Equine Competitors

The Romsey Show 2021 – Cancelled

Once again and following the recent decision made by Government to postpone lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions on 21st June, the Trustees of The Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society have had to make the sad and extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s Romsey Show, which was due to take place on 11th September. As a Registered Charity and with only two paid members of staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to hold our annual show, which costs in excess of £242,000. Over the past few months, we have been planning a ‘different look’ Romsey Show to take into account limitations due to Covid-19. However, along with the postponement of restrictions lifting, it has become apparent that many traders have decided not to exhibit this year due to stock issues, staff on Furlough and the uncertainty of visitor numbers. Add that to no Covid event insurance, no livestock competitions, no main ring entertainment and no guarantee of visitor numbers, all whilst the costs of putting on the Show remain the same if not greater, means that not only is it not financially viable, the Show would be nothing like the Romsey Show our visitors have come to know and love. Therefore, our Trustees have made the decision to take a longer-term view in order to protect our financial position and secure the Show for generations to come.

Our Trustees and Show Secretary are extremely disappointed to be in this position for the second year running and wish to thank our traders, sponsors, contractors and members who have shown their commitment this year, we truly appreciate your support, and we will be in touch as soon as possible regarding the next steps of cancellation. Please do bear with us, we will contact you individually.

For enquiries, please email info@romseyshow.co.uk

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Equine Flu  and Passport – reminder

All horses, ponies and donkeys entering this show MUST have had their Equine Flu vaccinations. These vaccinations must be recorded in their passport which must be present with the animals when entering the showgrounds.

Animals without a passport or where the vaccinations are not up to date will be refused entry/asked to leave the showground immediately.

For any equines not already vaccinated please be aware the last date for the 1st vaccination of a primary course is the 6th August allowing for 2nd vaccination by 6th September at the latest.

All others must have been vaccinated within 6 months of the show but not less than 7 days of arriving at the show ie between 13th March and 6th September.

Any quires you may have please contact Celtic Equine Vets 02380 814155 or office@celticequinevets.co.uk who will also be present on the day

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Donkey entries will be open for the 2021 show closer to the show

Horse Schedule 2021

With the current uncertainty with Covid-19 and the lockdown easing roadmap, the Show Council have decided to run a single ring for the Horse Show. This is largely due to the need to limit liabilities should the Covid situation worsen and the Show have to be cancelled for a second year.

We have decided to run this as a jumping ring, with the additional aim of providing classes which the public will understand, and hopefully then encourage competitors during the competition.

The following is an overview of the classes/sections we are proposing. The detailed schedule and rules will be available in a few weeks. Body protectors will be required for the Team Relay and Eventers classes.


Open to all horses and ponies, 4 years old and over. Riders may only ride one animal in each section. A horse/pony can enter two consecutive sections. Rider may be any age, except for stallions. These sections will be marked, and not run against the clock.

Section 1     Height of fences 45cm to 60cm (approx.) – only open to novices – those who have not won a Training Stakes class at any show.

Section 2     Height of fences 60cm to 75cm (approx.)

Section 3     Height of fences 75cm to 90cm (approx.)


This is intended to be a “fun” class. Hopefully spectators will become involved in cheering on their favourites.

Open to horses and ponies, 4 years old and over. Riders may only ride one horse/pony in each class. Rider may be any age, except for stallions. Ponies will compete in teams of 2, jumping a course of rustic fences, against the clock. The first competitor will jump the course, and then hand their whip to the second rider, who will then jump the same course. The time will start as the first competitor approaches the first fence and finish when the second competitor has completed the final fence. Places will be decided by the fewest penalties in the shortest time. The maximum height of fences will be 70cm.


These classes are similar to those run at the 2019 show. Again, we are encouraging crowd support.

Open to horses and ponies, 4 years old and over. Riders may only ride one horse/pony in each class. Competitors will jump a course against the clock. The fences will be a mixture of rustic and show jumping fences. We have added a Joker fence after the timed section, which will give a time deduction if cleared successfully. Placings will be decided on fewest penalties in the shortest time (including Joker deduction).

Section 1     EVENTERS TEAM CHALLENGE – maximum height of fences 75cm.

This section is for teams of 3, ideally in the same team colours. All members of a team to jump one after the other. The combined penalties and times (including Joker bonuses) to count (no discard scores).

Section 2     EVENTING CHALLENGE – maximum height of fences 80cm.

This section is for individual competitors.

