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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

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The traditional trap racing will be replaced with a red arrows fly-by

The annual Ventnor Country Show that happens every year will not be stopped because of the restriction on horse movement put in place last week.

Show organiser, William McWilliam, 44, is adamant: "The Ventnor country show even took place during the war years, and we will be going ahead, even if we cannot have our traditional jimcana [I believe this is traditionally spelled gymkhana - Ed]."

Many people on the island are suffering with the horse movement restriction, having been forced to leave their horses at home this week, but councillor Bernie Burns points out the necessity.

"We understand that horses are an important part of island life, and the heavy horse show at Ventnor's Country Show is a huge crowd draw, however, the hay shortage on the island is real cause for concern. Horses don't run on petrol, and too much exercise will eat through the remaining hay stack piles."

Ventnor country show organisers are hurriedly attempting to put in place replacement attractions. Instead of the horse pull, it will be a tractor pull, and instead of the gymkhana [Satisfied?] there will be a Red Bull Motorcross Display team flown in from Cambridge especially to perform on the same courses as the horses. Instead of the horse petting, there will be duck and goose petting, and the Shetland Pony rides for the little ones are to be replaced with a bungee rope.

"We're hoping that the replacements will satisfy the visitors," said McWilliam. "You never know, some of them could become permanent features. Perhaps the age of the horse is dead?"

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