The horse section is one of the largest in the show and runs from early morning to dusk.With classes for everything from the largest Shires to the smallest Shetlands the whole spectrum of breeds can be seen.
One of the many breeds is the Shetland pony, which inhabits the Shetland Islands off Northern Scotland. Although the exact origins are unclear, It is believed that the Shetland has its origin in the Cob type of Tundra and the Mountain Pony type from Southern Europe which migrated via the ice fields and land masses,
with later introduction of a pony brought to the islands by the Celtic people which had evolved from crossing the same Mountain Pony type with the Oriental horse.
Shetland Ponies were used as pit ponies and also used for pulling carts of peat and seaweed. The first written record of the Shetland pony was in 1603 in the Court Books of Shetland.
The Shetland pony became the first pony to have its own breed society with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society being formed in 1890. Many of the registered ponies today can trace their pedigrees back to the first volumes of the Stud-Book and we owe much to the skill and dedication of the owners of these early studs in selecting the best ponies from the unregistered stock available to them.
Following our strong agricultural show tradition, we like to promote our rural links by including classes for Hunters, native Breeds and Shires. Since we also have a number of top flight Show Jumping stables in the area you may also spend a pleasant afternoon watching a potential future star - horse or rider - in the show ring.