Shire horses join line-up at Sandringham Game and Country Fair

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The year of the shire horse will be the central theme for this year's Sandringham Game and Country Fair.

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

For the first time since the fair was established 12 years ago, the Shire Horse Society will be joining the fair with displays in the Andy Singleton arena.

Their six horse team is touted to be one of the star attractions and is a fan favourite at the Lord Mayors Show in London.

The charity, which works to protect the shire horse breed, will also have a ringside display compound where there will be more general displays, information and children's workshops.

The shire horse theme continues in the countryside arena where N & J Shires will be displaying their six ridden shires in a musical ride.

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the main ring at The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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Two new displays in this year's arenas are the Jonathan Marshalls Free Spirit Show, a unique display of horsemanship and falconry and the JPS Shetland Pony Racing Team.

The ever popular dog shows will return to the world of dogs arena, including chase the bunny, terrier racing and parade of hounds.

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For those wanting to get a more hands on experience can take part in a number of sports, including clayshooting, airguns and archery in the new shooting village, angling, falconry, and lots of dog competitions and training exercises for both the working dog and family friend.

Shop until you drop could be another theme at the show with the multitude of trade stands around the arenas, the craft village, the food show and the chainsaw carving areas.

Scenes from the Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2015. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2015. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Archant

Dotted around the showground are lots of other attractions, children's entertainments and have-a-go workshops, relaxing food courts and real ale bars.

The event at the Queen's rural retreat has grown year-on-year and now boasts five show arenas which plays host to fun activities for both the family and the countryman.

Previous fairs have seen thousands of countryside enthusiasts flock to the grounds of the royal estate where there is something for everyone.

The fair will be taking place on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, from 10am to 6pm.

The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt

The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

For more information, visit the fair's website here.

The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt

The Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2016. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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