AFTER a two-year hiatus, competitors are encouraged to get online entries in for this summer’s Northumberland County Show.

From livestock showing classes, horses and ponies, to baking and homecrafts, there are a number of ways people can get involved. The Sage Wealth Management equine section has over a hundred classes to choose from, with eleven Royal International Qualifiers.

This year's show is to take place on Bank Holiday Friday, June 3 at Bywell, near Stocksfield.

Competitor and volunteer Chris Grant explains the appeal of the show: “Last year, I went to some horse shows, but they were behind closed doors with no audience, and no atmosphere.

"I am looking forward to having friends and family cheering on the competitors again, and enjoying catching up with people from all over the country. With the all the crowds, the trade stands, great food and bars, there’s no show like it!”

Chris, who is also secretary of the Dartmoor Pony Society, will be entering on Dunedin McSporran. He added: “Unlike anywhere else, the Northumberland County show has lots of breed societies represented on one day, so I meet friends who ride retired racehorses in the RoR classes; coloured horses in the CHAPS section; show ponies; even heavy and agricultural horses.

"It is a relaxed, sociable place to get together. The stewards are all volunteers and are really friendly, so it is ideal if you’re showing for the first time. For more experienced riders who want to go to progress to the level, there are a range of qualifiers for national championships.”