The Formula 1 of equine events returns to the Spring Festival

26 March 2014

Pete Morris and groom, Veronica Kelland, from Borden, Hants, driving with Posh and Becks

Back by popular demand, the exciting and action-packed equestrian sport of scurry racing will be among the attractions at this years Royal Welsh Spring Festival.

Being held on 17-18 May at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, the Spring Festival is proud to host the first in the scurry driving event in the Scurry Drivers Association season.

This exciting sport gets the crowds gasping and cheering as pairs of ponies pulling specially-built racing carriages weave their way through a series of obstacles at break-neck speed. As the drivers urge their ponies on to notch up the fastest time, their grooms battle to keep the carriages from overturning.

Scurry driving teams at the festival are competing for hundreds of pounds in prize money and a chance to qualify for the National Scurry Driving Championships to be held at the Royal Berkshire Show in September.

The competition is open to members of the Scurry Drivers Association with registered ponies. Schedules are available on www.rwas.co.uk  and entries should be sent to amanda@rwas.co.uk by 14 April.

This break-neck sport is just one of many attractions in the action-packed programme of events being staged across the weekend of the Spring Festival. As the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living with a huge range of competitions, classes, exhibitors, attractions, the festival has something to offer everyone.

As in previous years there will be an open premier dog show, floral and horticultural displays, gardeners question time, vintage machinery displays, BASC gundog display, farmers’ market, show jumping and working hunter classes and new for this year, a forestry area and chainsaw carving display.

More information about the Spring Festival can be found on www.rwas.co.uk. Tickets for the festival can be bought on the gate or in advance by calling 01982 553683 or emailing springfestival@rwas.co.uk