Kimpton Horse Show is an annual show that takes place in Kimpton, Hertfordshire every year at the end of July. It’s a perfect day out for families and people of all ages!
Now in its 74th year, the show will return this July with a jam-packed schedule of showing, show jumping, gymkhana, fancy dress, working hunter classes and much more!
Whether you are planning to come and compete or just to enjoy the atmosphere at one of the few remaining Village Shows in the region, join us for fun and friendly competition – all in aid of raising funds for causes benefiting the lives of local people.
This was the initial vision of the Show’s founder, Mr C. H. Harding, and the spirit of the show has never been lost – to provide fun for all, from the scruffiest little pony to the most smartly turned out show horse!
So make sure you join us on Sunday 29th July 2018 for a day to remember.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
One of our 2018 sponsors, Martin Wilkinson is an ‘independent specialist saddle fitters’.
History of the Kimpton Horse Show
If you’re interested in the full history of the show, take a look at “The Village Gymkhana: A Great British Tradition” in Style Reins Magazine.
Birth & Growth
Now in its 73rd year, the show owes its existence almost entirely to Mr C. H. Harding. He realised, towards the end of World War II with the return of peace, that Kimpton would be in urgent need of a Village Hall as a social centre.
He set up and became the first contributor to fund for this project. A Public Meeting was held, at which it was decided to go ahead with the scheme, after first providing for a tablet in the Church to commemorate the dead of both World Wars.
To increase funds, the first Gymkhana, for which Mr. Harding was almost wholly responsible, was held on a modest scale in 1944. After this initial success, the show has been held annually at different times of the year, including Whit Sunday. It has grown and prospered, eventually settling down to a fixed date on the last Sunday in July.
The late Geoff Harding remembered working on the gate at that first show held on 29th April 1944, during a freezing snow shower, but the British spirit was undaunted. The horses had names like ‘Tuppence’ ‘Betsy’ and ‘Tinker’. The games, Posting the Letter, Bending, and Musical Chairs, were great fun and the lucky numbered programme cost 6d. The prize was worth £1 to the fortunate winner.
The Viscountess Hampden presented the prizes at this, the first social event to take place in the village for some considerable time. It is interesting to picture those baggy jodphured children, parading around the same field as today’s competitors and to contrast those uncertain times with today’s relative ease.