RIDERS used swords, guns and lances to grab small pieces of wood off the ground to show off their horseback skills.

The demonstrations by the British Tentpegging Association were a highlight of the 53rd Bicester and Finmere Show.

Up to 10,000 people watched top jockeys compete against bareback and side saddle riders in the high jump contest and dogs bid for the title of waggiest tail.

Chairman of the show Derek Ricketts said: “We had every kind of horse competition from show jumping to thelwell ponies (cartoon ponies).

“Last year we raised £10,000 and it looks like we have raised at least that much again.”

As well as horse riding events, there was a craft tent, fun fair, a parade by Bicester with Whaddon chase hounds, and a pony and rider lookalike competition.

Set up in 1960, the annual event has raised more than £586,000 for spinal charities including The Back-Up Trust and Spinal Research.