Providing the pandemic situation continues to improve, and restrictions are lifted as we all hope, then we will run a full Horse Show with the usual Showing classes in 2022.

Donkey Schedule 2021

DONKEY SCHEDULE 2021 – to be updated shortly

Click HERE to download a copy of the Equine Schedule 2019

Champion Donkey Status Show for 2020 Affiliated to the Donkey Breed Society whose Rules apply.

Judge: tbc

Entry £6 – Romsey Show Members £5.

Rosettes only. No prize money for 2021 Show only.

The In Hand Champion Donkey at this show automatically qualifies for the relevant Championship at the D.B.S. Annual Supreme Championship Show provided it is owned by a fully paid up member of the D.B.S. A donkey may win more than one Championship at shows but will qualify only once for the D.B.S. Supreme Championship Show. If the Champion has already qualified the reserve will take the qualifier. No other donkey will be eligible. The Donkey Breed Society will present the following rosettes providing the winning exhibits are members of the Society:

A rosette to the best 2-year-old Class 92 Rosettes to the best Geldings in Classes 92 & 93

A rosette to the best Foal in Class 94

A rosette to the best Young Rider in Class 95

A rosette to the best Young Handler in Class 96

A rosette to the winner of the Long Rein, 97

A rosette to the winner of the Veteran class 99

The Show Society will give a championship rosette and reserve championship rosette to the Best Donkey in the show, to be judged from the 1st and 2nd prize winners in Classes 92 – 94 Rosettes will be given to the best six foals in Class 94 (at the judge’s discretion). Note: All entire male donkeys must be shown in a bridle with a leading rein correctly attached to the bit, and must be led by an adult attendant. For long reining, donkeys must wear a bit or bridle (open or blinkered), a driving pad or saddle with long reins. Whips are to be carried but overuse will be penalised.

Class 91 BEST CONDITION AND TURNED-OUT DONKEY, any age or sex, to be judged 75% for condition and 25% for turnout. Conformation will not be taken into account. Special rosette to the best young handler 16yrs and under

Class 92 DONKEY COLT, FILLY OR GELDING, Youngstock. Florence Wilford Cup for the best youngstock exhibit.

Class 93 DONKEY STALLION OR GELDING, four years old or over. Honor Ward Cup to the best gelding in this class. 1st prize winner and highest placed colt or gelding from classes 92 and 93 will compete for The Sleeman Cup for the best stallion, colt or gelding.

Class 94 DONKEY MARE or MARE WITH OWN FOAL AT FOOT mares 4 years old and over or broodmares 5 years old and over, with own foal at foot. Foals to be 6 weeks old or over on day of show and born in the current year. Foals to be judged first. Special prize of £5 to best foal. 1st prize winners and highest place fillies from Class 91 and 92 to compete for The Brigadier Sleeman Cup for the Best Mare or Filly.

DONKEY CHAMPIONSHIP – Champion £15 Reserve £10 to be judged from the 1st and 2nd prize winners in Classes 92 – 94 Champion is eligible for the DBS In Hand Championship Show 2018

Best Local Donkey. This is for donkeys owned by a DBS member who lives within a 25-mile radius of the showground, and should be judged immediately following the In Hand Championship. Eligible competitors should wear an GREEN armband.


Class 95 RIDDEN DONKEY, four years old or over, on or off leading rein. The following weight/ height restrictions shall apply: Donkeys up to 10.2hh not over 8 stone or 4’0”: donkey’s 10.2-11.0hh not over 8 stone or 4’6”. Donkey’s 11.0-12.0hh not over 9 stone or 5’0”: donkey’s 12.0-14.0hh not over 10 stone or 5’6”. No entire male donkey allowed. Children of 8 years old or under (minimum 3 years) may be led. When a child competes on a leading rein the donkey must be led by a competent adult (18 years or over) and the leading rein must be attached to the noseband.

Class 96 Pet Donkey. To be judged entirely on the suitability of the Donkey as a family pet and not as a handy Donkey. Conformation will not be taken into account. No entires.

Class 97 YOUNG HANDLER CLASS. Donkey Mare, Filly or Gelding to be led by a person under 16 years of age. To be judged on the manner and ability with which the donkey is shown. No entire male donkeys allowed.

Class 98 LONG REIN. Donkey Mare or Gelding, three years or over. To be judged for steady course, impulsion, and crisp transactions, relying on voice commands ONLY.

