Livestock and Horses

Meet the Animals!

Horse and livestock competitions are the backbone of the Aylsham Show. Each year, cattle, horses, sheep and goats compete in hundreds of classes. These competition events are always popular, with both visitors and exhibitors.


Cattle have been part of the Show since 1952 and many of the country’s top handlers took their first steps with a halter in the grassy rings at Blickling Park. For visitors, the cattle rings are a great place to see traditional native breeds including the Lincoln Red and Hereford. The Show also hosts popular young handler’s classes.

Cattle competitions are kindly sponsored by: CT Baker Group, Sworders, Loveday & Partners Limited, Lovewell Blake Chartered Accountants, Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders Association, Mitchell Piling Ltd, Stratton Streles Estates Ltd, Mrs Liz Coxford, Omex Agriculture, Mrs M Wyand, Larking Gowen, C J C Lee (Saxthorpe) Ltd, Heygates Country Feeds, Benbow Fruiterers, Ben Burgess Aylsham, Salle Farms Co, Arnolds Keys LLP, Mairi Child t/as Trevor Child, Papworth Farms Butchers and Graziers, Barratt & Cooke 


Making their Show debut in 1982, sheep classes are now well supported, with competitions for young handlers and sheep dogs, as well as rare and commercial breeds. So if you are a fan of all things woolly, head over to the sheep rings to meet fellow enthusiasts.

Sheep competitions are kindly sponsored by: Dewing Grain Ltd, Scott Sheds Ltd, Mackinnon Construction Ltd, G T Bunning & Sons Ltd, J Medler Ltd, Cooks Electrical Services Ltd, National Trust, Bridget Pearson, H G Blake (Costessey) Ltd, M R Ellis (Timber) Ltd, Bishop & Miller Auctioneers.


Goat competitions are kindly sponsored by: Aylsham Plant Hire Ltd, Fielding Cottage.

Show Horses

The show horse rings are situated close to the lakeside area of the Showground. They have everything from Hunters to Mountain and Moorland ponies, as well as driving classes and fun showing competitions to encourage the next generation. If you have pony mad kids, the horse show rings are a perfect introduction to equines of all shapes and sizes.

Horse showing competitions are kindly sponsored by: Butcher Andrews Solicitors, Savills (UK) Ltd, S & M Supplies (Aylsham ) Ltd, Smith & Pinching, The late Ron and Janet Giblett, Argents Chartered Accountants, Ernest Doe and Sons Ltd, National Pallet Services, Sands Agricultural Machinery Ltd, M + A Partners, James Gray Haulage, AF Group Ltd, M E Ayres and Sons Ltd, B & C Farming Ltd, A G Wilson, Lavenders Blue, Weatherfield Marquee Hire and Event Support, City College Norwich and Easton College and Paston College, H Banham Ltd, Morrissey Builders Ltd, Ivan Fisher Independent Funeral Homes. 


The beautiful parkland setting of Blickling is perfect for spectators to watch local riders competing for coveted trophies and enjoy some exciting jumping competitions. See how young riders start out on ponies and progress to senior competitions.

Showjumping competitions are kindly sponsored by: Just Regional, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Lycetts Insurance Brokers and Financial Services, McNamara Property Norfolk Ltd, Grimme UK Ltd, Bayer CropScience Ltd, Nova Silver, Baggleys Machinery, Ace Communications, Wallace Bars, Witham Group, Aylsham Windows & Conservatories, Oxbury Bank, Edgefield Nurseries, Black Sheep Ltd, J B Postle & Son Ltd, Key Loos, The Saracens Head Wolterton.