All the fun of More­ton Show

Newent-based Olympic gold medal­list Carl Hester is join­ing the judges at this month’s ex­cel­lent More­ton Show

Cotswold Life - - NEWS -

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

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