Lowther event not taking place in 2020
11 November 2019

by British Carriagedriving

Very sadly, we have lost the Lowther National from the 2020 event calendar. Countryman Fairs, the company behind the organisation of the Lowther Show, have ceased trading.

The driving event organisers are leaving the obstacles in place at present, in the hope that the event may be able to return in future years.

The loss of Lowther affects the selection process for the World Horse Pairs British team. The first selection event will now take place at Sandringham on 26-28 June. Further selection events will be announced in due course. The World Pairs Championships take place at Kronenberg in the Netherlands on 1-5 September 2021.


An official press release has been issued as follows: Lowther Estates has announced that the Lowther Show will not be taking place in 2020. The event was cancelled this year due to torrential rain and this week, the organisers Countryman Fairs went into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation.

2019 was a reasonably good year weather-wise but in August, the week before the Lowther Show took place, the heavens opened in true Lakeland style. For the first day, the organisers persevered, but the ground had become a quagmire and safety concerns led to the cancellation of the second day.

HRH Duke of Edinburgh competing at Lowther in 2005

Lowther Show has seen several different incarnations since it was first started in the 1970s by the late Lord Lonsdale. Carriage driving was one of its major focuses in those days as were country sports of all kinds. The show built up a reputation for its hound-show, its gun-dog displays and its emphasis on field sports. Prince Philip was a regular visitor, competing in the carriage driving and adding further glamour to a highly popular three-day event.

George Bowman at Lowther in 2007

By the early 2000s, Lowther Estate was finding the pressure to run the event single-handed too much, cancellation of the 2008 show being a particularly tough moment, and the estate gave up running the show. It was then that Countryman Fairs took over.

Arena displays have always been a feature at Lowther.

Boyd Exell wins the horse fours class at Lowther in 2002



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