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Lady Allendale Takes The Reins As Horse Champion Judge

The Northumberland County Show moves location this year to the beautiful grounds at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, historic home of Lord and Lady Allendale. In honour of their hosts’ generosity, the organisers of the show have asked Lady Tessa Allendale to judge the Light Horse Championship.

“I am completely thrilled, and a little terrified,” said Lady Allendale in response to the invitation. The competition, which brings together the winners of all the light horse classes at the end of the afternoon, will see some of the finest examples of the equine section including Show Ponies, Working Hunters and Coloured Horses, pitted against each other.

Lady Tessa Allendale

Lady Tessa Allendale

Lady Allendale need have no worries in taking on this prestigious responsibility. She is a highly respected horsewoman in her own right and her family has longstanding connections with the horse racing world. Her father, the charming Frankie More O’Ferrall co-founded the Anglo-Irish Bloodstock Agency, while her Uncle Roderic converted his race horse training stable in the 1940s into the fabulously successful Kildangan Stud Farm near Kildare. It has become one of the showpiece stud farms in the world today.

Lady Allendale explained “I have been riding since I was only 5 years old when my sister and I were given our first pony.” Her husband, Lord Allendale, was Field Master with the Tynedale Hunt for many years. Lady Allendale’s passion for horses is undiminished, and she rides her beautiful Connemara pony in the magnificent land around their home as often as she can.

Only two weeks after the Northumberland County Show on 15th and 16th June, Lady Allendale plays host to one of her popular Hunter Trial Open Days. She explained “The Open Day brings together three to four hundred people to raise money for our chosen charity, Charlotte Straker House in Corbridge, which is an excellent cause.” The day gives riders of all abilities the chance enjoy the hunter trial course situated close to the Hall which can be hired from Lady Allendale for equestrian events.

Bywell Hall

Bywell Hall

The family legacy continues, and all of Lord and Lady Allendale’s four children are keen riders. Daughters Alice and Martha both have European standard show jumping accolades to their name and will be especially pleased to welcome the reintroduction of British Show Jumping Association classes at The County Show on May 27th. Lady Allendale said, “They have both competed in show jumping at The County Show in the past. We may also have an entry for the Novice working hunters this year if everything goes according to plan!”

The Pony Club Games is still a regular event at Bywell Hall, and the family have all been involved over the years. Lady Allendale explains, “All of our girls were members of the South Northumberland pony club and loved the pony club games in particular, they even got to the zone finals.”

The Northumberland County Show has lots of exciting things for all the family to enjoy. There are competitive classes for cattle, sheep, horses, goats, alpacas, dogs, poultry, cavies and rabbits, stick dressing, baking and home crafts, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Visitors can see a working milking parlour and competitive sheep shearing, bee-keeping, or try their hand at archery and laser clay pigeon shooting. The main arena attractions feature the Bold Dog Lings and their gravity defying freestyle motocross display and the Devil’s Horsemen with their incredible daredevil horseback displays.

The Northumberland County Show is held on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield. The new location has excellent transport links from the A69. The show committee has worked closely with the various Highways Agencies involved and will implement a comprehensive traffic management plan to ensure all traffic runs smoothly on the day. Plenty of free car parking will also help to maintain a constant flow of traffic.

Additional trains will run to Stocksfield station on the day, and rail and bus passengers will be able to walk safely on the vehicle-free road between the station and the showground that is currently closed to vehicles pending repairs.

Schedules for the County Show are out now, and advance tickets go on sale at the end of February.

Lady Allendale’s Open Schooling days are Saturday 15th June & Sunday 16th June 9 am - 6 pm. All age groups welcome.

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