Class 99 VETERAN donkey of 20 years and over.

THE LADY BEAUMONT PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP (30) kindly presented by Lady Beaumont for the best Donkey in Show. THE SLEEMAN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP (46) kindly presented by Brigadier J.C.de F. Sleeman, CBE, for the best Donkey Stallion, Colt or Gelding. THE BRIGADIER JOHN SLEEMAN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP (50) kindly presented by Brigadier J.C.de F. Sleeman, CBE, for the best Donkey Mare or Filly. THE FLORENCE WILFORD CHALLENGE CUP (53) kindly presented by Mrs. D. E. Edwards for the best exhibit in the Donkey young stock class 92. THE HONOR WARD PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP (90) kindly presented by Mr. & Mrs. Edwards for the best Gelding in class 93. THE COMPTON HORSE SHOW CUP 1953 (111) will be awarded to the best Young Rider in class 95. THE CHAIRMANS CUP (105) will be awarded to the best Young Handler in class 97. THE STOKES CHALLENGE CUP (51) kindly presented by Mrs. V.T. Stokes for the winner of class 99.

Eventers Challenge - Details here



Single phase.  The course will be over natural and coloured obstacles all with faultable elements. The first half of the course is over Show Jumps, and the second half over Cross Country style jumps which will be the timed section.
10 faults will be given for each knock-down
10 faults will be given for each refusal.
The 3rd refusal or the fall of horse or rider will be elimination.
For every commenced second in excess of the optimum time 1 time penalty will be given
For every commenced second in excess of 10 seconds under the optimum time 2 penalties will be given
The winner will be the competitor with the lowest number of penalties. In case of equality closest to the optimum time will win.

Cross Country colours and body protectors must be worn. No watches or Go Pro Cameras will be permitted. No jewellery is allowed.  Riding hats with no fixed peak/ Skull Caps must meet one of the following current Safety Standards/specifications and MUST be worn by all Riders of all ages.: PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) and VG01.040 2014-12, all with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC Mark.

Along with the above rules competitors must adhere to the Rules of The Romsey Show.




Entries will open nearer the show

Rules & Regulations

REGULATIONS – for Exhibitors

The Council will not be responsible for any error, which may appear in the catalogue, or for any entry being made in the wrong class.  It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to read these rules and abide by them.

The Show Society takes the health and welfare of animals seriously and has signed up to the ASAO Animal Welfare Plan.  This Plan relates to animals paraded, exhibited, ridden and/or for display purposes.  The Show Society will take whatever appropriate measures it deems necessary to ensure the best welfare conditions exist for all animals.  All exhibitors are required to ensure their animals are fit and healthy upon arrival and throughout their time at the Show.  More details relating to health and welfare matters can be found elsewhere in these Regulations.

  1. The printed entry forms and certificates to be filled in by exhibitors for prizes at the Annual Show shall be kept by the Secretary and every person intending to exhibit shall obtain the forms and send them duly filled in to the Secretary together with the appropriate entry fee and by the date advertised in the Schedule. No prize shall be awarded unless the exhibitor shall have first complied with this rule. Any entry received after the date above referred to shall be accepted only at the discretion of the Secretary and any such late entry that may be so accepted shall be liable to an entry double the normal entry fee [no exceptions].
  2. Any exhibitor or other person deceiving or attempting to deceive the Council by entering animals in the wrong classes, ownership or name contrary to these Rules, Classes and Regulations will forfeit the whole of the entrance fee, or any other prizes won by him/her at the Show except prizes won by exhibits correctly entered by him/her and will not be allowed in future to exhibit at the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society’s exhibitions. The responsibility for correctness of all entries will rest with the owner or his/her agent and not with the Secretary of the Society for accepting such entry.
  3. Any exhibitor, or other person, deceiving the Council by entering animals which have been administered any medicament or drug thereby hiding their true mental or physical condition, will forfeit their entrance fees and any prizes won and will not be allowed to exhibit in the future. The Society reserves the right to test any horse or livestock exhibits for the presence of hormones or illegal substances, which may affect the behaviour, or performance of the animal in the ring. Refusal to submit a sample will be dealt with by the Society at their discretion.
  4. The Society vet will have the right to treat an animal if urgent attention is required and the owner cannot be found.
  5. Unless otherwise stated, exhibitors may enter an unlimited number of animals in each class, subject to the special conditions of the respective classes. However, cattle wishing to be considered for the Cattle Champion of Champions Award can only be awarded qualifying points in one ‘section’ of cattle (ie Open Dairy OR Native/Rare Breed, not through both)
  6. Every exhibitor of livestock who shall send for exhibition any animal which, to his/her knowledge is not safe to handle, or is suffering from, or has been in contact with any animal suffering from any contagious or infectious disease, shall forfeit and pay to the Secretary the sum of £1000 as and for liquidated damages for each and every animal sent, and in the event of the Society’s Veterinary Inspector certifying that any animal sent for exhibition is, in his/her opinion, a source of danger, such animal shall be removed with due speed by the exhibitor or his servant from the Showground, or be otherwise dealt with as the Veterinary Inspector may direct with a view to averting danger or the spread of contagion.
  7. ALL prize-winning cattle and sheep must take part in the Grand Parade, held at 3pm in the Presidents (main) Ring or risk forfeiture of prizes. The committee would appreciate it if exhibitors would also parade non-prize winners. In the case of sheep, a decision will be made on Show day as to whether it will be Non-MV Accredited sheep or MV Accredited sheep participating in the Grand Parade (due to enforceable accreditation regulations for the Show). Stewards reserve the right to remove any animal deemed unsafe from the Grand Parade. Cattle must not be loaded for removal until 4pm or prizes will be forfeited. Cattle will parade in order of breeds and classes as shown in the schedule.

