- Clydesdale – Yearling Class, Ivan Cooke Ring, Thursday 2 July
- All Turnout Classes for all breeds on the Wednesday
- Ridden Kilmannan Class to remain as first class on Wednesday 1 July
- Ridden HOYS class to remain as last class in Wednesday 1 July
- Light Horses In Hand Classes – 5 classes, SHBGB rules (replaces Hunter In Hand), Glaven Ring, Wednesday 1 July
- Concours d’Elegance In Hand & Ridden Class, Waveney Ring, Wednesday 1 July
- Arab Pure Bred In Hand – all classes amalgamated, one class for all
- Arab Anglo & Part Bred In Hand – separate Yearling Class
- GEMS affiliation for miniature Shetlands. Rosette awarded to highest placed GEMS member in each Shetland class
- M&M / Welsh Driving Class, Wensum Ring, Wednesday 1 July
- Revised class order
- Junior Academy Inter County Team Jumping Competition, Light Horse Ring, Wednesday 1 July
- Ride and Drive Challenge opened up to a maximum of two (2) horses per rider
HISTORICAL DATA – NEW AT LAST YEAR’S SHOW (2019)
NEW Farrier Competition with 6 classes over both Show days.
- Hunter Shoeing, Roadster Shoeing & Qualified Therapeutic
- Apprentice – 1st & 2nd Year Apprentice, 3rd & 4th Year Apprentice and
HISTORICAL DATA – 2018 SHOW
HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW – CELEBRATING 70 Years !
ARAB HORSE SOCIETY – CELEBRATING 100 Years !
SHIRE HORSE SOCIETY CELEBRATING 140 Years !
TRADITIONAL GYPSY COBS (TGCA)
NEW Traditional Gypsy Cob Horses Section for 2018 to be held in the Wensum ring on the Wednesday afternoon. There will be 2 In Hand classes (Youngstock and Senior) and 1 Ridden class. These classes are qualifiers for the Best of Breed Finals at the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) National Breed Championship Show ‘TOYS’. The top 3 in each class will qualify for TOYS. The top 3 in each class may also go forward to the ‘Quest for a Star’ Championship to be held straight after the ridden class.
The winner of the In Hand Championship (held after the two In Hand classes) will be eligible for the prestigious HOYS Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship (C1) as well as the RNAA Stuart Group Supreme In Hand Championship (C2). (Note: Geldings 4 years old and over are NOT eligible for C1 Cuddy.)The Champion and Reserve Champion of the ‘Quest for a Star’ Ridden Championship (held after the ridden class) will qualify for the Ultimate Star Championships at TOYS. The winner will also be eligible for the RNAA Ridden Supreme Championship (C3).
The top 2 from each class (In Hand and Ridden) will also qualify for The Showing Register (TSR) qualifiers.
CONNEMARAS and TAM O’SHANTER
The Royal Norfolk Show will again be hosting the British Connemara Pony Society Tam O’Shanter Breeding Qualifiers. The classes are mixed classes open to Connemara and New Forest ponies (The Tam O’Shanter Qualifiers are for Connemara ponies only). Please note that for 2018 the format has changed. The three highest placings will now qualify for each age group, yearlings, 2 year olds and 3 year olds (9 qualifiers). Also, the Broodmare class is now open to ALL MARES. The three highest placed mares will qualify (3 qualifiers). Qualification will not pass lower down than 6th place if those above have already qualified. Qualification cards ONLY will be given out in the ring. Qualification rosettes will be given out at the Annual BCPS Breed Show. So there will be 12 qualifiers coming from the Royal Norfolk Show (instead of 4!)
The finals will be held at the Annual BCPS Breed Show on Saturday 14 July 2018 at Home Farm, Hothorpe, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6QX.
31 HOYS QUALIFIERS
We are delighted to have been allocated and been given the chance to host 31 HOYS qualifiers again for 2018. This includes the two qualifiers that were NEW for 2017
- Partbred Pony (Ridden) NEW for 2017
- Junior M&M (Ridden) NEW for 2017
- CUDDY – In Hand Supreme Championship
- Arabs (purebred) – Geldings, stallions and mares
- Cobs – Lightweight, Middleweight and Maxi Cob
- Hunter (Weights) – Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight
- Hunter (Working) – Cuddy Worker of the Year
- M&M First Ridden & Lead Rein
- M&M Ridden – Fell, Highland and Dales
- M&M Ridden – Dartmoor, Exmoor and Shetland
- M&M Ridden – New Forest
- M&M Ridden – Connemara
- M&M Ridden – Welsh Section A
- M&M Ridden – Welsh Section B
- M&M Ridden – Welsh Section C
- M&M Ridden – Welsh Section D
- M&M Junior – Small breeds
- M&M Junior – Large breeds
- Part Bred Pony
- Riding Horses – Small
- Riding Horses – Large
- Harness Horse & Pony of the Year
- Shire Horse of the Year
- Scurry Pairs – Under and over 122cms.
