All the fun of Moreton Show
Newent-based Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester is joining the judges at this month’s excellent Moreton Show
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Olympic gold medallist and British equestrian favourite, Gloucestershire’s Carl Hester will be one of the judges at Moreton Show, the finale to the Cotswolds summer calendar.
Hester will be at the show on Saturday, September 1, to pick out the Supreme Champion horse and pony and follows in the footsteps of award-winning actor, Anthony Andrews who, along with his wife, Georgina judged the competition last year.
Hester, who won team gold at London 2012 and a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, says, “I competed at Moreton Show when I lived in the area so it’s a great thrill to be going back 30 years later as a judge.
“I’m looking forward to coming to a real country show because this is where you see so much enthusiasm in the ring. I know that the level of competition will be really high, too.”
Hester, whose yard is at Newent, will be accompanied by Rosemary, Lady Northampton. The pair have known each other since Hester lived in the north Cotswolds.
She says, “Moreton is a wonderful show, with horses coming from all over the country to compete in the one of the last qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show. Having Carl as one of the judges is quite a coup and I’m very much looking forward to spending the day with him. He is charming, amusing and fun to be with.”
In all, there will be more than 2,000 animals at Moreton Show and 350 trade stands; there are not many shows that pack as much into a single day. There’s always a surprise or two as well. This year, you can hug a hen and there is even pig agility.
The dare-devil stunt rider, Matt Coulter – aka the Kangaroo Kid, from Australia’s Gold Coast – tops the bill in the Grand Arena.
There are more gentle pursuits in Farmtastic – a celebration of rural and farming life, with hedge-laying, sausage making, rare breeds and a mini-farm. Children will love Tractor Ted, the Mole Show and the circus skills while adults can indulge themselves in the Cotswold Food Market. There’s even a Spitfire flypast courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
All the details and tickets are at www.moretonshow.co.uk
‘It’s a great thrill to be going back 30 years later as a judge’
Equine competitors at Moreton Show
Up for the cup at Moreton Show
Carl Hester and Valegro at home in Gloucestershire