No cattle exhibits are to be removed before 4.00pm. The Secretary has no authority to give any written or verbal permission for an exhibit to be removed. The Council reserves the right to reject any exhibit or exhibits not complying with this regulation.

  1. In cases where the prizes are offered or awarded conditionally, and in the classes for novices, they will be withheld until the exhibitor shall have proved to the satisfaction of the Council that the conditions have been complied with, and it is incumbent that the exhibitors prove the correctness of their certificates if required to do so. Should any exhibitor fail to do so to the satisfaction of the Council, the entry in question will be disqualified and awards made to it will be cancelled.
  2. In cases of any prize animals being disqualified, the winner of the next succeeding prize in that class shall take the prize that has been awarded to such disqualified animal. The lowest prize in the class shall go to the reserve number provided a reserve ticket has been awarded.
  3. Any exhibitor or his/her servant who shall refuse to obey an order from the stewards or who shall be guilty of improper behaviour shall not be allowed to compete, and the Council shall have the power to order the offender to leave the Show and to refuse that person’s entry for future Shows. The Council reserve the right to reject or cancel the entry or entries made by any person, if they deem it fit to do so.
  4. Numbers will be supplied by the Secretary, and must be properly attached to each exhibit by the exhibitor before being admitted to the Show ring. No exhibit will be allowed to wear rosettes or ribbons other than those issued by the Society.
  5. All stock and servants in charge of same will be subject to the Orders, Rules and Regulations of the Society. Servants only will be allowed to enter the Showground with stock.
  6. No animal may be permitted to be removed from its place without the permission of the Stewards of the department.
  7. No person shall be allowed to fix any placard on the Showground without the written permission of the Secretary, and no exhibitor shall be allowed to distribute handbills on the Showground.
  8. A free admission wristband/badge will be sent to each exhibitor, and wristbands/badges for use of bona fide servants in charge of stock. In case of the transfer or the improper use of a wristband/badge, it will immediately be cancelled and the full price of admission charged.
  9. No person but the ring stewards and any authorised official shall be in any of the rings, or shall have any communication with the judges during the time judging is taking place. Any exhibitor or their agents acting in opposition to this rule shall forfeit such premiums as may be awarded to their exhibit. No exhibits to enter the rings with any distinguishing mark save as allowed by the Regulations.
  10. In cattle classes, second and third prizes will always be awarded unless the judge considers the entries of insufficient merit. Should there be any recommendations not recorded in the schedule such recommendations will be decided upon at Council subsequent to the Show, but the recommendation shall not in any way bind the Council to award the prize.
  11. No prize shall be awarded when, in the opinion of the judges, there is not sufficient merit, and neither shall any premium be given to the exhibitor who shall not have complied with the Regulations of the Society.
  12. Every animal must be paraded (including in the Grand Parade), or ridden or driven as and when required by the Council; any exhibitor failing to comply with this Regulation shall pay a forfeit of £10 or their prize money.
  13. All animals must be brought properly secure to the satisfaction of the stewards of the department, or they will not be admitted to the ground. The animals will be paraded in the ring at the discretion of the steward and exhibitors are requested to see that sufficient staff are in attendance for this purpose at the hours appointed by the stewards.
  15. Every animal will be considered and treated as being in the sole custody of the exhibitor during the whole period of the Show, and until removed every exhibitor must have at least one servant in charge of the animals exhibited by him/her, and the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society will not be responsible in respect of any loss, damage or injury arising from accident or any other cause whatsoever. The servant in charge must have the admission or delivery order in his possession.
  16. Any exhibitor lodging any objection must deposit £30, which will be forfeited if the objection is disallowed; all objections must be delivered in writing at the Secretary’s office on the Showground within 30 minutes of the incident, which has caused the objection to be raised. The Council whose decision shall be final will decide upon the objection.
  17. All disputes respecting the Rules and Regulations of the Society together with all questions, the consideration of which is not otherwise provided for, shall be referred to the Council, whose decision shall be final.
