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Growing Messingham Show requires new layout

This year’s 112th Show will see a brand-new layout to accommodate the growing public attendance. We’ve ensured the safe separation of horses from the viewing public and put in place solid safety barriers.

You’ll see from the new layout the separation of vehicles, horses and people. We believe it will enhance the experience for all people attending the Show.

As a result of the new layout, we have regrettably this year postponed some horse classes. We will concentrate on British show jumping, gymkhana games and mounted fancy dress.   

It was a difficult decision to take because of the limited opportunity to test the revised layout. And to ensure health and safety remains a priority.

The postponement will allow the Show Committee to evaluate the new layout and determine whether it works. We hopefully can reinstate the postponed classes at future shows.

We appreciate this may be a disappointment to competitors of the postponed classes, but hope you can support this new approach. We’re planning to secure the Show’s future by making these changes.

A new ‘horse free’ dedicated display ring has been created due to popular demand. It will see the return of Lamb National sheep racing and accommodate local groups giving displays throughout the day.

Fun in the sun – 111th Messingham Show

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Thousands of people enjoyed fun in the sun at this year’s 111th Messingham Show.

The Show as ever focuses on horse events and show  jumping, but there was lots of other activities to entertain families and show goers. This year it included the Lamb National sheep racing display making its first appearance in Lincolnshire. MHFS 2016 AC PHONE IMG_20160605_112153Visiting the show ground there was plenty of activities to get involved in. From beating Scunny Bunny at penalties, hook a duck challenges, toy and craft stalls, Dowse fun fairs, a beer tent, Barnetby band, Ancholme River Jazz band, charity tents and Humberside’s finest rescue services and armed forces vehicles.

Another long-standing show attraction is one of the large collection of classic cars assembled and the support of local motor clubs, like Ford and VW.

Messingham Show Secretary, Stephen Coulman said:

“Huge crowds gathered on Sunday 5 June as to what looked like another record MHFS 2016 ACPHONE IMAG3240year. We were fortunate just like last year to have clear blue skies and wall to wall sunshine. Show goers and families turned out to have loads of fun in the sun. We absolutely loved the sheep racing display which was good humoured and great entertainment. It was also great to see the family Harsco sponsored grand stand put to good use providing a good view in the shade.

“As always the Committee are keen to hear feedback on the day and will be assessing how we can make improvements. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are the best way to send us any comments about the show or email mhfs@gmail.comMHFS 2016 DSC_0204

“Finally, I would like to thank the Show Committee, Judges, Sponsors and Show day volunteers who all helped – all unsung heroes. With their continued support we are able to keep the Show tradition going into its 112th on 4 June 2017.”





*Photos: Baron Halpenny and Karen Tracey


Response to cancelling the Ruby Twirlstars

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5 June: Messingham Show response to cancelling the Ruby Twirlstars

We appreciate for many years the Messingham Show and Ruby Twirlstars have enjoyed a mutually enjoyable slot in the Show schedule. This year’s equine entries exceeded those we have ever had before.

Due to the number of horses entered into the classes the Show was running 90 minutes behind schedule. We tried to move the Ruby Twirlstars into an alternative show ring, but again due to the amount of entries this was not possible.

We then made the unwelcome decision to cancel the Ruby Twirlstars performance. The Show Secretary explained this in person to the Ruby Twirlstars children and parents. We understand this was disappointing for the children as they have worked hard to prepare for their performance.

Unfortunately, due to the strong sunshine and temperatures on the show ground some horses may potentially have found themselves dehydrated and over-heated. Horses cannot regulate their body temperatures as efficiently as humans and also horses often will not drink away from home. The decision to carry on running through with the horse classes was based on their welfare.



*Photos: Baron Halpenny and Karen Tracey

Thank you to our sponsors 2016

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The Messingham Show Committee is grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their generous contributions to upwards of £4,000.

