Findon is famous for horse racing, with it stables being looked after by two of the greatest racehorse trainers of all time – Josh Gifford and before him Captain Ryan Price, who was champion National Hunt trainer five times in the 1950s and 1960s. Under Ryan Price, the Findon Stables also turned out some outstanding flat racing horses in the 1970s including classic winners Ginevra and Bruni.
The village is also the home of the great Findon Sheep Fair which, after a few stuttering steps during the recent foot and mouth disease crisis is now back to some sort of full health.
The Sheep Fair itself dates from the 1780s, but there had been a fair in Findon since 1261. It must have been an amazing spectacle, with shepherds driving their flocks to Findon from all parts of the South Downs.
It’s traditional for the sheep fair to be held on 14th September, although these days the event stretches out over a long weekend. The event no longer includes the sheep auction that was the original point of the whole shebang because auctioneers don’t find it cost effective any more.
Findon Sheep Fair is still great weekend event though - it all takes place in September at Nepcote Green. Lets hope it survives and flourishes for many centuries to come.
swimming pool which is open throughout the summer. You can book the pool for private parties on Sundays.
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