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Crowds are getting excited for the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, a classic summertime event. Held in Brockenhurst, the show brings together various countryside traditions and attractions.

This year it will be held over the three days of 26, 27 and 28 July. The show is one of the best-attended in all of the UK, and around 100,000 visit each year to take in horse jumping, art and crafts, country antiques, gardens, flowers and vegetables. And with over 600 trade stands, there is great shopping, food and drink available to visitors.

The main attraction for this year’s show will be the Metropolitan Police Service Mounted Branch. These talented horses and riders have been performing all over the country and are now bringing their exciting show to the New Forest.

“The ride was established in the 1950s to display the skills of mounted officers and the incredible training of the horses,” said a show spokesman to local media. “Despite ceasing for a short while to enable officers to concentrate on policing the 2012 London Olympics, the ride has been reformed into the training regime of the mounted branch.

“It provides a fast-moving display demonstrating a high level of skill and agility by both horse and officer,” they said.

The event also features a popular Inter-hunt relay where horses run against the clock whilst jumping fences. Beyond the horses, there will be a blacksmiths’ competition, a cycling experience for New Forest visitors, scores of classic cars, horse-drawn vehicles, and more.

For many, Hampshire is considered the beating heart of southern England and it offers visitors the opportunity for a great cottage holiday in the New Forest. For more details on attending the show during your holiday, please visit the show website.