Show proves popular once again

by Anonymous Author

The crowds flocked to Canterbury Agricultural Park for the final day of the 155th Canterbury A&P Show.

Show organisers estimate between 50,000 and 60,000 showgoers attended on Friday’s Show Day, with around 100,000 attending over the three days.

Show Day culminated as always, with the ultimate prize; the Supreme Champion Animal of Show.

This year the Supreme Champion Meat Breed Sheep took out the top prize. Willowhaugh Rock Star is a threeyear-old Southdown Ram owned and exhibited by Christina and Ian Jordan from Blenheim.

Paul and Kay Gardner from Ashburton took out the Mint Lamb Competition this year with a purebred Texel. It wasn’t the first time the Gardners had tasted success in the competition – they also won in 2014.

Twenty-six-year-old Logan Moore from Rural Livestock Ltd has entered the Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition twice before, and this year was his year to win.

He’ll head over to the Sydney Royal Easter Show next year to watch and get involved with the Australian equivalent of the competition as part of his prize pack. The Dakins Ambassador of the Year award went to Andrew and Tracy Paterson from the wool section.

Every year they travel to the show from Central Otago to participate as commercial sheep exhibitors and wool exhibitors. The Ambassador of the Year award honours a competitor who has been seen to support the ideals of the Canterbury A&P Association.

The Show Legend Award recognises volunteer effort and was awarded to Jackie Hill from Darfield.

Jackie has had a long association with the equestrian section where she has held various positions including general committee member and Isaac Arena ringmaster.

In the Shearing Pavilion Alan Gemmell took out the Open Blades Final and Tony Coster won the Open Machines Final.

Silver Fern Farms took out the Supreme Champion title in the Trade Exhibitor of the Year competition.

The Skellerup South Island Gumboot Throwing Championship took place for the first time at the show this year.

Josh Leszczuk took out the men’s division with a throw of 39.46m and Shelley Norris was the top woman with a throw of 24.68m.

Riders and horses parade around the show ring          
Photo by Stephen Weir

Competitors in the mixed team saw competition are full of concentration
Photo by Stephen Weir

Gently does it for this sheep dog as he rounds up a group of ducks 
in the dog trial competition.
Photo by Stephen Weir

This competitor shows who is the boss in the sheep dog trials 
Photo by Stephen Weir