It’s time to embark on a new hobby… the horse! Hurst Show call for 300 runners to help break Guinness World Record
Help is needed to break an incredible Guinness World Record that most people probably don’t know exists.
Calls are being made now for volunteers to help break the record for the largest parade of recreational horses and their riders.
The attempt will take place this year at the Hurst Show and Country Fayre on day two, Sunday June 26.
The call for adults and children to register is now due to the large number of people needed. Fortunately, visitors flock to the show from a wide area across Berkshire and beyond.
Vikki Randles of Hurst Show said: “It’s not every day you take part in a world record attempt. The current record is 250 and we aim to attract as many as possible to 300 attendees. So we’re calling on everyone to get involved, have fun, and hopefully help us become a record-breaking show.
Show jumping on horseback has been very popular at the show for many years. In 2017 the show hosted the first British Hobby Horse Show Jumping Championships which was shown on BBC Breakfast News with presenter Mike Bushell taking the jumps.
The Guinness World Records guidelines for creating “The Greatest Stick Horse Parade” must be followed.
A basic requirement is that everyone must wear a homemade or commercially available stick horse that clearly has a horse’s head on one end. The website has instructions on how to make one.
All participants will have a numbered sticker which will be counted in the attempt.
The show encourages children to participate. To be counted, they must carry a battle horse and walk alone in single file. Each child rider will receive a souvenir rosette. Riders are encouraged to wear fancy dress, to add to the fun.
It is planned to congregate at Martineau Green, march there, then walk up and down School Road.
The show, on June 25 and 26, will follow a similar format to last year with attractions held in Martineau Green, St Nicholas Primary School and Hurst Village Halls and the Scout Hut. Some road closures were again requested.
Events are multiplying again. In addition to the record attempt, there will be a fun dog show, animal petting, craft stalls, a classic vehicle and vintage bike show, live music, events in the arena, a bar and a barbecue.
Amateur riders joining the 2022 Hurst Show record attempt should pre-register on the website www.hurstshow.uk. It includes all the details on how to participate.