The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery stole the show inside the Grand Ring
- Credit: Ian Burt
From fast-paced scurry driving to an impressive display of power by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery - the Grand Ring had it all.
Hundreds of people braved the wet weather to watch an action-packed line-up of racing, showjumping, live music and parade events throughout the day.
But it was the royal horse artillery which stole the show as the 80-strong troop charged into the ring shortly after 2pm.
The mounted unit, which is the Queen's own ceremonial saluting battery, pulled six First World War thirteen pounder guns at high speed.
Both the riders and the horses, which are trained by the troop, demonstrated an incredible amount of discipline as they performed a series of manoeuvres.
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The display finished with a volley from the saluting guns to a round of applause from the crowd.
Bombardier Paul Renton, who regularly visits Fakenham to see his family, said the troop trains all year round in preparation for such parades.
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He added that it takes around a year to 18-months to train the horses, which are brought over from Ireland.
Mr Renton said: 'You have to be switched on and in the zone for an event like this. One moment's lapse of concentration and it could cause a huge catastrophe.
'But it all becomes second nature in the end and you use muscle memory.'
Other highlights of the Grand Ring throughout the day included the heavy horses and show jumping trials. The fast-paced scurry driving also proved popular with the crowds.
However, there was also some disappointment as the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team was forced to call off both of its jumps.
Low cloud cover at around 500ft prevented the nine-man display team from safely parachuting out of their aircraft.
Flight Lieutenant Dave Sellers said cloud cover needed to be above 2,500ft before they could jump.
Despite minor changes to the Grand Ring schedule, visitors were happy with the entertainment on offer.
Tina Conwell, from King's Lynn, said: 'The Royal Artillery was thrilling. To see that many horses with that much power and that much speed was incredible.
'The weather hasn't been great this year, but you can't help that.'