A NEW TROPHY. The Palmfields Nightingale Perpetual Trophy has been presented by Mrs Sue Palmer in memory of her broodmare Palmfields Nightingale and will be awarded to the winning Brood Mare in class 167. This is the Riding Ponies, Brood Mare class for horses, not exceeding 148cms and with their own foal at foot.
FOREIGN AND RARE NATIVE BREEDS
This section was NEW for 2017 and is open to all recognised Pure Bred Foreign and Pure Bred Rare Native Breeds that DO NOT have their own breed classes at the Show and that are NOT included in any mixed breed sections/classes. Eligible breeds for example may be: Appaloosa, Andalusian, Caspian, Cleveland Bay, Eriskay, French Breton, Friesian, Holsteiner, Icelandic, Knabstrupper, Lippizaner, Lusitano, Morgan, Norwegian Fjord, Warmblood. ALL Horses must be registered with their respective breed society.
There will be 2 In Hand classes and an In Hand Championship plus 1 Ridden class/Championship. The winner of the In Hand Championship will be eligible for the Cuddy Supreme In Hand (HOYS) Supreme Championship (C1) and the RNAA Stuart Group Supreme In Hand Championship (C2). The winner of the Ridden Championship will be eligible for the RNAA Ridden Supreme Championship (C3). These classes are also TSR qualifiers.
NEW for 2018, There will be a special prize for the highest placed Cleveland Bay ! There will be a special rosette and sash awarded and £25 prize money.
At the request of the exhibitors the Haflinger ridden classes will now be held before the Haflinger In Hand classes.
SUPREME TURNOUT CHAMPIONSHIP (Excellent Prize Money).
NEW for 2018 is the Heavy Horse Turnout Championship. The winning Team, Pairs, Singles and 2 wheeled from classes 44-49 will compete against each other in the Championship to win a 1st prize of £500 and reserve prize of £250. Eligibility. If the winners of classes 44-49, although eligible to compete in the Turnout Championship (C17) declare they will not be coming forward, then eligibility will pass to the reserve in that class. Eligibility will NOT pass below reserve position.
The prize money for this new class has been sponsored by Annabell’s Equestrian, Hot Shoes & Harvey & Son Brewery (Lewes).
NEW NOVICE HANDLER CLASS
This NEW Novice Handler class is open to Shire, Suffolk, Percheron and Clydesdales. A Novice handler is defined as a handler who has not won a 1st Prize in a Novice Handler class at a County Show prior to 1st January 2018. Novice Handlers (showing a Shire, Suffolk or Percheron) must be over 18 years of age and Novice Handlers (showing a Clydesdale) must be over 16 years of age. Animals shown in this class must also have been entered and shown in their respective breed classes at this Show. Those entering the Novice Handler class may NOT also enter the equivalent Young Handler class with the same horse at this Show. We very much hope this class will be well supported and give newcomers an opportunity to compete.
IN HARNESS CLASSES
The harness classes this year have each been split into Working (Neatest and Cleanest) and Show (Decorated) harnesses. Although separate competitions they will be judged in the ring at the same time.
QUEEN’S PRIZE for the Best Heavy Horse in 2018 !
A once in 7 years opportunity ! The Queen’s Prize and the Perpetual Challenge Trophy (shown below) are presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the best animal in one of the eligible sections. The animal must be owner bred by an exhibitor whose premises are within the County of Norfolk. This prestigious award is on a 7 year rota through the following 7 sections. Sheep, Pigs, Goats, Dairy Cattle, Light Horse, Beef Cattle and Heavy Horse. This year 2018, the Queens Prize will be awarded to the Best Heavy Horse.
RING CHANGE for RIDDEN HEAVY HORSE CLASSES
We offer two ridden Heavy Horse classes at the Royal Norfolk Show. One is a Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) QUALIFIER and the other is a qualifier for the British Ridden Heavy Horse Championship at EQUIFEST. These classes are open to purebred mares, geldings and stallions, 4 years old or over, that are registered in the main British Stud Books of the Shire, Suffolk, Clydesdale or Percheron Horse Societies. (Partbreds are not eligible). For 2018, BOTH classes will now be held in the lovely big Wensum Ring, a much bigger ring to make way for these beautiful, big horses ! Both classes are on Wednesday. The HOYS qualifier class is early morning and the Equifest qualifier class is in the afternoon.
