HISTORY OF THE MONIAIVE HORSE SHOW

The origins of the show date back to 1974 when it was organised by a sub committee of Moniaive Community Council and it formed part of a week of festivities.  On the Saturday there was “It’s a Knockout” and the Horse Show was on the Sunday.  Mrs. Patrick was the secretary with committee being John Kilgour, David Houston, John Redpath, Jimmy Marshall and Jack Ewart.  There was about twelve classes and some show jumping.


The Moniaive Horse Show Society was then formed in 1980 and our present chairman, Mr. Jack Ewart, was one of the founder members.  From small beginings the show has grown and developed into the prestigious show we have today.

The setting for the show, in the picturesque village of Moniaive,  is held in the Station fields, which started off in one field and now commands space in four of the Wilson family fields and we are indebted to them for this facility.

In its early days Mr Stenhouse from the Maxwellton Estate gave permission for members of the committee to cut poles for show jumps on the Estate and these poles are still in use today.  The greenery and foliage required for jumps was cut on the Craigdarroch Estate.

From a schedule of thirty classes which included In-Hand classes; Lead Rein and Riding Pony under saddle classes; Hunter and Riding Horse under saddle; Native Ponies and Shetland Classes, Horse Driving and Jumping to todays schedule with over 107 showing and working hunter classes; 12 show jumping and 10 dog show classes.

We are affiliated to most of the Native Breed Societies and are Qualifiers for Blair; Puddle dubs; Royal Highland Show; and this attracts competitors from as far as Stranraer; Perth; Arran; Cumbria as well as our loyal local supporters.

Without our many sponsors, too many to mention, we would not be able to host a show on such a grand scale and we look forward to many more years of loyal support from spectators, competitors and sponsors.