Spectacular Arena Entertainment

The Main Arena is at the heart of Royal Three Counties Show, discover family entertainment mixed with livestock and equine competitions. 

Shetland Pony Grand National (Each day)

Take your seat by the main arena and get ready for a high speed dash and blur of coloured silks as we welcome the Shetland Pony Grand National.

The exciting display sees Shetland Ponies and their jockey’s race over miniature steeplechase fences, just like the ones you see on a racecourse.  All the riders are aged 9 - 14 years old and have to be less than 5ft in height.

The Red Devils (Each day weather permitting)

Jumping out of an aeroplane isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but anyone can enjoy the courageous and skilful display put on by the Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, The Red Devils. Free falling at speeds of up to 120mph, with spectacular canopy formations, you’re sure to be wowed by what the team can do. And if the weather holds, you’ll also see the famous swoop landings with trailing smoke – not to be missed. 

One Man and His Dog (Friday & Sunday)

English Champion and three times national champion Dick Roper, shows the incredible connection between a shepherd and his dog in the sheep herding demonstration.

Grand Parade of Livestock

Each day of the show sees a parade of all breeds of animals take to the Main Arena. This is a chance to get a good look at some of the finest livestock in the country. Sunday is a highlight, when rare and minority breeds join the parade. And don’t worry if you’re a livestock novice – commentators will guide you through each of the breeds on display.

Parade of Farm Machinery (Friday & Saturday)

From horses to robots come and see how farming techniques have changed through the ages. We welcome the shire horses from Hook Norton as they showcase how the Dray was used for deliveries, these gentle giants continue to make deliveries for the Hook Norton Brewery today. From horses to vintage machines, discover how machinery has changed over the years as we continue the showcase with vintage tractors to modern day combine-harvesters. 

Livestock Judging

Ever wondered what it takes to have a prize winning cow? Don't miss the Interbreed Beef Championship and Beef Pairs Championship on Saturday, plus the Beef Group of Three on Sunday where our expert commentator will take you through the judging process as we crown the winners.

Inter-Hunt Relay Challenge (Sunday)

Hunt teams go head-to-head in this knock-out competition that tests the courage and skill of horse and rider alike. A tricky course of gates, jumps, and hedges awaits the teams who will battle it out for the top spot. If you appreciate enthralling contests, then this event is for you.

Show Jumping

If you love to watch horses performing at a high level, you’ll love watching the six bar challenge on Saturday.  Competitors jump six fences set in a straight line with an increasing level of difficulty – each fence is higher than the one before it. After every round in which a competitor goes clean, the six fences are raised for each subsequent round until there’s a winner. Gripping stuff.

Stakes are raised as competitors take their turn to jump two fences in the Two Fence Challenge on Friday.  As the jumps are cleared the bars are raised.

Heavy Horse Competitions

Rarely will you see so many enormous gentle giants in one place.  Marvel as they compete in ridden, harnessed and agricultural and trade competitions.  

Carriage Driving

Faced paced slaloms are the name of the game in the Double Harness Scurry Driving on Friday and Saturday.  While Sunday is a little more laid back with the elegant Private Driving using 19th Century carriages.

Hot Air Balloons

At the end of each day, providing the weather behaves, hot air balloons will take to the sky from the festival grounds. A fitting end to a fun-filled day.