Cutcombe Show was restarted in 1986, after a gap of many years, by a group of enthusiastic villagers (at the time parents of Cutcombe School children), some of whom are still involved with - and the absolute backbone of - the show today. The first few shows were held just outside the village of Wheddon Cross but when that field was sold, the show moved to an ideal location at Dunkery Hill Gate, where it is still held by the very kind permission of Mr & Mrs H J Stevens.
Cutcombe VA First School was the inspiration to start the show when raising funds for the swimming pool was the priority and the school continues to be a main benefactor. Parents and Friends of Cutcombe School (FOCS) are very supportive of the Show and provide a delicious array of refreshments which they sell to the public. Other village amenities like the Playgroup, St John's Church and the Moorland Hall are also supported by the show to help keep them active and the village thriving. We also usually make a donation to either the Devon or the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulances.
The Show was intended to be a traditional village horse show and gymkhana with classes primarily designed to attract children with 'ordinary' ponies, offering them the chance to have fun and win a rosette or two. These fun pony classes increased over time, and the single Mountain & Moorland class developed into a complete section of its own and continues to thrive; this was developed and promoted for many years by local Exmoor Pony enthusiasts, Mrs G Langdon, Mrs J Ablett and Mrs A Western.
Basic horse showing classes have also developed and now include a selection of Hunter, Riding Club Horse, and Retrained Racehorse classes to name a few. There are also Show Jumping classes for all abilities and age ranges. The Fancy Dress competition is a delight and held in the main ring so everyone has a chance to enjoy seeing them. In the afternoon there's a wide variety of Gymkhana classes divided into age groups.
As well as the horse side of things, there is also the Fun Dog Show held in the afternoon, starting from 2pm.
There is often a selection of trade stands, plus you can cool down with an ice cream or warm up with hot refreshments depending on the weather!
The Show has been running almost every year since 1986, only missing a handful of years when the weather was not on our side, until 2020 when the pandemic put a stop to everything. We also missed the 2021 show and held a scaled-back Fun Day in 2022. But we were delighted to be back in 2023 with our traditional village show - and again in 2024!
We are very grateful, not just to the team who organise this show, but to our loyal sponsors and advertisers, without whom it would be very difficult to make a profit - so if they offer a service you can use, please support them.
Finally, we hope you will be able to come and join us for what is usually a great family day out.
A BIT OF HISTORY AND ABOUT THE SHOW
HUGE THANKS TO ALL THE ORGANISERS, HELPERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO MAKE THE DAY POSSIBLE!