  18. All exhibits must be ready 10 minutes prior to the start of the class and must be present in the ring to be judged.
  19. ALL PRIZE MONEY (unless otherwise stated) MUST BE COLLECTED, WITH THE PRIZE CARD AS IDENTIFICATION, FROM THE I.C.E. STAND. NO PRIZE MONEY WILL BE SENT OUT AFTER THE SHOW. Cattle exhibitors not entering the Grand Parade at 3pm, or loading their animals before 4.00pm, risk forfeiting their prize money.
  20. All cups and trophies must be returned to the Secretary clean and undamaged, by hand or registered post, by the 1st August. Exhibitors who fail to do this may have their entries refused.
  21. Entries may be substituted provided the Secretary is notified in writing, such notification to reach her three clear days before the Show, except in classes held under B.S.J.A. Rules where those apply.
  22. Entrance fees for livestock exhibits, which have to be withdrawn before the Annual Show due to illness or accident will be refunded, provided a Veterinary Officer’s Certificate is produced, within one month of the show.
  23. Every exhibit must be the bona fide property or leasee of the exhibitor at the time of entry except in the case of the Heavy Horse Turnout where the owner of the vehicle shall be considered as the exhibitor. If the animal is sold after the date of entry the change of ownership must be noted to the Show Secretary. Stallions leased for the season will be considered the property of the lessor.
  24. The term exhibitor will include persons taking part in any competition or display arranged by the Society, and the owner of any animal, plant, machinery, or other thing involved in such competition or displayer otherwise exhibited in the Showground. Save for death or personal injury caused by negligence of the Society, its servants or agents, the Society will not be responsible for death, injury, disease, damage or loss caused to an exhibit or to their servant or agent or to any animal, article, plant, machinery, or thing of whatever nature brought to the Showground by said exhibitor from whatever cause such as death, injury, disease damage or loss arises.
  25. The Society shall not be responsible to any person whosoever whilst upon the Society Showground for any form of economic loss whether direct or indirect how so ever caused.
  26. The Society requires all Entrants and Exhibitors to insure themselves and their exhibits against all liabilities both to the Society and to all other persons using the Society Showground unless the Secretary has given written dispensation. The right is reserved to require an appropriate certificate of insurance to be produced for inspection by the Society at the Show Office or upon the Showground.
  27. All entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Society from and against all actions, suits, expenses and claims made against the Society on account of or in respect of the negligence or breach of contract of the entrant.
  28. The Society reserves the right to print exhibitor details in the Show Catalogue and the results. Completion of the entry form indicates that the exhibitor has agreed to these arrangements.
  29. The use of mobile phones is NOT permitted if a competitor, exhibitor and/or their associates are responsible for an animal (ie holding, leading, or riding) in the cattle or horse walks, exercise area, warm up areas, and collecting rings. The use of mobile phones in the judging rings is forbidden.  Mobile phones must NOT be used when handling animals in the Grand Parades. Any person found using a mobile phone when handling an animal or supervising a young person handling an animal will be excluded from the ring or parade.
  30. POSTPONEMENT/CANCELLATION OR ABANDONMENT. Exhibitors shall not have any claim against the Society or any member of the Society in respect of any loss or damage whatsoever consequent upon the show or any part of it failing to be held or having to be abandoned (for whatever reason eg extreme weather, security alerts, etc). No entry monies will be repaid and the Show Society will have no liability for expenses, consequential loss or damage suffered by exhibitors or their representatives as a result of this action.
  31. Any artificial contrivance or device of any description found on or proved to have been used on an animal at any time whilst that animal is in the Showground, either for preventing the flow of milk or for any other improper purpose, will disqualify that animal from being awarded a prize, and any prize awarded prior to discovery will be forfeited. The Instigator or The Owner of the said animal may be prohibited from again entering Stock for any of the Society’s Shows, for such period as the Committee may see fit. For the purpose of this Regulation, the term ‘improper practice’ shall be held to include setting of teats, and generally any other practice including tampering of their own or any other animal by the exhibitor or any other person which results in the animals being shown other than in a natural state, and the Society reserves the right to have all animals inspected by the Society’s Veterinary Officers, prior to, during, or after judging.


