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Scurry Driving.  Of all equestrian sports, scurry driving must surely rank as one of the most exciting.  The spectacle of a pair of small ponies scuttling at breakneck speed around a twisting course roared on by an enthusiastic crowd, whipped to a frenzy by an expert commentator.  The course is driven mostly at a flat out gallop although the driver has to negotiate a slalom and a 'box' of cones which is usually set out in a U shape.  The season culminates at The Horse of the Year Show at Wembly in the autumn.

 

NEW FOR 2016, HEREFORDSHIRE’S FIRST FREAKY FARM RUN Kindly organised by ST MICHAEL’S HOSPICE, this will be held in the main ring and is open to anyone from aged 8 years to 80 years.  Your quest is to escape the ‘farm’.  You will tackle manmade and natural obstacles, designed to deliver the ultimate running experience!  Sprint, slide, crash and climb your way through the one kilometre course.  Can you escape the farm?  Have you got what it takes? All entry money for this will go to St Michael’s Hospice.  Entry fee will be £15 adults, £8 children (with free entry to the show for entrants only).  Entries online http://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/events/

The Grand Parade of Livestock will be in the ring in the afternoon, followed by Vintage Tractors and Vehicles, visiting from near and far, with superb commentary explaining the history and use of these magnificent machines.

Welsh Trotting Racing or Harness Racing will again be in the main ring during the day, kindly provided by Wales and Border Counties Racing.  Trainers and drivers are all amateurs, with both men and women competing.

The Radnor and West Hunt will be in the main ring, where children can meet and greet the hounds.

​The Interhunt Competition continues to be a huge ‘crowd puller’ with fast and furious racing over jumps.  There are four teams of four riders competing, they include Kington Show team,  Radnor & West Herefordshire Hunt team, Teme Valley Hunt team and Golden Valley Hunt team.  The interhunt relay starts with two teams being knocked out in the first round, followed by a head to head final.   A ‘must see’ and a ‘must shout’ for your own team!  

The Builth Wells Male Voice Choir will again be performing in the afternoon (and maybe an impromptu performance in the member's marquee in the evening).

MORE FREE ENTERTAINMENT

Sheep Shearing.  Kington Show will feature Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Open Sheep Shearing Competitions which is expected to attract the UK's top operators as well as shearers from overseas.  This fast and furious spectacle provides great entertainment.

The Bill Bailey Band play their own brand of happy, foot-tapping New Orleans and Dixieland jazz.  With saxophone, banjo and tuba, this four-piece ensemble will be playing near the picnic area throughout the day.

The Wye Valley Axemen have members from Rhayader, Llanidloes and Newtown areas, with their ages varying from sixteen to sixty.  They will also be racing against the shearers - so look out for some real competition.

Van Buren Illusionist Show.  These professional performers will provide entertainment with shows crammed with magic, illusions, juggling skills, comedy, escapology, audience participation and a few surprises along the way.  Circus workshops will also be available for children and adults.

Action Wheels Balance Bikes is a safe and friendly environment that encourages children 18 months to six years old to explore mobility on two wheels as they test ride a balance bike and play with other children in a cordoned off area.

Animal Mania offers you a unique experience with all types of animals.  The collection includes lizards, snakes, giant bunnies, creepy crawlies, chinchillas, hedgehogs, tortoises and much more.

Ferret World Roadshow brings a new dimension to ferrets, where the children form a part of the action, racing the ferrets and learning all about them.

Owl World.  Owls from around the world.  Learn about their lives and get up close to them.

Gun Dog Scurry.  This is a 'have a go' fun event for both dog and owner.  After a practice run, your dog will be required to retrieve against the clock.  The fastest dog to complete the exercise wines the day.  With prizes on offer to third place.

Young Farmer Competitions.  Both Herefordshire and Radnor Young Farmers Clubs will be competing against each other with a varied programme.  Don't forget there's the After Show Dance too.

Food & Drink  Kington Show prides itself in promoting local food and catering producers.    Happy Herefords will again be attending, providing locally produced, pedigree Hereford steaks and burgers.  This year we have a diverse array of caterers offering savoury and sweet dishes to tempt your taste buds.  Ice creams will also be on offer throughout the showground.  Neil Morris from Behind Bars, Lyonshall will be providing the bars.