New Forest Show - Metropolitan Mounted Police star attraction

Timeless, ageless, New Forest Show and new attractions for all ages

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Timeless yet continually moving with the times, that’s the ever popular 3 day New Forest & Hampshire County Show, this year Tues 26, Wed 27 and Thurs 28 July at New Park Brockenhurst.


From the new for 2016 mounted police display and "wellywanging" (record breaking attempt for most wellington boots thrown simultaneously!) to 100s of trade stands,metropolitan mounted police have to be seen from hands on farmyard experience and holding cuddly chicks to Circus workshops, sheep dancing to music and the world famous Musical Drive. And that's just a tiny selection. There really is something for everybody.

The weather seems to be set fair, excitement on the part of all those involved is mounting!

If you haven’t already bought your tickets there’s a 5% discount off “on the gate” prices if you buy your tickets online at

New for 2016 - Metropolitan Mounted Police

This year the big attraction is the Metropolitan Mounted Police who’ll be performing their world famous Activity Ride twice each day in the Hoburn East Ring, demonstrating complete trust between each horse and rider as they jump through rings of fire and complete breathtakingly fast crossovers.  It's just got to be seen!


Supporting the Countryside

The theme of this year’s Show is Supporting the Countryside – encouraging people to get involved in a wide variety of countryside related activities across the showground - from machinery to livestock to managing the working forest.

Supporting the countryside is supporting the forest, which Sally Fear’s beautiful new book brings to life.


Crown Keepers of the New Forest

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Sally Fear is a local author whose previous fame was her wonderful book “New Forest Drift” about the importance and work of the New Forest commoners, Agisters and Verderers. Six years’ work in the making her new book is Crown Keepers of the New Forest, with more than 300 colour photographs, illustrating the way of life of the New Forest Keepers – guardians of our forest for nearly a thousand years. Nobody has ever written a book on this subject before and it is gathering momentum.

 roe doe in summer


As she says: “Modern photographs of an ancient landscape show a deep-rooted attachment to place. They portray a way of life that is little noticed by most and yet has profoundly shaped history, and will continue to do so.”


buzzard chick in the new forest


Sally will be signing copies of her book all 3 days of the Show.


Agister at Work

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Robert Maton is one of the five Agisters of the New Forest, all with a fantastic working knowledge of the Forest and its animals grazing freely. They each have an allocated area and are responsible for over-seeing all aspects of the ponies on the Forest. This includes dealing with the gruesome results of never ending road accidents – one of the less pleasant aspects of their work. Remember that when you’re driving across the forest especially at night, and also in daylight when animals are near the road – they are all unpredictable but none more so than the captivating foals.


Ringwood Brewery has a new Trainee

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The Ringwood Brewery Heavy Horse Musical Drive has always been a special highlight of our days at the Show, for as long as I can remember - it brings spontaneous tears to the eyes, it's so magical, uplifting and emotional at the same time.


Sadly this year the Musical Drive takes place without the Ringwood Brewery pair.


Springmore Monty, now aged 15 and standing majestically at 19 hands high, has lost his long serving trusty partner Fred - who did however live to a ripe age of mid twenties.


The good news is Hercules Bonfire (pictured) was born on 30 May 2015 and has now arrived at Ringwood. He is already in training to succeed Fred.


Meanwhile Monty will be pulling a Lady’s Cart at the Show - so you can say hello to him too.



Enjoy the Show!


July 2016


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