Hurst Horse Show 'one of our best local events'By Lewis Rudd
July 01, 2011
Hundreds of people enjoyed a range of traditional attractions as they helped raise money for a range of local causes at the Hurst Horse Show and Country Fayre.
The two-day event was held over the weekend and featured attractions including ferret racing, farm animals, a beer tent, a second hand book stall and exhibits from a number of local businesses.
Children also enjoyed a bouncy castle, a potter’s wheel and a steam engine.
On Sunday, they could also saddle up to enjoy pony rides.
The usual horse show classes could not take place this year due to work being carried out on the field where the show is held.
Hobby horse classes were held instead and the organisers had an arena which featured performances from local dance troupes, as well as Maypole dancing by children from St Nicholas Primary School in School Road.
The school is one of the main beneficiaries of the money raised at the show, and parents and children were involved in running a number of stalls. Pupils Isobel Lunn and Holly Upton won prizes for their show programme designs.
Other local groups to benefit are the Wokingham Red Diamonds Sports Association, which supports disabled children to take part in sports, St Nicholas Playgroup, Hurst Village Hall and St Nicholas Church.
The event was opened on Saturday by Dr Liz Bentley, a local woman who is head of weather at the Royal Metrological Society.
Under grey skies, she gave a confident prediction of sun in the afternoon and glorious sunshine on Sunday.
And she was right, as the clouds parted on Saturday afternoon and Sunday turned out to be the hottest day so far this year.
She said: “This is a really great local event for the local community.
“It gives a chance for the local community to come together.
“It’s one of the best local events we have and it’s really good for the local organisations who are able to use it to raise money.”
Jez Henry, a dad of two who brought his sons Joe and Christian along to the event, said: “This is a great event for the kids.
“We’ve been here a lot over the past few years.
“It’s a fantastic, old-style local event and we really like it.”
Mum Amanda Philp was exhibiting with her business, Waltham St Lawrence based Church Farm Woodcraft.
She said: “It’s a lovely village event. It’s a good place for us to show what our business is about and it’s great to take the kids to see the farm animals.”
Nina Aitken was there with her 16-month old daughter Isla.
She said: “This is the first time I’ve been and it’s really good.
“She loved the farm animals.
“I’ve come with friends today and I’m really glad I did because I’m not sure I would’ve known about it otherwise.”
Winnersh couple Helen and Stuart Ower, of the Plum Pudding Pig Company, were at the show with their son Harry, 13, showcasing two of their pigs. The company has been running for just nine months, but is already expanding.
Beekeepers Neil Marshall and Sue Lee of Hurst had their best ever start to the year when they made 375lbs of honey, with many jars selling at the show. The warm April weather brought flowers out early, boosting honey production.
Hurst woman Vicky Cossey, 24, raised funds for Hurst’s Community Responder Scheme for which she volunteers.
Miss Cossey qualified for the scheme a year ago, after receiving training to help in certain medical emergencies.
After the first day of the event, organiser Sue Corcoran said: “Today was a lovely day.
“It went really well, we had lots of people come and the sun came out in the afternoon.
“I know the book stall sold 300 books today, which is great.”
Organising committee chairman Sarah Barnard said: “People told us they enjoyed the relaxed non-commercial atmosphere – they said it was how a country show should be.
“It was really fabulous, with events for everyone whatever their age or interests. The hot weather meant the ice cream man had record sales, selling 2,000 ice creams and lollies.”
Visitors also sank 600 pints of lager, 500 pints of bitter, 250 pints of cider and gallons of tea and coffee. This was
soaked up with 900 burgers and 550 hot dogs.