Mr. Crossman £60                                      Mr. & Mrs. P Skinner £100

Mr. Barker £30                                              Mr. & Mrs. Marshall £50

Sword Construction £100                     Paul’s Music £50

Thomas Bell £50                                          Mr. & Mrs. Skinner £100

Jack Tighe £25                                              Messingham Car Care £50

John Cooper £150                                     Hornsby Estate Agents £150

DDM Agriculture £125                           Martin & Sue Fisher £65

Derek Hunt Britcon £150                      J Gorman £150

Messingham Sands £100                       Mr. M Prendergast £75

Mr. Simpson £100                                       HARSCO Metals £1,000

Mr. & Mrs Swaby £100                             Mr.Riley £130

Mr. & Mrs. R Todd £50                              Mrs. Hornsby £100

Naylor’s Funeral Directors £150       Symes Bains Broomer £100

Ashby Road Vets £50                               RBM Agriculture £50

Mr. Hindley £30                                           Dave Coats £35

Beetenson & Gibbons £300                 SIBELCO (Messingham Quarries) £500

Mr. & Mrs. Thompson Matthews £30        Bob Woollin £200

Mr. & Mrs. A Holmes £50                       Wendy Brader £25

W A Betts Jewellers £50                        C Rands £25

Mr. & Mrs. Simpson £70                         Barrington’s £50

Roger & Yvonne Houghton £45        Mrs. Cannon Grange Park £100

Mr. N Hornsby (Coaches) £200

Bells Waste Services for providing on-site waste containers and waste disposal free of charge.

Owen Bowness for undertaking the electrical work.

Rase Veterinary Practice for providing on-site cover.

R&E Aggregates who sponsored the classic car classes today.

Scunthorpe & District Pony Owners Club for providing stakes and tape.

Show transport provided by Barry Ross, Mick Woombell and Jed Hallam – unsung heroes

News release 25 May 2016: Messingham Show returns on 5 June

Sheep jumping

This year’s 111th Messingham Show takes place on Sunday 5 June at Holme Meadow, Holme Lane, in Messingham.

In 2015, we saw a fantastic attendance of 5,000-7,000 people see children’s rides, vintage and classic cars, trade stands and local Barnetby Silver band perform. We offer prize money of up to £2,250 is available for those competing in the horse and foal show.

Messingham Horse and Foal Show Society Secretary, Stephen Coulman said:

“Last year the sun shone and families turned out to what was one of the best attended shows ever. Along with the traditional show jumping and beautiful shire horses we have some new attractions. Our main attraction of the Lamb National sheep racing will be a lot of fun with betting on the race and new children’s rides by Lincolnshire favourites Dowse fun fairs.

“We’re also grateful for Harsco sponsoring our first ever showground grandstand.  The day potentially offers something for everyone with entry prices £5 adults, children and concessions £2 and free parking. You can find out more visiting or by following us on Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at another great Messingham Show day on 5 June.”

Please email for any further details.

Enter your horses for Messingham Show jumping

IMAG0726You can check out the Messingham Show’s schedule to find which categories suit you best.

Please get your entries in to us by 27 May to ensure a place.

You can download Messingham Show Schedule 2016. Here’s a summary of the classes to be held on 5 June 2016.


  • Hunter Classes
  • Concours D’Elegance (new class)
  • Heavy Horse Classes including display
  • Mounted Fancy Dress (open)
  • Private Driving Classes
  • Mountain & Moorland Pony Classes
  • Riding Horse & Cob Classes
  • Working Hunter Classes
  • Skewbald & Piebald Classes
  • Ridden Pony Classes (new class)
  • Gymkhana Games
  • Affiliated Show Jumping
  • Unaffiliated Show Jumping

This year we’re affiliated to Equifest for a number of classes.

Details are available in the full schedule.

Sheep races in the Messingham Show Sunday 5 June

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The Lamb National sheep racing makes an inaugural debut at the Messingham Show on Sunday 5 June.

An event for all the family sees Herdwick sheep racing in their individual colours and  jumping over fences. The race is the brainchild of Bob Hogg and Tom Hogg renowned for their high class sheep dog displays all over the UK.

