Jumping towards 56th annual Blaston Show

Nine-year-old Poppy Robinson, the winner of the Young Handler section at last year's Blaston Show, with her Leicester long wool sheep Joe
Nine-year-old Poppy Robinson, the winner of the Young Handler section at last year's Blaston Show, with her Leicester long wool sheep Joe

With six weeks left until the gates open for the 56th annual Blaston Show on Sunday, June 30, businesses are showing their support for the event.

Among those sponsoring the show for the first time this year is Grange Farm of Thorpe Langton. Well known in the Harborough district for its Christmas trees and festive market, Grange Farm is also a major supplier of hay and haylage to horse and pony owners in the area.

Grange Farm’s owner, farmer Jim Mount, is sponsoring a new jump for the Minimus competition, a popular competition for younger riders, many of whom look forward to the show and return every year.

John Stones, chairman of the show, said: “Without the fantastic support of so many businesses and individuals, the show could not take place. We are delighted that the show is widely recognised as a great day out by so many and look forward to another great event on June 30.”

The event takes place on fields off the Blaston Road in Slawston and the organisers aim to improve the show every year by introducing new classes and other forms of entertainment and also by investing in new equipment. This year, the trustees have invested in part of the biggest part of the event, the horse and pony section, by purchasing a set of eight jumps.

After meeting costs and making provision for future shows, all surplus income is given to Harborough and Leicestershire charities. Last year the society was able to donate more than £3,300 to several deserving causes.

The main charity for 2013 is Riding for the Disabled, a charity very close to many in the Blaston Show Society, both as regular users and volunteers.

Entries are now open for all classes at the show, including horse and pony section, cattle, sheep, dog classes, classic cars and vintage tractors.

The main ring displays will include a heavy horse display, tug of war and terrier racing. The many other attractions will include children’s fairground rides, trade stands, rural crafts, a licensed bar, food outlets, modern farming display, dog and hound show.

It is also taking entry bookings for horse and pony classes, show jumping, dressage, sheep and dog classes, car rally, classic cars and classic and vintage tractors.

Anyone wishing to promote their business or would like to offer support for the show by sponsoring jumps or in other ways, can contact the show’s head of sponsorship and advertising Sarah Mawby by phoning 07788 595354 or emailing sarahjmawby@hotmail.co.uk.

More details are also available at the show’s official website at www.blastonshow.co.uk.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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