Attractions & displays

The Chatsworth International Horse Trials provides more than just world-class eventing; explore our attractions and displays below as well as our shopping village. Please be aware that the below entertainment is on Saturday and Sunday only.

Have a Go Agility & Family Fun Dog Show

Your dog will love flying over jumps, racing through tunnels, up and over ‘A’ Frames and negotiating in and out of weave poles in this fun agility activity.

Our expert agility team will be on hand to point you and your canine ‘best friend’ in the right direction. It really is a great opportunity to ‘have a go’ at this dog sport.

Why not come and ‘have a go’ at a show class? Registration is on the day. Our categories this year are:

  • Most Handsome Dog
  • Prettiest Bitch
  • Best Rescue
  • Best Veteran
  • Best Child Handler 7 – 12 years
  • Best in Show

Paws For Thought Dog Display Team

The Team run by ex Police dog handler Stuart Brace provides informal entertainment which encourages crowd involvement by way of tricks and games some of which children and adults can participate in; encapsulating the belief that all dog owners should be responsible for their pets and real fun can be had training a dog, whatever the breed.

Paws For Thought have appeared at many prestigious events including; Crufts, Britain’s Got Talent, Alan Titmarsh Show, Royal Welsh, Three Counties, Royal Bath & West Show and Who Let The Dogs Out.

Mullenscote Gun Dog Display

Howard Kirby is the Brand Ambassador for Chudleys and owner of the Mullenscote Gun Dog Training Centre in Hampshire, Howard and the Mullenscote Team will provide an educational yet fun show which incorporates various training methods, human and dog psychology and will demonstrate with dogs of varying breeds and ages from a puppy to fully trained dogs.

Circus skills workshop - Saturday & Sunday

Learn how to juggle balls and clubs, diablos and devil sticks, master olympic ribbons and cups and balls. Walk on cup or fun stilts and pedal-gos, spin a plate or a rope or hula hoop.

Parents and children, grandparents, teens and toddlers; everyone is welcome to come and play.

Hound Parade - Sunday 14th May

Parade of Hounds from local Hunt packs,  The High Peak & The Barlow

Pony Club Mounted Games - Sunday 14th May

The Pony Club Mounted Games were started over 40 years ago by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince Phillip Cup, in collaboration with the Pony Club. The Mounted Games is a team competition requiring courage, determination and all-round riding ability on the part of the team members, as well as careful systematic training of their ponies.

The Senior Teams you see competing at Chatsworth are likely to be competing at their Area competitions, from which winners reach the final at the Horse of the Year where they compete for the Prince Phillip Cup.

Pony Club Team Show Jumping - Sunday 14th May

The competition will be run in the Chatsworth Arena in accordance with The Pony Club Show Jumping Rules 2017. Each team will consist of 3 or 4 members, none of whom have reached their 21st Birthday by the day of the competition. 

3 scores to count per team.  All members of each team will jump consecutively.  1 round to be jumped by each team member.  Team members will jump in order as per the entry form. Each team will jump the course once and the winning team will be the one who has the least number of faults, with the best three scores in each team to count

In the event of equality of faults there will be a jump-off over a shortened course in which the whole team will participate.   This will be against the clock.

Class 1: 80cm -
Class 2: 1m

British Scurry and Trials Driving

Ponies and their drivers tackle an obstacle course which is made from cones, temporary barriers, flags, arches and ramps all against the clock. All competitors must be registered with the BSTD and may drive their ponies as a single, pair, tandem or team or any sort of multiple. The competitions are family friendly and the rules are easy to follow. Watch miniature ponies take on large cob ponies and single ponies are pitted against multiples.

Sheep Show

Appearing at over 120 shows a year in front of an estimated 2.5 million people, this unique show has captured the hearts and attention of many. New Zealander Richard Savory and his presenters Stuart and Warren entertain and educate with their fantastic sheep all over the country.

Nobby, the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums, all to their own theme tunes. Learn about each breed’s attributes and how wool from the sheep’s back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration will have the audience captivated. However, the highlight will be the 'Sheep Show Hustle' or dancing sheep! 

UK Rescue Bears

Be thrilled by the sight of a very special group of canine lifesavers at the horse trials this year - the UK Rescue Bears, the National Newfoundland Display Team, will be on display with their Newfoundland dogs.

Newfoundlands were originally bred as a water rescue dog. Originally from Newfoundland they would act as a lifeguard for vessels out at sea and also be used to haul fishing nets and carts. With a typical body weight of around 75-90 kilos, a double waterproof coat and a full set of webbed feet, they are designed to glide through the water with minimal effort. History is full of amazing stories about Newfoundlands who have saved the lives of people drowning.

Come and meet the dogs, have your photo taken with them and even a quick bear hug with one of these friendly companions.

Ye Old Red Tail Falconry

Bringing the ancient art of Falconry into the modern age, with a fast and exciting display, that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. Ray and Wendy Alliker take the wonderful world of nature and, expertly, deliver it into the arena – giving the audience a chance to see the natural abilities of the birds, how they live, fly and hunt in the wild, combined with atmospheric music, costumes and a captivating commentary by one of Falconry’s most colourful characters.

Children's entertainment

From facepainting to mini Land Rovers to a giant bouncy castle, there is something for all children and those young at heart.