Poldark stunt horses are set to thunder back to this year's Royal Cornwall Show

PUBLISHED: 15:33 25 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:33 25 March 2019

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

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The equine stars and stunt riders from the popular television series such as Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders will be saddling up and making a thundering return to the Royal Cornwall Show on the 6-8 June

The Atkinson Action Horses, who have spent more than twenty years training horses and riders to feature in film & TV productions, will be returning to Cornwall to perform at the county’s largest annual event.

The stunt team were a big hit with the Royal Cornwall crowd when they made their debut at the event in 2016. They return to the Wadebridge showground’s main ring with their talented team of horses and riders with a brand new, breath-taking show.

There are true heart in mouth moments as the riders express themselves with astounding acrobatics. Their latest act will feature horseback tricks including Roman riding, drags, falls, pick-ups, flips and rearing horses.

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter DeanThe Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

The action packed display is choreographed by legendary director Chuck Mahone. It will also include a short but stunning section devoted to the art of Liberty, which will display the harmony between the horses and their onscreen trainers.

Mark Atkinson, founder of Atkinson Action Horses, was the horse master in charge of the action during the filming of all five Poldark series and is looking forward to heading back to Cornwall.

‘We really enjoy our time in Cornwall and have found the people to be really friendly and helpful, just like back home in East Yorkshire.’

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter DeanThe Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

The performers appearing at the Royal Cornwall, including Mark’s son Benjamin who has acted as Aidan Turner’s stunt double in Poldark, thoroughly enjoy entertaining live audiences.

‘Our riders really look forward to performing at shows. They get a real buzz from a crowd that they just don’t get when they are filming.’

Christopher Riddle, Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association secretary adds: ‘The Atkinson Action Horses were so well received the last time they were with us and we are very much looking forward to seeing their new display in June.’

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter DeanThe Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

Plans are well underway for the bustling three-day celebration of Cornish farming and food which will be crammed full of entertainment, competitions and shopping.

The headline main ring acts create a buzz but there’s so much more to see and do at Cornwall’s best loved day out.

A jam-packed programme of entertainment unravels across the vast showground, with something for everyone on offer.

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter DeanThe Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

The show’s two live music stages and the Cornwall Festival of Dance are where you can take a seat and the weight off your feet while you enjoy the line-up of talented acts.

Hilarious street theatre performers and roaming musicians will pop-up on the venue’s busy avenues.

Keep an eye-out for the Titan the Robot as well. At eight feet tall, he’s not easy to miss. Nor is his larger than life personality.

The Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter DeanThe Atkinson Action Horses. Photo credit: Peter Dean

The incredible RAF Falcons parachute display team will be dropping in on all three days. Nail-biting show jumping competitions and the heart-stopping inter-hunt relay add some horse-based drama and excitement to the proceedings.

Literally thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes will congregate at the show in pursuit of prizes. It’s a showcase for sumptuous Cornish food and drink. It is a mecca for shoppers with more than a thousand trade stands to explore. The grand parades of prize-winning livestock and horses, a spectacle that is one of the highlights at the show and draws a big crowd.

There’s certainly never a shortage of fun for young and old alike to enjoy at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Visit: www.royalcornwallshow.org/

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