The origins of the Warrington Horse Show go back to the late 1880's. A schedule for the 1927 Show tells us it was held at Walton Park near Warrington with Sir Gilbert Greenall as president. It was run by the Warrington Agricultural Society as a tradesman's event for them to show their working horses and cattle but there were showing classes for Hunters and Ponies and a Jumping class with a first prize of £20! An enormous sum of money for those days.
In 1946 the Show was resumed after WWII as the Warrington Horse Show and remained at Walton Park until complaints from the new Crematorium built there forced the show to move to RAF Burtonwood in the late 70's. Development oft hat site (now Gemini Shopping area in Warrington) saw another move, back to the patronage of the Greenall family, to Daresbury. The show was held there very successfully until 2012 when a change of land ownership lead to the establishment of a new venue in 2013, here at Tabley Park.
Warrington Horse Show attracts leading names in the Showing and Show Jumping world. Robert Walker, Geoff Billington, Keith Shore and members of the Whittaker family have been regular visitors in recent years. Some surprising names have also competed. In 1991 a young Jemima Goldsmith (now Jemima Kahn) competed on Lady Annabel Goldsmith's horse in the Hack classes. I'm sure it was an experience she remember fondly!
Times have changed - we no longer raffle a pony; there are ladies on the organising committee! But the tradition of the Show has continued: great equestrian competition in a grass field, with lots of fun to be had for all visitors.
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