ST8424 : The cross-country jumping arena

taken 7 years ago, near to Motcombe, Dorset, Great Britain

The cross-country jumping arena
The cross-country jumping arena
This arena, at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, was used by the working hunter type horses and ponies. The course is of natural coloured fences/obstacles that a horse would normally be expected to jump while out hunting, there was also a hand gate for the rider to open and close while mounted. The woods in the distance are part of the Motcombe House Plantations, in the middle distance the horse transporters form a sort of mobile livery yard.


The Gillingham Agricultural Society was formed in 1860 with 1862 seeing the formation of the Shaftesbury Farmers Club who made an “application to the Most Hon. Marquess of Westminster for permission to hold the exhibition of flocks in the new market place”. From then on, apart from a break during World War I, the two societies held separate shows until 1930, when after four years of discussion they amalgamated and it became the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show (Gillingham being the older society had the honour of being first in the name). The Show was then held on even numbered years at Gillingham, with odd numbered years in Shaftesbury. This continued, except for the years during World War II, until 1995 when the first show was held on the present Turnpike Showground near Motcombe; the society having purchased 96 acres of land, part of Manor Farm, the previous year. For more information visit the show’s website at LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 21 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Business, Retail, Services  People, Events 
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Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 841 244 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.1414N 2:13.6149W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 841 244
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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