A GREAT DAY The 127th Ashbourne Show was a great day with 13,000 visitors, lovely weather and over 170 traders.
FROM THE SHOWGROUND
What a difference the sunshine makes! We had brilliant entries in the sheep section and the Zwartbles were very well supported in their first year as a separate section. The sheep young handlers waited very patiently for their turn as classes were very large and the judges wanted to give everyone a fair chance. The supreme sheep was a Texel exhibited by Mr Frank Rushton.
The beef pairs class was an amazing sight and Victoria Bowring a deserved winner with a very smart pair of British Blues. The supreme beef animal was won by Mr A Clark with a Limousin and the Native trophy was won by Kris Stevenson with a Hereford heifer.
The dairy animals were sadly depleted this year with several of our regular exhibitors unable to show due to TB restrictions. We wish them our best and hope to see them back next year. Champion dairy was a beautiful Jersey from the Coldeaton herd and if you haven’t already tried it they are now making their own ice cream for public sale.
We had two Horse of the Year show qualifiers this year, the in hand and ridden heavy horse. With only ten tickets available for the ridden heavy we attracted a very good entry of animals and the qualifier was
Morag Snow riding Gautby Arclid Flashman. The champion young handler was Hannah Grindey, granddaughter of one our long-standing exhibitors, she will go on to the final which is held at the Midland Shire Foal Show and sale. Supreme hire horse was Sheepwash Derbyshires Eventide exhibited by T J Yates and the in-hand qualifier for HOYS was Woodhouse Rainman exhibited by L M Fountain.
Many thanks to Westpoint Farm Vets who sponsored the sashes for all our supreme animals. They looked very smart.
Emma Pederick – Livestock Secretary
Perfect weather provided a thoroughly enjoyable day for the Light Horse section this year. The quality of horses and ponies forward in all sections made for great viewing in all classes. I personally enjoyed watching the Privative Driving, they were captivating to watch. The new ring layout and parking adjustments worked very well, enabling everyone to enjoy the competition.
Plans for 2019 are well under way, I believe Ashbourne Show is going from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of it.
Cheryl Scott – Light Horse Secretary