The Shropshire and West Mid Show is being revamped for this summer with a fuller horse section and a new name — Shropshire County Show.

Last year, the Shropshire & West Midland Agricultural Society, which runs the show, was ready to put itself into voluntary liquidation.

But several trustees did not want to lose the show so set up a rescue proposal.

A full review of the show is planned with new classes and support from Shropshire Council.

Annie Home-Dodd from the show committee said: “The society has been running for 125 years, but the past 10 years have been touch and go. There are a few hills left to climb, but we hope the show will go ahead.”

She added there was going to be a “strong horse section” headed by new horse chairman Annie Newby, who was appointed in January.

Mrs Newby said there would be more than 70 horse classes, including side-saddle and retraining of racehorses classes.

“I’m delighted to help get the show back. My main aim is to bolster the horse classes and regain the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers,” she said.

Showman David Tatlow said: “I’ve spent many hours on the showground and started my career there. I hope everyone pushes for the HOYS qualifiers.”

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (18 February, ’10)