The amusing commentary covers the initial parade where the runners and riders with names such as ‘Red Ram’ and ‘No Ewe Turns’ will compete around the course and jump the fences. The event featured on the BBC’s Countryfile a few years ago (Youtube clip).

Messingham Show 5 June 2016

MHFS 07.06.15 (176)Last year’s fantastic show attracted a record attendance, helped by fine weather and great attractions.

Next month we’ll be publishing the show schedule and further details about events and charges.

As a taster we can confirm we’re introducing a brand new class ‘CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE’ mare or gelding four years old or over, riders of any age, open to all heights.

Barnetby Silver Band and Ancholme River Jazz Band have confirmed their attendance. We’ll be revealing sponsorship of a brand new grandstand in the affiliated show jumping ring.

Trade and craft stand applications are already coming in, so need to book early to avoid disappointment. The same for classic car enthusiasts too. You can book via this website.

We are always looking to make improvements and listening to feedback, so there will be more toilets this year. And we’re planning to look at limited ringside car parking until 10am, first come, first parked – £2 per car. We continue to have ample free parking next to the Showground. Blue badge holders can still be parked around the ringside. MHFS 07.06.15 (157)

Finally, if you can spare a couple of hours on 5 June we are always on the look out for volunteers to help with assisting steward the show.

If you can volunteer or have any questions please let us know. This year promises to be another exciting and fantastic day out.

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Record crowd to 110th Messingham Show

A record attendance of more than 7,000 people made sure the 110th Messingham Show was a big success.
Affiliated British show jumping and unaffiliated amateur jumping classes shared the showground with classic cars, falconry displays, fairground rides and family entertainment.
Messingham Horse and Foal Show Society Secretary, Stephen Couman said: “An excellent day. The sun shone and the public came out in their greatest numbers.”We had the best attendance since we have kept records and the competitors in terms of all of the horse classes were happy as well.”Although it is a horse and foal show, we try to plan it so it is more than that.”It is important we try and cater for families so when they pay their money to get in, we provide as much as we can for them.”Our main aim is to provide value for money  and a good day for our paying visitors and to make sure the competitors and officials attending the show have a good time as well.”Mr Coulman said away from the equestrian classes, highlights included displays by the English School of Falconry team.


He said: “They were very good because they involved some members of the audience and they were interactive with the younger audience members.

“We had a record number of classic cars and they did a parade in the show ring.

“We also had the VW camper-owners’ club.IMAG0708

“It flew by and it was a great day.”

Mr Coulman said attentions would now turn to organising next year’s event.

He said: “Next year’s show will be on June 5.

“We are yet to decide what we are going to do, but there are always improvements we can make.

“We are looking to next year to improve the show further.”

If you want to get involved or be part of Messingham Show – please get in touch.

Article first posted by Scunthorpe Telegraph 11 June 2015.

Would you like like to volunteer for the Show?



This years Messingham Horse & Foal Show is coming together nicely according to new Show Secretary Stephen Coulman.

“I’m in my first year as Show Secretary (following on from the indomitable John England’s forty year stint!) and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I don’t drop a clanger. However, I’m certain the guidance from John and my fellow volunteer Show Committee Members will get me through.

“I joined the Show Committee six years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed myself even though I have never ridden a horse and have no particular desire to do so. I’ve helped mark out the show ground, collect rent from the trade stands, taken money on the gate, moved toilets, re-built horse jumps, directed traffic, picked up litter and occupied the beer tent at the end of the day. I can honestly say I’ve met some great people from the village, and wider afield.

“The Show Committee is made up entirely of unpaid of volunteers who take a pride in keeping our village show and traditions alive. We are always looking for new Committee Members who can bring their particular expertise and skill set from their  lives, and contribute to the development and future success of the show.

“If you’ve approx 30 hours, plus the show weekend / show day, to spare a year why not contact me and join us? Alternatively why not help out at the show itself, as we’re often short of help on the day. A couple of hours will make a real difference spelling someone for their lunch.”



Committee Members & Show Day Volunteers

Messingham Horse & Foal Show Sunday 7 June

Contact Stephen Coulman

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