Bakewell Show jumps into early action next Tuesday.
An equestrian day is being held before the official show starts at the showground on Wednesday and continues on Thursday.
The move follows a surge rise in entries for horse classes at the show, with the success of dressage in the Olympics generating further interest.
As well as the regular Horse of the Year qualifiers, there will be a dressage competition, open classes for ex-racehorses and working show horses. Horses will also feature heavily on show days.
The centre ring attraction for 2013 will be Gullivers’ Carnival Spectacular, a Victoriana-style trick riding show presented by the Stampede Stunt Company.
Another new attraction is an area dedicated to the emergency services, but the traditional favourites are returning, such as the cattle and sheep judging, dog show, horticultural show, cookery demonstrations, craft displays and displays of vintage and classic cars.
Hamlet the Musical, a 15 minute production by the Storybag Theatre Company, will be on the village green.
The event, one of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK, is organised by Bakewell Agricultural and Horticultural Society and regularly attracts 60,000 visitors.