Show attracts overseas judges

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Livestock and equestrian judges from across the globe will descend on Christchurch in mid-November as New Zealand’s largest A&P Show turns 155 years old.

Over 500 people volunteer at the Canterbury A&P Show every year and around 120 of those volunteers are judges, with some coming from as far as the USA in 2017.

Canterbury A&P Association President, Peter Gilbert, said the calibre of judges is one of the reasons the Canterbury A&P Show is seen as New Zealand’s most prestigious A&P event. “Bringing these judges in from overseas is a huge draw card for our competitors,” Mr Gilbert said.

“Not only do they bring extensive international experience, it’s also extra confirmation for our competitors that their stock is the best of the best as they’re being judged by someone completely new.”

This year the show will host a Royal A&P Dairy Cattle Event, which has prompted the appointment of Mark Rueth from Wisconsin, USA.

Mark owns Rosedale Genetics, has sold embryos in ten countries and has judged at top level shows and expos in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Switzerland and Mexico. He also currently serves on the World Dairy Cattle Show Committee.

Peter Gilbert said that It’s not just the overseas judges who bring a wealth of knowledge to the event.

“We also have judges coming from across New Zealand, many of whom have decades of experience both here and overseas. We can’t thank them enough for lending their time and expertise.”

The 2017 event is from 15 to 17 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park and $100,000 of prizes are up for grabs across 3,000 classes with 6,500 entries expected.