Double The Gate For Second Midlands Fair
Midlands Equine Fair, which took place at the Three Counties Showground
for the second year on 8 and 9 March, has been a resounding success
with more than twice as many people visiting the Fair as came to
it last year.
over 4,300 people came along to experience a wide range of horse-related
entertainment, advice - and shopping. Highlights of the Fair included
international three-day eventer Blyth Tait and four in hand carriage
driving champion, Dick Lane.
welfare was high on the Fair's agenda, and presentations by the
Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre (which brought along former racehorses
Jolly Jester and Rebel), the International League for the Protection
of Horses (the ILPH) and the Brackenhill Stud (which specialises
in the natural rearing of horses) all helped to bring this message
four in hand carriage driving champion Dick Lane thrills the crowds
at the Midlands Equine Fair.
did well at the Fair. John Channon from the ILPH commented: "This
was a good Fair, and when taken as part of Contour Exhibitions'
other Equine Fairs in the South West, the North and Scotland is
very successful for us, both in terms of awareness and fundraising."
The Shelter for Horses and Donkeys in the Holy Land (SHADHL) also
found the Fair to be useful. This was the first equestrian event
the charity has used for promotional purposes, and the pre-Fair
publicity combined with the numbers of visitors who made a donation
have helped the charity to carry on for another period and resulted
in still more patrons adopting donkeys.
are always given for the best trade stands at the Fair. The first
prize went to Abigail Lloyd-Williams at Sporthorse International,
a business that specialises in premium quality saddlery and riding
wear for leisure and competition. The runner-up prize went to Badminton
Turner, managing director of Contour Exhibitions, commented: "The
second year in an exhibition's life is vital to its future success.
We are delighted that more than twice as many people visited the
Midlands Equine Fair this year as compared with last, and we would
like to thank all those visitors for their support. Thanks must
also go to the many equine professionals, breed societies, charities
and trade stand exhibitors whose help allowed us to make this Fair
such a success."
equestrian events from the Contour 'stable' include: Equestrian
Business Midlands, The International Centre, Telford, 12 and 13
October 2003; the Southern Equine Fair, the Royal Bath & West
Showground, Shepton Mallet, 25 and 26 October; the Devon and Cornwall
Equine Fair at Westpoint, Exeter, 22 and 23 November; the North
of England Equine Fair, the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate,
29 and 30 November; and the Scottish Christmas Equine Fair, Royal
Highland Exhibition Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, 6 and 7 December.
Midlands Equine Fair returns to the Three Counties Showground on
13 and 14 March 2004.
advance booking and trade stand information for all these Fairs
are available by calling 01884 841644 or visiting www.contour.uk.net.