The Society will not tolerate the administration to show exhibits (entered either for competition or sale/demonstration) of tranquillisers or other drugs which may in any way affect the performance of the animal in question to have the effect of making it behave in the show ring in a manner which is not natural. The Society reserves the right to take any necessary samples. Any Person or Exhibitor (or his/her representative) who is found to have administered or permitted the administration of any such tranquilliser or drugs to any Show exhibit will be reported to the Organising Committee, and dealt with at their discretion. In addition the matter will be referred to the appropriate Breed Society or Organisation.

Any Exhibitor wishing to lodge an objection, having reference to Livestock exhibited at this Show, must make the same in accordance with the objection requirements of the Society. If, on investigation, the objection is not sustained to the satisfaction of the Committee, the sum thus deposited shall, at the discretion of the Committee, be forfeited to the funds of the Society. All objections must be lodged on the same day as the alleged incident occurred in accordance with the objection regulations, and no objection will be SUBSEQUENTLY received, unless a reason, satisfactory to the Committee be assigned for the delay.


ALL cattle must be from herds on which no movement restrictions have been served by DEFRA.  No animal accepted for entry may be exhibited if, after entry, such movement controls are imposed.

The exemption covering cattle movements to agricultural shows have been revised and new regulations came into force on 1st July 2012 regarding the TB testing of cattle.  Please refer to http:www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/a-z/bovine-tb and http:www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/a-z/bovine-tb/publications for further information.   These rules will apply to all cattle, not just ‘High risk’ herds, as the housing for cattle at the Show will be within an enclosed marquee; all cattle moving from premises in parishes with a 1 year TB testing interval must have undergone a TB test with a negative result within 60 days of the Show.   Herds where the TB tests are scheduled at an interval 4 years will not require pre-movement testing.

Any/ALL alpacas must be pre-movement tested for Bovine TB and from flocks on which no movement restrictions have been served by DEFRA.  No animal accepted for entry may be exhibited if, after entry, such movement controls are imposed.

ALL exhibitors (cattle & alpaca) will be required to provide written confirmation of these test results with their entry, and also have them available for inspection on Showday.

In the event of these regulations changing, exhibitors should be aware and must comply with the current legislation, rules and conditions in force at the time of the Show.


  1. All foals must be the offspring of the mare with which they are exhibited and accompany them into the judging ring. Where mares are entered as ‘in foal’, the prize will be withheld until a certificate of foaling within the stated period has been furnished to the Secretary.
  2. The use of sawdust above the knee, the use of resin, soap or other substances in any form or way designed to give an artificial appearance, or any improper means adopted in showing an animal shall disqualify such animal.
  3. Horses may be measured in the shoes they come in, and the Council reserves the power to disqualify any horse, which, in its opinion, is excessively or unfairly shod.
  4. Exhibit numbers are the same as those in the catalogue. Such number is to be tied on the back of the rider or leader.
  5. No Horse or Pony (other than foals accompanying their dams) not having been entered for exhibition in the Show will be allowed onto the Showground. Proof of entry may be required, by showing appropriate number for exhibits. A Foal not entered in its own right on the entry form and not wearing an allocated number is not eligible to win a prize.
  6. All animals must remain within the Stock/Horse lines designated and must not be exercised throughout the Showground at any time. Access to the Rings, via the official Horse Walks, will only be allowed for judging and parading.
  7. Competitors must wear the correct number of each entry or they may be disqualified by default.
  8. All those entering the Rings with Horses/Ponies, or to attend Horses/Ponies, must be suitably dressed, i.e. including hats and jackets in mounted classes. Anyone riding a Horse/Pony anywhere on the Showground is required to wear a properly fastened hat with harness that conforms to current British Standards regardless of breed society rules.
  9. Exhibitors who are likely to have Horses or Ponies in more than one Ring at the same time should provide additional riders and/or handlers.
  10. In the Ridden classes, whilst every effort will be made, it may not be possible for the judge to ride every Horse or Pony in that class.
  11. Fall of Horse/Pony or rider will result in elimination from that class. Riders must not remount in the ring.
  12. All Stallions and Colts two years old or over, in Mountain and Moorland classes must be in possession of a current Defra, National Pony Society or appropriate Breed Society Stallion Licence. All Stallions to be shown as regulated by their Breed Societies.
  13. The organisers of this Show have taken reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective, everyone must take reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the Organisers and all the Officials and Stewards.
  14. The Society reserves the right to prevent access to the Showground for any Exhibitor, irrespective of the fact they may have entered Horses or Ponies in any class. Under these circumstances any entry fees or other fees would be refunded.
  15. The Society shall not be responsible to any entrant/person whatsoever while upon the Societies Showground for any form of economic loss, direct or indirect and howsoever caused.
  16. Any incident, accident or injury pertaining to property, animal, exhibitor or their servants, members of the public or show officials must be reported to the Show Secretary immediately.
  17. The organisers reserve the right to substitute other judges, for those named, or to make additional appointments. Classes may be split or amalgamated at the judge’s decision. The decision of the judge is always to be accepted as final.

