The Society welcomes Lisette Taylor, who has a wealth of experience in the sector, who has been appointed light horse secretary for the 139th Derbyshire County Show.

Lisette has streamlined the event for 2019 with more affiliated classes on offer to competitors. She is working hard on bringing in some of the UK’s top judges and believes that they are key to running a successful event.

“A lot of hard work goes into organising county shows,” she said, “there is so much to organise; the schedule, booking judges, organising rosettes.

“Keeping the judges happy, though, is very, very important. If they’re happy, then you can have a successful show.”

Private Driving – Carriage Driving – Derbyshire County Show is very proud that we have a magnificent entry of private driving competitors each year with several classes being held. These consist of the DAHS Private Driving Class Mixed Heights, which is open to horses and ponies, 4 years old or over, driven to a traditional type vehicle. A traditional vehicle is an identifiable type to resemble the design of a carriage built prior to the First World War. The vehicle may be made from modern materials but must have traditional style springing and carriage lamps. Pneumatic tyred vehicles, trade turnouts and show wagons are not eligible.

The DAHS Pleasure Driving Class Mixed Heights – Open to horses and ponies, 4 years old or over. A single, pair or tandem driven to a carriage lamps need not be carried.

Judging will include general cleanliness, safety of turnout, correct fitting of harness and vehicle suitability.

We then come to the DAHS Light Trade Turnout Class Mixed Heights – Open to horses and ponies, 4 years old or over, singles and pairs to a traditional or traditional type trade vehicle. No goods to be carried or displayed.  A small sample load may be carried on a coster turnout only. The DAHS Exercise Vehicle Class Mixed Heights – Open to horses & ponies, 4 years old or over.

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A single, pair or tandem driven to a carriage of non-traditional type design and includes those with pneumatic tyres specifically designed for carriages (i.e. not car tyres). Lamps need not be carried. Judging will include general cleanliness, safety of turnout, correct fitting of harness and vehicle suitability.

The final class in this section is the DAHS Concours D’ Elegance Driving – which is open to all and is judged by a guest judge, on the overall perception of the elegance and artistic interpretation of the exhibit. Why not see if you can judge who will win this class?
The Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Final shows the pure timing and elegance of this picturesque class, presented by both horse and rider and is a wonderful sight to behold.

Within the Light Horse Section we have a variety of horses and ponies from the tiny Shetlands to the gallant Ridden Hunters. There are all types of breeds ranging from Arabs to Mountain and Moorland, Palominos to Welsh ponies. Visit the Light Horse area at the Show and see the beautifully turned out horses whose owners and riders have spent so much time preparing for the event.

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The ever popular Showjumping will once again be part of the show. There are several classes which involve jumps of various heights and this year we have a National Team Jumping round.

As you will see we have horses of all sizes including Heavy Horse Turnouts which is a horse in harness pulling a vehicle, farming machine or implement. Up until the introduction of the mobile engine, all road transport was pulled by horses – milk floats, bread vans, removal vans and the like. Also within the Shire Section is a Young Handlers Class for people between the ages of 12 and 18 – Go along and give your support to the next generation looking after these magnificent animals.