Stanhope Show is an agricultural and equestrian show held on the second weekend of September at Unthank Farm, just the other side of the river from Stanhope village in Weardale, County Durham. Last year I went for the first time and this year I managed to make it for the Saturday. Sadly, our public transport system has been ravaged by Government cuts so with no Sunday bus service I could not make the Sunday this year (yes, there is a heritage train, but the connections were awful).
It’s a small show, but the surroundings are to die for, and there’s a fun fair in the evening if you like that sort of thing. Our entertainment this year came from Stallions of Substance and Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Team. There was poetry in that both displays consisted of two riders showing off their mounts and their skills. Stallions of Substance showed off their circus tricks and dressage moves. Bolddog Lings treated us to jaw-dropping freestyle mid air stunts.
There was show ring action from the showjumping and Welsh in hand, and the day ended with Sulky racing.