57. Handlers of ponies in In-Hand classes aged 14 years and under MUST wear correctly secured current British standard skull caps/riding hats. Donkey classes at owners’ discretion.

  1. NPS Affiliation 2018 No S24.004 The NPS/NAF M&M Working Hunter Pony Longines Royal International Horse Show Championship Open to pure bred registered M&M stallions, mares and geldings, five years old or over. The owner must be a Qualifying or Life member of the NPS for the pony to enter this competition. Riders may only ride one pony in each class. The highest placed pony from each class to qualify for the final at Hickstead 2019. Qualification may pass down to third in the event first and second have already qualified. At the final riders must also be NPS members. NPS Membership cards are no longer required to be shown in the ring to qualify.
  2. NPS Qualifying Rounds: These classes are judged under the Rules of the NPS. Ponies must be registered in the main body of their respective Mountain & Moorland Stud Books. Part breds are not eligible for Mountain & Moorland Classes. To compete in Show Pony and Show Hunter Pony classes ponies must be registered in the NPS British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register, Appendix, International or Sports Pony section of the BRPSB, the GSB, the AHSB, the AASB or in the main body of their respective Mountain & Moorland Stud Books. Part-Breds are not eligible unless entered in the NPS British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register, Appendix, International or Sports Pony section of the BRPSB.

Qualifying rounds for most NPS competitions are open to ponies owned by NPS members and non-members but only ponies owned by adult NPS Qualifying or Life members are eligible to qualify for the final of the competition at the NPS Summer Championship Show in August 2019.

The highest placed pony, if owned by an NPS member, in each class will qualify for the final.    Qualification may pass down to third place if the first and second ponies are already qualified. 

  1. Stallions/Colts may not be LED by any Juniors who have not attained their 14th birthday before 1 Jan in the current year in any class. Any stallion not exceeding 138cms or small breed M & M stallions, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Shetland and Welsh A & B – may NOT be ridden by Juniors who have not attained their 11th birthday before 1 Jan in the current year. Stallions exceeding 138cms or large breed M & M stallions, i.e. Connemara, Dales, Fells, Highlands, New Forest, Welsh Sections C & D – may not be ridden by any juniors who have NOT attained their 14th birthday before 1st Jan in the current year in any class affiliated to the NPS or Ponies (UK).  Where classes are affiliated to both NPS & Ponies (UK) the classes will be run under NPS Rules.
  2. Equine Passports: It is the Exhibitors’ responsibility to bring Horse Passports with them to the Show as ‘spot checks’ may be carried out by enforcing agencies, and Veterinary medical treatment may be required.
  3. All qualifying classes will be run under the Rules of the relevant Society/Association. Copies of all the applicable rules are available in the Secretary’s Tent.


  1. HEAVY Horse Class West of England Heavy Horse Championship 23rd September 2018

Kindly sponsored by Wadworth & Co. Brewers, Devizes.

Heavy Horse Champion – In Hand, Heavy Horse Champion – In Show Harness.

