Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park will echo to the thunder of hooves on August 10th and 11th as some of the nation’s top show jumpers converge on the Shrewsbury Flower Show to compete for top points and prizes.
In this, the Show’s 125th year of competitions, the country’s best young riders will also take part in the Pony Club inter-branch challenges joining the ranks of top professional riders, fresh from the Olympics, competing in British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) Grade A and Grade B classes.
Coveted British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) points will be up for grabs during the weekend, together with over £13,000 in cash prizes as international Grade A and B show jumping stars compete in the ‘Whittingham Riddell’ Area Trial, ‘Frank Tanner’ Memorial Cup and ‘Lanyon Bowdler’ Championships as well as the ultimate challenge – the famous ‘Müller Dairy’ Grand Prix, where professional horses and riders will battle it out over five ft. fences for the grand prize
Allison Birtles, partner at Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, will be presenting the prizes to winners of the ‘Lanyon Bowdler’ Championships. A keen horsewoman herself, Allison believes supporting the Shrewsbury Flower Show is an integral part of the firm’s commitment to the local community.
Allison commented: “The show jumping has become synonymous with Shrewsbury Flower Show and it is a very special occasion for all of us. I have my own horses and can understand all the hard work that goes into competing at that level, I feel privileged to be able to present the prizes and get up close to these top horses.
Lanyon Bowdler has sponsored the Championship for the past five years and it is an event well supported by staff. Amanda Jones, Lanyon Bowdler’s marketing manager, is also a Show committee member and works tirelessly in the lead-up to the event.
Amanda said: “I have been on the committee for about three years and, as a Shrewsbury resident, I know what an important event it is to the town and surrounding areas. We work hard all year pulling together the strands that make up the Show and then suddenly it is upon us and hopefully, we then get a chance to sit back and enjoy the occasion.”
Over 60,000 visitors are expected to visit this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show to enjoy the show jumping, along with magnificent floral displays, adrenaline fuelled arena entertainment, live music from award winning Oysterband, fireworks and demonstrations by, celebrity chef, James Martin, and TV gardener, Chris Beardshaw.
To find out more about the show visit www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk or for bookings call 01743 234058.