stud, Toomer Farm, Totally Tack, Mr A Vaughan France, Wadworth & Co Brewery and Wincanton Racecourse.