Equine Competitions

Kent County Show plays host to over 100 equine classes across three days, including the prestigious Horse of the Year Show and London International Horse Show qualifiers, where entrants fiercely compete against each other in the hopes of securing a place at these spectacular equine events. The Show’s other ridden and in-hand competitions provide plenty of interesting viewing in the equine rings.

Showjumping

For the thrill seekers out there, the showjumping classes are fast paced and action packed! Taking place in the Astor Ring across all three days, the classes include the National Open Championship, Detling Stakes, Area Trial and once again, the coveted International Trial, bringing top horses and riders from across the country to compete.

Heavy Horse Village

Back for 2024, the much loved Heavy Horse Village! When they’re not taking part in competitions, the heavy horses head back to their straw filled stables to rest. Take a wander through and meet some of these gentle giants, or watch as their owners groom and tack up ready for their next class.

Farrier Competitions

The Show’s purpose-built forge comes to life at the Kent County Show as the farrier competition takes off. Watch expert blacksmiths at work as they forge horseshoes and fit them on their horses. See the farriers in action throughout the day on all three Show days.

Duke the Unicorn

There’s some animal magic in store for the little ones this year as Duke, the real-life unicorn with his rainbow mane and tail, comes to visit the Show.  My Miniature Pony Party will be here helping to create magical memories  with Duke the Unicorn for all three days so come along and meet the team. Duke the Unicorn and friends regularly visit Demelza Children’s Hospice and a number of care homes across Kent.

Mini Horse Heroes

Meet people-loving Dude the Miniature Shetland, and Nero the American Miniature Horse in the Equine Village and hear all about their adventures visiting schools and care homes across Kent.

Displays

Taking place in the Equine Village on all three days are a number of fascinating and informative displays including BHSI Performance Coach Claire Stryzyk and her horse Carlo, Wayne Bushnell on natural horsemanship, Hadlow College’s equine team and much more. Also returning in 2024 is the Open Fancy Dress competition where riders can compete individually, in pairs or as part of a team.

The Bravo Show

Meet Bravo, the little horse that wanted to dance, and the rest of his team in the Equine Village! Don’t miss the chance to get a taster of all the magic of The Bravo Show.