ARENA ATTRACTIONS

A fun day out for all the family

As well as a weekend of top class Eventing, a whole host of other entertainment will be taking place for all to enjoy. 

Take a look below to see what you can expect in 2018

Shetland Pony Grand National

The ponies may only be 40 inches high and the silk-clad jockeys no more than 13 years old, but the competition is just as fierce as at Aintree. The racing is fast and furious, and the louder the audience, the faster the ponies go so pick your favourite and cheer them home. The winner will qualify for the final at the famous Olympia International Show Jumping Championships in December, so you may well be watching a star of the future!

The Devil’s Horsemen

Joining us again are The Devil's Horsemen - Europe's leading film-industry horse supplier. This family-run team of elite riders will perform their daredevil tricks with some of the most beautiful horses you will see. Always popular with visitors, make sure you get a good seat ringside to watch the action and story unfold.

Dressage to Music display

Led by Desi Dillingham MBE, this impressive display will show ponies and horses of all levels performing a range of different movements. The finale will be a complete Dressage to Music display at the very top level – the Grand Prix. British Dressage membership is booming and this great surge in growth across all ages will be plain for all to see as some of the top performers in their age groups entertain The Festival visitors. Who knows... a few might take over the world stage in the not too distant future.

Pony Club Mounted Games

The Pony Club Mounted Games demonstration is an exciting and exhilarating display on horseback. With teams racing against each other, teamwork, speed, accuracy and horsemanship are key. Races involve a mixture of fast turns, intricate hand overs, equipment pick ups and put downs, and vaulting on and off the ponies - all as fast as possible.

‘Have a Go’ Dog Agility

The 'Have a Go' Dog agility runs from 10am to 4pm. Bring along your four-legged canine friend and try out the dog agility challenge. Send your dog up the A frame, over the jumps and across the see-saw to see if you too catch the buzz that agility can provide.

Fun Dog Show

Bring your dog along and enter on the day! We want to provide your four-legged friends of the canine variety some entertainment over the weekend too, so come and sign them up.
11:00 Most Handsome Dog
11:30 Prettiest Bitch
12:00 Best Rescue
12:30 Best Veteran
13:00 Best Child Handler (7-12 yrs old)
13:30 Best in Show

The Royal Agricultural University Beagles

The RAU Beagles were formed in 1890 and hunt the country within approximately a ten mile radius of Cirencester. They are only able to continue due to the goodwill of farmers and surrounding packs of foxhounds. They are hunted by students at the College who are supported by a professional in kennels. Between them they look after around 30 couple of hounds. The Hounds are fed entirely on the fallen stock from the surrounding farms, which is considered a valuable service by the farmers and goes to show how important hunting remains to the rural economy.

The Duke of Beaufort’s Hounds

The Hounds are kennelled at Badminton and are out four days a week from November to March - even more during Autumn hunting later in August. Under the Mastership of the Duke of Beaufort and Captain Ian Farquhar, hunted by Mr Matthew Ramsden, they are a popular and traditional part of the countryside and perform a vital service for farmers.