We’ve put together comprehensive answers to the eight most frequently asked questions you have sent to us.
Who organises Messingham Horse Foal Show (MHFS)?
Unpaid volunteers acting as the Show Committee and show day volunteers organise and put on MHFS each year. No one is paid and everyone gives up their time and effort free of charge.
Unfortunately, the show committee is ageing and there are fewer members each year to organise the show. If the Show Committee loses more Members the show may be at risk for future generations. Why not volunteer as Committee member or show day helper?
Contact the Show Secretary on 07749 839 828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who owns Holme Meadow where MHFS is held?
The show ground is owned and maintained by Messingham Parish Council who kindly allow for the show to be held each year. There is no charge made by the Parish Council but MHFS is responsible for making good any damage howsoever caused.
Because MHFS only have access to the show ground from the Wednesday before the show everything has to be put in place in a very short period of time to make the show happen – marking out the show ground rings and for trade pitches, laying water and electricity supplies, erecting marques, putting up safety fencing, putting in toilets and bins etc.
What does MHFS do with the money it generates?
MHFS is run on a not for profit basis and every penny earned from gate receipts, trade pitch rental, as well as donations and sponsorship, is put into paying for this year’s show and to act as a ‘kick start’ for the next year’s show. Any surplus is put into the bank to act as a wet weather contingency. Two wet shows in succession and resultant low gate receipts etc. may end MHFS.
No Committee Member or volunteer makes any financial gain from MHFS.
What does my £6 / £3 entry fee give me?
Once you have paid and put on your wrist band (ticket) you have all day access to the show ground, so come and go as you please with your ticket.
- Free displays and entertainment in Ring 3.
- Free viewing of British Show Jumping, Unaffiliated Show Jumping and Gymkhana Games.
- Free entry to the grandstand throughout show day.
- Free face painting for all age groups.
- Free Clown / Magician in the ‘kids’ zone.’
- Free music from Ferrer’s Friends Fiddle Group, Barnetby Silver Band, Ancholme River Jazz Band and the Rock / Pop Stage by the Beer Tent.
- The knowledge that your entry fee will help put on future shows.
Why is there a £2 car parking charge?
Unfortunately, the field adjacent to the show ground is no longer available to MHFS for public car parking. Because of this the show ground layout has been compressed to allow for limited car parking.
Due to a lack of show day volunteers MHFS is having to pay for a Security Company to manage the public car parking on our behalf. The £2 charge will pay for the paid help. The Security Company will also patrol the show and eject anyone not wearing their wrist band (ticket)
Do you take card payments?
Yes – card payments for entry to the show and car parking are taken at the point of entry via PayPal Card Readers. Some traders also take card payments but it is recommended that you have access to cash for those traders and rides etc. that don’t.
Are there any discounts or concessions available?
There are discounts available via our website for early purchase of tickets for MHFS. These are available from 5 May until 31 May – £4:50 adults and £2:00 children under 16. There are limits on the number of tickets that may be bought. You will have to print off the ticket receipt and bring it to the entry gate on show day for scanning and issue of your wrist band (ticket).
There are no other discounts or concessions.
Why were Horse Showing Classes and Driving Classes cancelled?
Because of increased insurance and health & safety requirements imposed on MHFS the Committee had to review and change the show ground layout. Two main reasons made this necessary – the public ignoring safety signs / barriers and walking into horse restricted areas to get to where they wanted to go and a loose horse escaping from its handler / rider.
It was not physically possible to create separate public areas from horse only areas without a new layout being implemented.
To create a free-flowing open showground for the public, show rings, WI Marquee, Beer Tent, Sponsors Marquee, trade stands, children’s rides, displays, horse box parking, practice rings etc. the Committee made difficult decisions based upon what could safely fit into Holme Meadow.
It was not physically possible to fit in four show rings and so reluctantly some horse classes had to be cancelled. This has since been compound by the loss of the adjacent car parking field and the need to compress the show ground layout further.