In our largest arena of Thame Country Fair, the Andy Singleton Arena, we have space for some of our main attractions.
Our horse boarders will be on their first heat of the 2019 championships. An exciting extreme sport, where a boarder is pulled at speeds of up to 30mph around a series of obstacles by a galloping horse. Sounds crazy? It may be – but it’s also incredibly skilful and great fun to watch. We have both Elite and Intermediate heats in the Andy Singleton Arena (Novice in the Countryside Arena) Expect thrills and spills and plenty of flying mud!
Scurry Trials and Driving
In their first heat of the British Championships; these teams of ponies with their skilled drivers work their way around an arena full of obstacles in the fastest possible time.
Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the Andy Singleton Arena. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, led by falconer Ben Long, we have a brand new display for you in 2018, which we are very excited about. Taking you back in time, you will learn how they are flown, how they are used in pest control and sport, and see how they are worked with hunting dogs and from horseback. The grand finale is a Tudor-themed pageant, where you will enjoy the birds in context of all their medieval finery. You may even have the opportunity to come into the arena and fly one yourself.
Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee.
Shetland Racing UK
One definitely not to miss. You will enjoy watching these fantastic little ponies hurtle round the steeplechase circuit with their young riders. Some hilarious between-race interviews reveal the jockeys’ strategies and you will want to scream for your favourites as they race past!
Chase The Bunny
A firm Living Heritage Favourite! If your dog loves to chase this could be their moment! Dogs are matched to general size and speed and race to chase the lure around the arena. Great fun to both take part in and to watch – especially when the dogs run in completely the opposite direction, or find a more interesting smell. Don’t worry: your dog won’t be the first and certainly won’t be the last!
Walk Up Shoot
Have you ever wondered exactly what happens on a shoot? This is your chance to find out. With their team of gun dogs in various stages of training, Paul Makepeace of Trochery Gundogs, and Aubrey Ladyman will be taking us through how the dogs are used at every stage, from beating with spaniels, flushing the birds out, through to pointing and retrieval in a variety of tricky situations. They will also be demonstrating how gun dogs – both spaniels and retrievers – are trained.