Black horse delights the crowds at new show

DORSET’s newest outdoor event, the Spring Countryside Show, at the Turnpike Showground near Motcombe, was a big hit and a 2023 show is already being planned.

Around 12,000 people attended the two-day show, which was organised by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show team, showcasing rural life and crafts as well as featuring live music, steam engines and classic cars.

Show secretary and event organiser James Cox said: “We are over the moon with the responses to the Spring Countryside Show. We set out on this venture back in the autumn and never expected it to gain the momentum it has.

“We were joined by so many craft producers, local traders and skilled rural individuals. The feedback on social media has been incredible.”

A major highlight of the day was horseback falconry in the Jonathan Marshall Free Spirits Show. This featured the black horse, famous in the Lloyds Bank adverts, and an incredible stunt of a falcon flying between the horse’s legs, which had the crowd mesmerised.

Pictured: Jonathan Marshall with the famous black horse, and a watching falcon.