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Major sponsorship boost for Messingham Show

Scunthorpe based Johnstone Insurance have provided Messingham Show with a major sponsorship boost.

The 112th Show on Sunday 4 June will feature Johnstone Insurance sponsor the British Show Jumping arena and grandstand.

 Messingham Show Chairman Trevor Foster said:

“After many years of running Messingham Show we’re delighted Johnstone Insurance has signed up to be our first ever sponsor of the British Show Jumping Arena and grandstand. A local business, committed to the community is a good fit and I hope marks the start of us working together. Sponsorship income is vital to help cover the Show’s running costs and will make a massive difference. As we try to move with the times, it signals a turning point about making the Show more sustainable and widening its appeal for years to come. I would like to welcome Johnstone Insurance on board and wish them every success with their involvement.”

Johnstone Insurance, managing director Chris Harper said:

“Around the area Messingham Show is one of the longest standing events and has a good reputation. For many years there’s been a fantastic effort by volunteers to put on a show. Set up in 1983, Johnstone Insurance is the only locally owned independent insurance broker in Scunthorpe. We’re a local business dealing with local people and really happy to have this opportunity to support a local show. We strongly believe in our business community and advocate dealing locally whenever we can. So it’s fitting we should be involved in some form. Providing sponsorship is a way of putting something back into the local community.”

(Photo left Trevor Foster with Chris Harper).

Save the date: Messingham Show Sunday 4 June 2017

Messingham Show is back on Sunday 4 June 2017. 

This year’s 112th Show sees the return of the successful Lamb National sheep racing.

And we have a brand-new layout to cater for the growing visitors of up to 7,000 people. We’re hoping just like last year thousands of people can enjoy ‘fun in the sun’.

For safety reasons to ensure separation of horses from those visiting the show, a new layout has been created. We’ve also a dedicated ring to provide more opportunities for displays from local groups.

The horse parts include British show jumping, gymkhana games and mounted fancy dress featured in our Show schedule. All of which can be viewed from a free to enter grandstand, introduced last year.

Other attractions include family fun fairs, inflatables, food court, picnic area, beer tent, Punch and Judy, and craft tent. Live music is provided by the Barnetby Silver Band and Ancholme River Jazz Band. There will be a wide variety of trade stands for visitors to enjoy. Plus also Humberside’s rescue services, classic cars and vehicles from the armed forces.

Like previous years FREE public parking will be available in the adjacent field.

We’re introducing a family ticket for two adults and up to three children costing £15 – saving up to £3. This year’s show entry will increase by £1- with £6 for adults and £3 for school children / concessions.

The Show admission has been frozen for the last three years and it needs to rise to recover the Show’s costs of up to £20,000 plus.

Messingham Show secretary Stephen Coulman said:

“Last year’s Show was one of the best ever attended. My highlight was watching the Lamb National and children getting involved in the event. It’s a great family day out with plenty of things to keep everyone entertained.

“For safety reasons because of its growing popularity we’ve decided to make some changes to the layout. This means we’ll have less show jumping and horse displays than previously. We know this is a disappointment to those who come year after year but we’ll review the new layout and if it works, we’ll look at re-instating the horse element next year.

“We have to strike a balance between our priority public safety and more activities to meet the growing visitor needs. I’m excited and looking forward to welcoming everyone on the 4 June and hoping for another fun day in the sun!”

Meet the Messingham Show organisers on 18 March

Meet the Messingham Show organisers and give your support on Saturday 18 March 2pm – 4pm in the village hall.

At last year’s Messingham Show thousands of people enjoyed ‘fun in the sun

This year’s 112th Show promises to be just as good with the return of the successful Lamb National sheep racing.

The Messingham Show organisers called the Show Committee is made up of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, who make the event happen every year. One of our biggest challenges is running the show day itself. We’re always looking for additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of the day.

As you can imagine, looking after thousands of people having a good time in a safe setting is the Committee’s top priority.

To talk more about the Show’s history and plans for this year, we’re holding an open event on Saturday 18 March 2pm – 4pm in the village hall. We would welcome anyone to come along to talk about getting involved in the Show.

If you would be able to give some time freely on show day 4 June – say for a couple of hours, then if you can pop along to the event – we  would be pleased to see you.


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

Sheep jumping

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).

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