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Exford Show takes place in a spectacular setting in the centre of Exmoor. It show cases the
best of local horses, Exmoor ponies and sheep as well as a wonderful array of proper rural
crafts and local businesses. All are welcome.

Top 12 things to see and do at Exford Show…

  • 1. Dog Show
  • 2. Stag Horn Show
  • 3. Parade of Hounds
  • 4. Exmoor Pony Show
  • 5. Craft Tent
  • 6. Gymkhana
  • 7. Styles Ice-Cream
  • 8. Inter Hunt Relay
  • 9. Sheep Show
  • 10. Show Jumping
  • 11. Trade Stands
  • 12. Heavy Horse Display


A variety of pedigree and non-pedigree classes with something for everyone.


Competition for the best stag horns. Collected by avid locals as they are shed naturally from Exmoor’s finest red deer each year.


The Devon and Somerset Staghounds parade in the Main Ring. Come and meet these fantastic and friendly hounds up close!


Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed which roam wild across Exmoor. Exford Show hosts the best of these in a championship show.


Set up in the centre of the showgound, our Rural Craft tent has some truly special and bespoke crafts.


The finest Devon Closewool and Exmoor Horn sheep from Exmoor. Drop by and meet the sheep and their breeders


The Devon & Somerset Pony Club are hosting a great range of show jumping classes.


Fast, furious and fun. This is a knock-out competition with teams of riders and runners over a variety of obstacles. Not to be missed.

Jonathan Waterer – Heavy Horses Display

For the last 40 years, Jonathan has taken horses and ponies in for training. All breeds, types and sizes have passed through his hands, from Shetlands to Shires , driving singly, as a pair or as part of bigger teams. He has travelled to such places as Israel, Turkey and France training horses for certain projects.

Some horses have been completely untouched on arrival whereas others only need a little progress in certain areas or refining. Jonathan is fortunate to be able to use his horses in agricultural work, and on the roads and can slot young horses in with hs to give them a great experience.

The young horses see plenty of traffic and agricultural vehicles whilst they are here although we are in a very rural situation.

Jonathan believes in developing a very strong bond of mutual trust between him and the horse. This is started when handling the young horses in the horse barn and then when the harness is put on acceptance of this is not a problem. During further training the trust develops further with long reining on the road and other experiences. Finally, the bond is confirmed when the young horse is hitched up with one of his older horses to give the young horse confidence in his work.

Jonathan works hard to obtain a light mouth in all his horses. The importance of a light mouth is imperative in any horse but especially in a driving horse because verbal communication and good hands are the two most important aids when driving for a perfect performance.

When leaving, the horse will be confident as a single or part of a team and will work in chains, in shafts or on a pole. Jonathan can also back them to ride if required.