FANTASTIC PRIZE OFFERED to winner of the 2018 Concours d’Elegance
Judge and local artist, David ‘Mouse’ Cooper has very kindly offered to paint a picture, as a prize, of the winning turnout in the Concours d’Elegance. This is a wonderful prize and a unique opportunity for our 2018 competitors ! David judged at the 2017 Show but the weather was atrocious and very few turnouts came forward. So with the sunshine ordered for 2018, David will be judging this class again this year.
David ‘Mouse’ Cooper is a figurative artist living and working in Newmarket, Suffolk. He worked in racing yards in both Lambourn and Newmarket and painted as a hobby throughout all of this time, selling many of his works of racing scenes to friends and colleagues within the industry. Having reached the position of head lad in the racing yard, he moved to work as an Animal Health Technician at the Rossdale’s Equine Hospital in Newmarket. During his time there, he put himself through college, achieving a City and Guild’s in art at the West Suffolk College. In 2005 he was offered a full-time place at the Anglia Ruskin University to read fine arts. He graduated in 2007 with a BA honours in Art and Illustration and followed this with a teaching certificate. He now divides his time between teaching and painting, running regular workshops at Tindalls Art Supplies Shop in Newmarket and teaching art classes twice a week at the Racing Centre, also in Newmarket.
The Royal Norfolk Show would like to thank David for offering this wonderful prize and we look forward to seeing who the lucky winner will be.
DONKEY DRIVING CLASS – Driving awards
Two Donkey Driving awards of a Special rosette and £30 will be awarded during the Open Donkey Driving class (Class 223) at this year’s Show. Both awards have been very kindly donated by Miss Angela Sixsmith. The first will be for the highest placed donkey in a traditional/traditional-type vehicle and the second award will be for the highest placed donkey in an exercise vehicle.
1.20m OPEN TWO PHASE COMPETITION (Class 235).
You will be pleased to hear that the county restriction has been lifted from this class so is now open to all competitors (not just those living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire). The rule however still stands that riders in the Top 100 of the British Showjumping Gold League as of 30/9/2017 are now allowed to compete.
The Maureen Holden – Mr. Vee Memorial Perpetual Cup will still be awarded to the highest placed Norfolk Rider in this class.
1.25m OPEN COMPETITION (Class 232).
This competition has changed from Table A7 to a single phase competition.
HISTORICAL DATA – NEW AT LAST YEAR’S SHOW (2017)
Light Horses – Summary
- NEW for 2017 Irish Draught Horse Section
- Foreign and Native Rare Breed Class
- Novice Working Hunter Class
- Award for Best Local Donkey
- NEW HOYS Qualifier for Partbred Pony – Ridden
- NEW HOYS Qualifier for Junior M&M – Ridden
- ROR Tattersalls Show Series class – increased prize voucher values
- World Horse Welfare (WHW) celebrating their 90th Anniversary
Light Horses – Detail
NEW IRISH DRAUGHT SECTION
NEW Irish Draught (ID) Horses Section for 2017 There will be 2 In Hand classes and an In Hand Championship plus 2 Ridden classes and a Ridden Championship. The highest placed ID horse in the two ridden classes will qualify for The Blue Chip and IDHS (GB) £2000 Challenge at the Annual Breed Show at Arena UK (Lincolnshire) in August 2017. The winner of the In Hand Championship will also be eligible for the Cuddy Supreme In Hand (HOYS) Supreme Championship (C1) and the RNAA Stuart Group Supreme In Hand Championship (C2). The winner of the Ridden Championship will also be eligible for the RNAA Ridden Supreme Championship (C3). The Blue Chip and IDHS (GB) £2000 qualifier is also awarded to eligible ID horses competing in other sections/classes: Novice ridden hunter, novice working hunter, small and ladies. Blue Chip £2000 qualification cards supplied by IDHS will be awarded in the ring to the highest placed ID horses in the various classes on the day.
