A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who braved the awful weather last Saturday to support the 62nd Ashwater Agricultural Show. After such a long spell of fine weather the show was unfortunate to fall on probably the worst day of the summer we have had, however this did not put a stop to proceedings! The committee are extremely grateful to everyone who came along despite the weather, ensuring the day was worth while and enjoyable. Entries were strong, particularly the cattle and sheep classes which were 60% up on 2012. Fur and Feather classes were also well represented and an amazing 30 young handlers came along to demonstrate their excellent skills with both cattle and sheep.
Horse classes commenced bright and earlier with a reasonable number of entries considering the weather! The children however were not a bit bothered by it, with many insisting on taking part in the clear round show jumping and Gymkhana during the worst of the rain. Pony classes also took place and the highest number of entries were seen in the novelty classes. At the same time the family fun dog show was enjoyed by an array of fine dogs and their rather rain soaked owners.
This years show was officially opened by the President, Mr Bill Harper following a parade of vintage tractors in the main ring where Mr Harper awarded ‘Presidents choice award‘ to a beautifully restored example of a 1951 Series 2 Field Marshall tractor, owned by Peter Treleven. This was followed by a parade of the South Tetcott Hunt hounds before an afternoon of show jumping took place.
Various trade stands came along and made the best of the bad conditions and everyone sheltering from the rain in the refreshment tent were treated to lively entertainment from local family band Jdacc Brass. The show was held in conjunction with Ashwater Horticultural Society which put on a fantastic show with entries ranging from homemade produce to plants and photography, providing much needed indoor relief from the elements.
The committee would like to say a big thank you to all those who generously sponsored classes including Kivells, Mole Valley Farmers, Mr and Mrs S J Griffin, Mr and Mrs P Moon, Carey Valley Woodlands, Mr A Ogborne, Tamar Milling, Dave Lawrence and Adrian Cann Contracting.
This years show saw many prize winners,the cup winners are listed below for the livestock and horse classes:
Cattle classes: Glass Bowl for Supreme Champion Cattle - Mr J W H Neale; Show Committee Cup for best local Beef - Mr J W H Neale; Cup for best yearling heifer - Mr L Rockett; The Ken Jones Cup for Young Handlers Cattle - Edward Warrington.
Sheep classes: Supreme Champion Sheep sponsored by Mr and Mrs S J Griffin and presented with a glass bowl - Mr S Ellis; Ashwater Show Cup for Sheep Female Champion - Mr G Hutchings; Frank Howard Cup for Sheep Male Champion - Mr S Ellis; C K Jones Cup for most points gained in Sheep Classes - Heather Blease; Mr and Mrs G King Cup for Young Handlers Sheep - Charlotte Alvares.
Horse classes: The Classes 1-4 Horse Championship, sponsored by Mr and Mrs P Moon went to Kirsty Kerslake; Supreme Championship (all Champions) sponsored by Carey Valley Woodlands and presented with the Michael Drown Cup - Kirsty Kerslake; Best Pony Cup Champion - Mr & Mrs K Locke; Kivells Cup best Mountain & Moorland Pony - Mr & Mrs K Locke; Den Piper Cup novelty Classes Champion - Sue Ford; Show Committee Cup - Neisha Cole; John Forward of Henford Studio Architects Cup for highest placed member of the Pony Club in Novice Jumping - Frankie McKechnie; John Forward of Henford Studio Architects Cup for highest placed 16 year old or under in open Show jumping - Neisha Cole.
The first prize winners for further classes are listed below:
Fur and feather classes: Best Guinea Pig - Jess Warring; Best Rabbit - Maxine and Nicole Bridgenay; Pure Bred Large Fowl - John Hart; Pure Bred Bantam - Nicky Buxton; Any Other Variety - Maxine and Nicole Bridgenay; Large Waterfowl - Nicky Buxton; Bantam Waterfowl - John Hart; Overall Champion - John Hart.
Silage and cereals classes: First prize winners: Clamp Silage - Mr and Mrs M Smale; Big Bale Silage - D Martyn; Hay - Mr C Britton; Barley - Mr R Crocombe.