Rules of Qualification

  1. Qualifiers must be from Recognised Heavy Horse Breeds, of any age. Stallions, Colts, Geldings, Fillies and Mares.
  2. a) The In-hand Qualifier must be the Show Champion of the day. If already qualified at previous qualifier shows then, if necessary, the qualifier position can go down the line to 4th position. If the top 4 horses have already qualified no qualifier can be nominated. 2. b) The Show Harness and Decorated Harness Qualifier must be the highest placed on the day, down to 4th position if necessary. A set of Show Harness can only be used on one qualifying horse. 3. The same horse CANNOT qualify for the In-Hand and the Harness Championships throughout the championship season. 4. Should a Qualifying Horse refuse a first qualification this will exclude that horse from qualifying in the same Championship at any further Qualifying Shows that year. 5. If a qualifier should subsequently be unable to attend the Championships on 27th September at the Turnpike Showground between Shaftesbury & Gillingham in North Dorset, then the Championship Secretary must be notified. The position can then be passed to the next eligible horse. 6. Each horse that qualifies will receive a qualifier rosette.





THE REMAINING FINALISTS (attending Championship) £25.00 AND ROSETTE.

 If exhibitors have queries the West of England Heavy Horse Championships organising Secretary can be contacted:- Mr Brian Willis, Higher Berry Farm, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullumpton, Devon EX15 2NW or telephone (01404) 823636


64. Rules for Working Hunter/Pony classes not affiliated.


1st Phase:

Jumping ———————————————————————– 50

Style while jumping ——————————————————-  10

2nd Phase:

Conformation type and freedom of action —————————  30

Manners. ———————————————————————  10


First refusal —————————————————————–  15

Second refusal ————————————————————–  20

Third refusal —————————————————–  Elimination

Knock down —————————————————————-  10

Fall of either horse or rider in either phase —————  Elimination

A minimum of 5 fences, course to entail a change of direction.  Riders may only complete 1 pony in each section.

Jumping will be taken first and any pony eliminated will not be required for final judging.  Snaffle bridles are permitted but not spurs, and there must be no change of saddlery between phases.



  1. The Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show Society will not pass any personal data on to third parties, other than those who either process information on our behalf or because of a legal requirement, and it will only do so, where possible, after The Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show Society has ensured that sufficient steps have been taken to protect the personal data by the recipient. Exhibitor/Competitor results information may be published (in printed form and online) and provided to the Press and Breed Societies for publication. Information relating to exhibitors and their animals may be provided to DEFRA, Trading Standards, Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), SAC, Breed Societies, County Councils, Veterinary Advisors and others who have regulatory access.
  2. By entering into a class at The Romsey Show, you agree that The Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show Society may use any personal contact information you provide in order to contact you in the future about The Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show Society future shows and share competition results with relevant third parties.


Additional Information for Horse & Donkey Exhibitors


Entry closing dates

Horse and Donkey:    Monday 16th August 2021

No entry will be accepted unless signed by the Exhibitor or authorised agent and correct amount of entry fee, with first aid fee, included.

A local rosette is awarded to the best exhibit in each horse class, which is the property of any exhibitor living within a 15-mile radius of the Town Hall, Romsey.  Those eligible must wear a WHITE arm band.


Rosettes and Championship Rosettes

The society will award 1st – 4th place rosettes and will be awarded at the judges’ discretion.  Championship and Reserve rosettes and cards will be awarded in each championship.

Height Measurement

In all classes where horses or ponies are subject to height limits the judge may order the exhibit to be measured, unless the exhibitor can produce an appropriate official measurement certificate.

To allow classes to run to time numbers will be limited to 20 animals per class.


Admission will by Exhibitor Wristbands and will be provided on the basis of total entry fees paid.  Additional tickets may be purchased at the special Exhibitors’ advanced rate of £14 with your entry.  Wristbands and information will be posted 2 weeks before the show.

1 horse entered       – 2 wristband passes

2 horses entered      – 3 wristband passes

3 horses entered      – 4 wristband passes

Thereafter 1 wristband pass per horse up to a maximum of 6 wristband passes

HORSE BOX passes will only be issued to vehicles carrying horses or ponies.

Due to limited parking and health and safety, cars will be requested to park in the FREE CAR PARK!

Sat Nav Post code for showground SO51 9LQ


The Morning Rings have varying start times

The Council Reserve the right to alter the time of any class.

Where a time is given against a class the judging will not start before that time, where no time is given classes will follow on.

Please see Rules for Affiliated classes under General conditions; Horse section

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