Weather forces first cancellation of Long Sutton show in 41 years

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LONG Sutton’s popular Horse and Pony Show – due to take place last Sunday – was cancelled on Friday for the first time in 41 years.

Show officials carried out an inspection of Cinder Ash Park on Thursday night, hours after the village had been hit by a tornado, and found the field too wet for horse boxes and horses.

And, with more rain forecast for Sunday, the decision was taken to call it off.

Show secretary Eunice Artaman rang radio stations on Friday to let would-be competitors know about the cancellation.

Mrs Arteman said: “We have written “cancelled” on our website and I rang all the radio stations.

“The combination of the rain we have already had and the forecast for more on Sunday wouldn’t go well with horses and horse boxes.

“We didn’t want to go on the field with heavy horse boxes.”

Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show is unusual because competitors don’t enter until the day of the show.

Would-be competitors looking for last-minute details on the show website were met with a note that read: “Please note the show has been cancelled due to waterlogged field. Apologies for inconvenience caused.”

Organisers would normally expect 200 entrants in the horse classes and at least 100 dogs would be entered by owners in the fun dog show.

The show attracts competitors from three counties, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Mrs Artaman said: “It’s very, very disappointing. There’s a lot of hard work goes into something like this.

“These storms that we are having are so localised.”

She said Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show didn’t want to find itself hit by a deluge of rain – like the second day of The Lincolnshire Show – and decided it would be fairer to all to cancel in advance.

Horse classes – show jumping, showing and dressage – were due to start at Long Sutton at 9am and go on throughout the day.

A “dog scurry” was scheduled for noon followed by the fun dog show.