The Royal Highland Showcase in Partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed strong entry figures for its equestrian classes. Almost 2,000 entries have been confirmed across Heavy Horses, Light Horses and Show Jumping for the livestreamed event, taking place at Ingliston from the 14th-20th June.
The equestrian classes will be streamed as part of the ‘behind closed doors’ Showcase, which will welcome exhibitors from across the UK to shine a spotlight on the best of the country’s horses and ponies, with 1,992 entries received overall.
Light Horse entries total 780, with the M&M Under Saddle class leading the way with 117 entries. Other popular classes included M&M Workers (86), Mixed Mountain & Moorland In Hand (81), Working Hunter Ponies (66) and Coloured Under Saddle (48).
297 Heavy Horse entries have been received, with the largest class being Standard Shetlands (60) with Miniature Shetlands close behind (53). Other classes which have seen high entry figures include Clydesdale Females (43), Highland Pony females (38) and Ridden Highlands (37). Heavy Horse Turnouts (10) and Harness Grooming and Decoration (13) will also take place.
Show Jumping classes received 764 entries overall, and the new Arena Event for amateur riders saw 118 entries.
Chief Steward of Heavy Horses, Tom Tennant said:
“It has been brilliant to see the clear enthusiasm of our equestrian competitors reflected in entry numbers for the Royal Highland Showcase this year.
“The Showcase will be a unique chance for viewers from around the world to see our top-class equestrian talent, including Scottish favourites like the Clydesdales, Highlands and Shetlands. The Show Jumping classes especially will be one to watch, as the excitement of the jumping rings is captured live on film for people to watch at home.
“We know it has been a long wait to get their horses and ponies back in the show rings, and are very much looking forward to seeing them back at their best after long months without shows of any kind.”
Viewers can watch all of the action from the show rings for free from 14-20 June at www.royalhighlandshowcase.org.
Full equestrian entry figures
|Clydesdale Young Handler||2|
|Heavy Horse Turnouts||10|
|Harness Grooming & Décor||13|
|Ladies Side Saddle||7|
|Coloureds In Hand||41|
|Coloured under Saddle||48|
|Hunters in Hand||15|
|M & M Workers||86|
|Mixed Mountain & Moorland In Hand||81|
|Anglo Arab & Part Bred In Hand||10|
|Show Hunter Ponies||38|
|Ridden Part Bred||20|
|Show Hunter Pony LR & 1st Pony||7|
|Show Pony Lead Rein & 1st Ridden||8|
|Working Hunter Ponies||66|
|Junior M & M Ridden||41|
|M & M Lead Rein & 1st Ridden||44|
|M&M under saddle||117|