Equine Competitions

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


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 2023, 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 brightly coloured mane and tail, comes to visit the Show.  Duke will be here for all three days so come and find him for a cuddle and to have your photo taken with this magical mythical creature!

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.


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. New to the Equine Village for 2023 is the Open Fancy Dress competition where riders can compete individually, in pairs or as part of a team.