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OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM GEOFF BILLINGTON AT WESTCOUNTRY EQUINE FAIR

Four lucky people have been selected to take part in the Geoff Billington demonstrations on each of his morning slots at this year’s Westcountry Equine Fair.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December at Westpoint, Exeter, will see Zoe Coombes and Taggy Forseter-Bennett appearing on Saturday and Sammy Cotton and Asha Smith appearing on Sunday.

Zoe Coombes , from Newton Abbot, is 23 and with her horse Chamora S, a 16.2hh grey, 9 year old warmblood, has competed up to 130cm jumps and has won National Amateur second rounds.

Taggy Forester-Bennett is 19 years old and from the Honiton area. She specialises in eventing and is currently competing her horse IBonza Moorabinda (Moo), a 16 year old thoroughbred bay mare at BE Advanced and 3*. The show jumps at these events are 130cm.

Sammy Cotton from Looe in Cornwall is 17 years old and has had wins and placings on the sunshine tour Vejer 2015/16 and 1st at the Troon Puissance 2015

Asha Smith from Cullompton was crowned with her horse Armani Pullman National Schools BS Champions at 1.10m and also jumped at Chepstow International at 1.20m and was placed every day

Watch Geoff put these willing students through their paces in each of the morning demonstrations. Geoff has a wealth of experience in the industry. Riding since the age of 11, Geoff has represented Great Britain in European and world show jumping competitions and the Olympics.

The Westcountry Equine Fair, now in its twentieth year, hosts a wide selection of educational, competitive and entertaining demonstrations in both the indoor and outdoor (marquee covered) arenas including: Geoff Billington, Jonathan Marshall Horseback Falconry, Welsh Pony & Cob Society, Musical Ride, Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship; Junior Show Jumping; Show preparation and showing lectures, a native breed parade and many more. There will also be the BETA sponsored Equestrian Knowledge Zone. You can ask advice from a selection of experts including: equine vet; equine dentist; Lorinery; referral farrier; equine nutritionist and free hat and body protector checks and worming.

The show is not complete without the amazing equestrian shopping village. Stay stylish with the latest fashions; keep up to date with new products and excellent advice and of course plenty of the main brands, show offers, competitions and book signings. With over 200 companies, this is a great equestrian shopping experience ‘For the horse, for the rider and for Christmas’. Don’t forget you don’t need to carry those heavy shopping bags around with the shop and drop facility in the foyer – all donations to Breast Cancer Care.

This is certainly the total equestrian experience for the dedicated rider!

To book your tickets in advance and save money visit www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk or call 01392 421500 (office hours) and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.