Fine forecast for Hurst Horse ShowBy Sally Bryant
June 24, 2011
Organisers are forecasting success for this year’s Hurst Horse Show and Country Fair – and they have an expert on side to make sure they get it right, whatever the weather.
Dr Liz Bentley, a familiar face to BBC Gardeners’ World viewers, has lived in the village for 13 years and will open the show on Saturday.
The weather expert is forecasting “drier and brighter” weather just in time for the weekend – and as well as giving the sunny outlook, she has been helping organisers get their timing right.
Willing hands are standing by for the wind to drop so they can get the marquees up.
Show chairman Sarah Barnard said: “Liz’s information really helped us get our order right for the beer tent. We’ve ordered 1,080 pints of lager, 540 pints of ale and 360 pints of cider.
“We have Pimms, wine, soft drinks and, in the tea tent, gallons of tea and coffee. No-one will go thirsty.”
Dr Bentley, who founded the Weather Club at the Royal Meteorological Society, is giving a daily update this week on the www.hursthorseshow.org.uk website.
Come rain or shine, the show and country fair promises something for all tastes and ages on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am until 5.30pm both days.
The mood will be that of rural days gone by. Visitors will be able to relax on straw bales outside the beer, barbecue and tea tents to watch arena events.
There will be tugs of war, search and rescue dogs, falconry displays, Sandhurst Draghunt hounds and Talisman Riding for the Disabled from Cloud Stables, Arborfield, as well as entertainment from the Waltham St Lawrence Band.
St Nicholas Primary School maypole dancers, Hurst Morris People, the local Blue Flame dance group and Elements of Dance will all perform for the crowd.
Children will be spoiled for choice between an assault course, the chance to meet farmyard animals, football skills challenges, pony rides and a bouncy castle.
Crowd-pullers will include a homemade hobby horse parade and hobby horse gymkhana at 1.30pm on Saturday, and a countryside-themed fancy dress parade at the same time on Sunday. Visitors can take along their pets for terrier and non-terrier dog races and ferret racing is a big hit every year.
Anyone who likes nothing better than a couple of hours strolling around won’t be disappointed, either. Plants, cakes, jams, sweets, jewellery, pork products, pottery, ceramics, glassware and saddlecloths will be on sale.
Among ancient crafts being demonstrated, visitors will be able to have a go at turning a pot on a wheel; a veteran tractor and steam engine will be on display; and on Saturday there will be a free, hands-on arts pavilion.
The showground is in School Road. Entry costs £3 for adults and £1 for teenagers, under-13s and OAPs enter free of charge.