Animal magic at village show

The Sleaford and District Rabbit Club judges' enclosure at Heckington Show. Pictured is Bill Stewart, from the British Rabbit Council.
The Sleaford and District Rabbit Club judges' enclosure at Heckington Show. Pictured is Bill Stewart, from the British Rabbit Council.

From horses and hounds to rabbits and hawks, there will be a variety of animal attraction at Heckington Show at the weekend.

Saturday will offer one of the headline acts, Ye Olde Redtail Falconry display. This swoops into the main ring at 3.50pm, with the heavy horses hoofing into the limelight at 4.25pm.

Sunday morning begins with some showjumping activities in the main ring from 9am. This will be followed by the grand parade of livestock at 2pm, which is not to be missed.

There will be more showjumping at 2.30pm with the area trial, followed by a parade of heavy horses at 4.15pm.

Canine capers will keep crowds enthralled from 4.30pm when the parade of hounds and Per Ardua Beagles takes to the main ring.

No visit to the show would be complete without taking in the livestock in the marquees situated at the eastern end of the grounds.

A spokesman for the show said: “Local breeds – notably Lincoln reds and longwool sheep – tend to steal the show and visitors can see the attention, grooming and preparation breeders give their animals, as well as the judging where the winners have to be chosen. Think of it as X Factor on four legs.”

A new addition for 2015 is creature caboodle, where visitors can test their nerve with some creepy-crawlies.