NEW FOREIGN AND RARE BREED CLASS
This new section is open to all recognised Pure Bred Foreign and Pure Bred Rare Native Breeds that DO NOT have their own breed classes at the Show and that are NOT included in any mixed breed sections/classes. Eligible breeds for example may be: Appaloosa, Andalusian, Caspian, Cleveland Bay, Eriskay, French Breton, Friesian, Holsteiner, Icelandic, Knabstrupper, Lippizaner, Lusitano, Morgan, Norwegian Fjord, Warmblood. There will be 2 In Hand classes and an In Hand Championship plus 1 Ridden class/Championship. The winner of the In Hand Championship will be eligible for the Cuddy Supreme In Hand (HOYS) Supreme Championship (C1) and the RNAA Stuart Group Supreme In Hand Championship (C2). The winner of the Ridden Championship will be eligible for the RNAA Ridden Supreme Championship (C3). These classes are aslo TSR qualifiers.
ALL Horses must be registered with their respective breed society and the registration number MUST be included on the entry form.
NEW NOVICE WORKING HUNTER CLASS
This year we are holding a Novice Working Hunter class to be run under Sports Horse Breeding (GB) rules.
Any eligible ID horses competing in this section may qualify for The Blue Chip and IDHS (GB) £2000 qualifier.
NEW AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL DONKEY
New for 2017, the Donkey Breed Society (DBS) will be awarding a ‘Best Local Donkey’ Rosette to the best Donkey owned by a DBS member living within a 25 mile radius of the Showground. We would ask if eligible competitors could please wear a coloured armband to make themselves known to the judges and stewards.
NEW HOYS QUALIFIER – PARTBRED PONY – RIDDEN
This competition is open to stallions, mares or geldings 4 years old and over, registered within one or more of the following stud books: The partbred or anglo arab section of the Arab Horse Society. Minimum 12.5% Arab blood. The partbred section of the Welsh Pony & Cob Stud Books. Minimum of 12.5% Welsh blood. The partbred section of the Dartmoor Pony Stud Book. Minimum of 12.5% Dartmoor blood. The partbred section of the British Connemara Stud Book. Minimum of 25% Connemara blood. The partbred section of the New Forest Pony Stud Book. Minimum 25% New Forest blood.
NEW HOYS QUALIFIERS – JUNIOR M&M – RIDDEN
Two new qualifiers for Junior competitors. One for small breed ponies (Dartmoor, Exmoor, Shetland, Welsh Section A or B.) and one for large breed ponies (New Forest, Connemara, Fells, Dales, Highland, Welsh Section C and D. Open to mares and geldings, four years old and over.
Small Breed class Riders 10-14 years.
Large Breed class Riders 10-18 years.
- RING CHANGE for BRITISH RIDDEN HEAVY HORSE CHAMPIONSHIPWe offer again this year a HOYS QUALIFIER for the Ridden Heavy Horse class. This class is open to purebred mares, geldings and stallions, 4 years old or over, that are registered in the main British Stud Books of the Shire, Suffolk, Clydesdale or Percheron Horse Societies. Please note this class has been moved to the Wensum Ring, a bigger ring, to make way for these beautiful, big horses !
- TWO Ridden Heavy Horses Qualifiers.
Class 41 . HOYS qualifier.
Class 42. Kilmannan qualifier at Equifest and C3 RNAA Ridden Supreme qualifier.
Private Driving – Summary
- NEW for 2017 Junior, Lady & Gentleman Whip class
- Lots of new sponsors – increased prize money !
- Championship prize money. Champion (£175) and Reserve Champion (£75)
- British Driving Society (BDS) celebrating their 60th Diamond Anniversary
- Special BDS Diamond rosettes for all exhibitors
HISTORICAL DATA – NEW AT THE ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW (2016)
There were NEW classes, sections, awards and qualifiers. There was something new in ALL the sections: Light Horses, Heavy Horses, Private Driving and Showjumping. In summary these were:
Rescue horse section.
Separate Shetland gelding class
Claylands trophy for Shetland gelding class
Jack the Giant trophy for RNAA Ridden Supreme Championship
Bronze medals for M&M Welsh A, B, C and D
TSR qualifiers throughout the schedule
BSPS qualifiers for M&M ridden classes
M&M foal classes welsh A, B, C and D
Queens prize for the best Light Horse !
HOYS Ridden Heavy Horse qualifier
Extra classes for Clydesdales
NEW Jack the Giant trophy for RNAA ridden supreme
Rescue horse section.
Exercise vehicle class with Osborne Refrigerator qualifier
Not a new class but Country turnout class now an Osborne Refrigerator qualifier
Foxhunter qualifier to The Game Fair. (1st Prize at the Game Fair £2000)