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09:20 am to 09:25 am
09:25 am to 10:10 am
Lurchers had the reputation of being poachers' dogs and "untrained killers” but have now become recognised as respected members of the field sports fraternity. They are often used for pest control, mostly on rabbits and are a purpose-bred crossbreed. Very biddable and making excellent pets they quite happy to live alongside other animals in the family home, providing they have been properly trained. This very popular event is great fun to watch.
Anyone can enter their Lurcher/Longdog for the Simulated Coursing; in fact any breed is welcome. Entry is at the Main Ring near the Control Bus from 9.15am
14:30 pm to 14:40 pm
Drones are becoming more and more prevalent in this modern age. New legislation has been put in place so they are used responsibly. Whilst giving us a bird’s eye view of the area drones also have a place in the agricultural world - from checking on stock, fencing and crops to following poachers. There will also be the possibility of having a supervised go at flying a drone on the Clifton Cameras stand.
14:40 pm to 15:20 pm
A spectacular demonstration of horsemanship from Horse Master Ben Atkinson and his Team. His father Mark has been training horses and riders for over twenty years for Film, TV and Live Events and Ben learnt to ride as he learnt to walk. His highly trained horses will demonstrate every form of stunt you can think of and then some more and if they can’t do it - it probably isn’t worth doing. These horses have recently been seen in Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders and a whole range of well known action movies. This is a great opportunity to see the great relationship between horse and rider and what hours of dedicated training can achieve – perhaps we should add “don’t try this at home!” An absolute “must” to watch.
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
One of the most exciting Main Ring events, the relay is hugely popular. As usual, teams from across the West Country and South Wales compete against each other and against the clock in order to gain one of the four places in the finals. Seriously competitive high speed galloping and jumping horses along with human powered wheelbarrows; it really does make for heart thumping moments – especially for the organisers!! The excitement is electric during the relay so come and watch this thrilling event.
12:45 pm to 13:15 pm
Despite the Government's ban on Hunting with Hounds, hunts throughout the country continue to keep within the law and meet regularly during the season to exercise their hounds and horses. We are very pleased to welcome the following splendid packs:
Cotswold Vale Foxhounds
Devon & Somerset Staghounds
Leadon Vale Basset Hounds
Severn Vale Beagles
The Deerhound Club
Three Counties Mink Hounds
13:15 pm to 13:35 pm
The four final teams will be competing for the trophy. This is always a very hard fought finale. No-one gives way and each team intends to win!
13:50 pm to 14:30 pm
In 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington started converting some of his light dragoons into Lancer regiments to counter the Polish lancers in Napoleon’s Grande Armee.
By mid Victorian times cavalrymen of the British regiments were stationed in India, which included the land on the North West Frontier later to become Pakistan. They would train back in camp on tent pegs driven into the ground, for Skill at Arms practice and for Military Tattoos.
To commemorate 1915, the skilful art of Tent Pegging will be demonstrated this year
in WW1 Cavalry khaki, by teams from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, the Countess of
Mountbatten's Own Frontiersmen and the Royal Logistic Corps. We are also delighted to welcome back representatives from Pakistan demonstrating their zest for this traditional sport which is so important to their cultural past.
15:20 pm to 15:50 pm
We are delighted to welcome Hawkeye UK back to Frampton this year after his excellent debut in 2015, fronted by Alistair Leese, bringing the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age. The breathtaking and far reaching display contains a unique mix of raptors. Watch as the Mexican Harris Hawks love to perform their range of skills and at times two or more are flown together. The Peregrine Falcons can reach speeds of up to 242mph whilst the Icelandic Gyr Falcon gains heights of up to 1000ft above the crowd returning to earth with a dramatic swoop. It is also an opportunity to see British Barn Owls, including the rare Black Barn Owl fly silently together to children and adults in the ring. The friendly but determined little Kestrel will also be flown and last but not least…the Turkmenian Eagle Owl, with its huge 6ft wingspan will spellbind you as she glides effortlessly over the crowd in a fantastic opportunity to see this beautiful bird at close quarters. Alistair will also be demonstrating his birds in the Countryside Ring at 10.50am. He has a stand in the Living Working Countryside area where you can go and see the birds and talk to the team.
15:50 pm to 16:05 pm
Parachutists from Jump4Heroes are helping to raise money for the Royal British Legion. In 2015 nearly £2,000 was given by our visitors buying “beer mats” for £1.00 each (or more if you wish). Let’s beat that this year! All you have to do is put your details on the back of a mat and it will be placed into a bucket in the Main Ring. After landing each man will pick some mats from the bucket and the person that bought that mat will win a prize! ALL the proceeds from the sale of the beer mats will be given to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Buy a mat throughout the day from cadets and veterans and other volunteers all around the Showground or from the British Legion stand on the Main Ring.
There is more information about the excellent work they do to support all veterans, old and new and their families on page …..GWP ADD PAGE NUMBER OF Royal British Legion info here.
The prizes so far this year are:
2 Framed Prints – Taylor Made Frames (stand in the Craft tent)
Bears 4 Heroes Certificated & Jump Trained Individual Teddy Bear – This bear will jump with the team today
Family Ticket, Tour & Guide Book - Berkeley Castle
Family Ticket to 2017 Circus - Gifford’s Circus
Jewellery – Diana Ingram Jewellery (stand in the Craft Marquee
Monster Christmas Pudding (serves 18!) – Georgie Porgies Puddings
This event is also sponsored by L2 Professinal Services
16:05 pm to 16:35 pm
Unique to Frampton Country Fair The Bale Push is a test of strength and stamina against the clock. Each team will have to negotiate an obstacle course, along the full length of the 120m ring pushing an enormous silage bale – trust me they are very heavy and difficult to manoeuvre. The two teams in the final will have to do it all over again but this time three-legged! Last year’s winning team return to defend their champion status. The teams competing in this feat of endurance and determination are Anchors Aweigh, Carmichael’s Crusaders, The Bears and Smiths (Gloucester).
Once again Roger Godwin has kindly agreed to officiate and to encourage our teams to keep to the rules! The Wild Cider Company are generously providing the team prizes (they have a stand in the Country Kitchen Marquee).
16:35 pm to 17:05 pm
The Cotswold Cart Horse Society has been attending Frampton Country Fair for many years. The Prize-winners from this year’s Annual Show are displayed in the Main Ring and the Jim Wiggett Cup for the best entry from a CCHS member will be presented during the parade. These beautiful and magnificent animals really look stunning. Do go over to the Heavy Horse Ring in the North end of the Showground to see the entrants in all their finery throughout the day. Their Annual Show starts at 11.00am. The Carthorses will also be in the Countryside Ring at 12.40pm telling you all about the breeds and the work they still and used to do.
17:05 pm to 18:00 pm
A hugely popular event, rounding off an action-packed day in the Main Ring. A series of heats leads to the grand final. This is highly entertaining as the Terriers are often distracted by each other and the “Hare” becomes secondary, frequently leading to chaos! Anyone can enter their Terrier today.