Extra thrills in store at Wayland

This Sunday one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar takes place near Watton, bringing together all the best of the countryside in East Anglia.

The Wayland Show is always a fun and spectacular show for visitors and competitors alike and this year the horse section really comes of age. New this year to Wayland is the Norfolk Working Hunter Challenge with �180 prize money sponsored by Bearts of Stowbridge. Stephanie Soskin, an ex-international show jumper and National Working Hunter competitor, has designed a totally original course to put a smile on everyone's faces with some exciting feature fences planned.

It is sure to be a great competition for all ponies and horses, particularly those that love hunting and cross-country. Highlights of some of the new classes include the Equimax Racehorse qualifiers for Royal Windsor and Hickstead, the FJ Lucas in-Hand Champion and the Nags Essentials Ridden Champion. All will then compete for The Horse Championship trophy and a �50 first prize sponsored by EQ Life, the region's newest equestrian magazine. All the champions will join the Grand Parade in the main ring. The winner will qualify for Wayland Show's unique inter-section championship, where the equestrian champion is pitted against the champion pig, sheep, cattle and bird for a �250 first prize and silver salver. All classes and the champions will receive prize money this year and there are many trophies to be won. If that is not enough of an attraction your entry will go directly to help support local charities plus of course it is a wonderful day out for all the family at a real traditional country show. Entries can be made on the day. The schedule is available on line at www.waylandshow.com

• A one-day pony club event is being staged at Dades Farm, Barnham Broom, NR9 4BT, next Tuesday. There will be two height classes – 55cm approx and 75cm approx – and the event is open to all Pony Club members. Entries will close tomorrow afternoon. For details contact Mrs Jo Gowing on 01508 571077 or 07990 595466.

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