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Horse and agricultural showing go digital

It might be that all of the horse and agricultural shows that would normally be taking place at this time of year have been cancelled or postponed, but an innovative online competition has been launched to enable passionate horse showing enthusiasts to continue to compete.

Natalie Hadfield from Cornwall-based Showingscene.com, an online equine and agricultural show entry platform used by events across the UK, made the decision to create a virtual horse show to help alleviate the disappointment among competitors as a result of the widespread disruption to the showing season.

A keen equine and agricultural show competitor herself, Natalie said:

“We made the decision to change the Showingscene.com to accommodate virtual shows as our attempt to try and keep the showing community in good spirits with shows not currently able to run.”

The system can be used by shows and events who might wish to run virtual competitive elements of their show if they have had to cancel their event.

“The idea to make it quick and easy for competitors to enter shows and event organisers to run is the ethos of our businesses,” added Natalie. “I decided to run our first virtual show to ensure it works slickly for everyone. Our main aim is to keep the equine and rural community positive in these very strange times.

“The facility can be used for any type of event and will also work for other competitive elements from agricultural shows, from livestock to flower arranging. We would love to encourage the whole agricultural community to be involved if we can.”

The inaugural Showingscene.com virtual horse show offers a range of in-hand and ridden classes and if entries numbers permit classes will be split out further.

Kevin Lee from Lancashire will be judging the competition’s entries, he is an experienced judge and horse producer.

“There is everything from young stock in hand M&M to open ridden, we are not asking competitors to wear show gear but competitors must ensure that hats, body protectors and they adhere to all safety measures.”

You can learn more and enter the Showingscene.com virtual show at www.showingscene.com entrants will need to upload two pictures and a short video. Entries close on Monday 20th April at 5pm.

Horse or agricultural show organisers interested in holding their show virtually can find out more by calling 01872 672446 or email: support@showingscene.com.

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Please do let me know if you’d like any further information or contact Natalie Hadfield on 01872 672446.

Please also find a selection of relevant high res images here Showingscene images  Credit: Tower Photography