Not down hearted by the weather, crowds turned out for the evening celebrations, enjoying some time to relax and dancing the night away to a live band - ‘Silverback’.
The Committee would like to reiterate its sincere thanks to all our sponsors, programme advertisers and donors for their generous support of this years show as well as to our President, Mr Bill Harper for carrying out his role admirably and keeping our spirits up when the weather was against us. In addition the Chairman would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, the members of the committee and all those non-members, family and friends who also generously gave their time to make the show a success, helping in preparation, setting up, fetching and carrying, selling dance tickets, lending equipment, providing refreshments, running bars, parking cars and more, as well as clearing up afterwards! Finally a very big thank you to everyone who came and supported the show on the day, entered classes and took part in activities! Without the help and support of so many people the show would not be possible, so once again, thank you!
Due to be held on Saturday 17th August 2013 at The Show Field. We have the usual Cattle, Sheep, Young Handlers and Horse classes, plus the Fur and Feather and Dog classes. Trade stands, Car boot, Craft tent, bouncy castle etc. There will also be the Ashwater Primary School steel band and Jdacc Brass entertaining the crowds. The Show will be opened by the President, Mr Bill Harper at 1pm but the horse classes start at 9am. There is the Show party in the evening in the marquee (in the event the Show is cancelled due to bad weather the party will still go ahead in The Village Hall), for these tickets please contact Rosie on 07787 508958, Chris on 07799 517964 or Sophie on 07920 796551. Any other enquiries to Lynne on 077795 42570 or 01409 211441
To see what horse classes are being held or to enter cattle, sheep, forage or fur and feather classes download a copy of the 2013 Show Schedule here....
The show this year is to be held on Saturday 18th August 2012 at The Show Field. We have the usual Cattle, Sheep, Young Handlers and Horse classes, plus the Fur and Feather and Dog classes. Trade stands, Car boot, Craft tent, bouncy castle etc. There will be a falconry display, Gun dog demonstration, gymnastics, Morris dancing and tug o war. The Show will be opened by the President at 1pm but the horse classes start at 9am. There is the Show party in the evening in the marquee (in the event the Show is cancelled due to bad weather the party will still go ahead in The Village Hall), for these tickets please contact Rosie on 07787 508958, Chris on 07799 517964 or Sophie on 07920 796551. Any other enquiries to Lynne on 077795 42570 or 01409 211441
Joint Presidents Mr Rodney Brock and Mrs Ruth Carroll presided over record horse and pony entries, fur and feather displays and a parade of vintage tractors - to mention just a few of the highlights.
Ivor Cobb receives his trophy from the Joint Presidents
Gymnastics, Ashwater Meerkats Cheer Leading and ferret racing kept everyone entertained along with side shows, including a pair of stocks, Falconry and Owls and a Craft Tent.
The 79th Horticultural Show was held as usual now, in tandem with the Agricultural activities and provided a fine display of fruit, flowers and vegetables.
Plenty of high grade sheep and cattle kept the judges on their toes and whilst sheep shearing was missing this year due to working commitments the evening entertainment took a differnt format with the aptly named Horse Band proving their versatility and playing a wide range of cover versions in the marquee attended by nearly 200.
The show president Mr Bryan Lewens officially opened the show at 2pm, followed by a parade of the South Tetcott Hunt hounds.
This year's schedule presented over 35 horse show classes - including show jumping and a gymkhana, over 20 cattle and sheep classes - including young handlers classes.
Other attractions were a falconry display, Alpacas, bouncy castle, children's entertainment, sheep shearing, family fun dog show and tug of war competition!
There were also a large number of trade and other stands ranging from the Devon Wildlife Trust to the Community Council for Devon as well as local 'fund raisers' including the human fruit machine raising money in aid of the proposed community shop.
During the evening the traditional skittles event took place as the beer flowed and once again the day proved to be a great success.
Thanks to everyone who took part, worked hard to arrange events or put up (and took down) tents, marshalled traffic, roped areas and provided, loaned, erected and dismantled hurdles, exhibits and all the essential ingredients for a successful event.