Celebrating Selwyn

by Ann van Engelen

The Ellesmere A&P Association is proud to present the 149th annual Selwyn Spring Show, the largest one day show in New Zealand. The event is inclusive of the wider community, encouraging people to come together to celebrate Selwyn through their success in art, music, culture, business and agriculture.

The show attracts visitors, competitors, judges and organisers from all over the South Island, as one of the most truly diverse spring shows in New Zealand. This year the association is delighted to host the final of the International Mounted Games, featuring teams from around the world, demonstrating agility, speed and horsemanship at the highest level.

This year’s committee is headed by president Tim Schmack. The theme for the show was selected by the association and is ‘Celebrating Selwyn’ recognising the special qualities of the Selwyn District and celebrating all things country.

On Saturday October 19 jump on the free bus leaving from the Selwyn District Council Carpark, 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston at 9.00am and again at 10.30am. The return trip leaves Ellesmere Showgrounds, Leeston at 4.00pm. It is undoubtedly Selwyn’s best day! Where else can you see everything from chickens to alpacas, horse riding to sheep shearing! Come and savour the good food, wine and craft beer and watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy the many displays on show.

Come and watch the best in show jumping and the wonderful spectacle that is the Grand Parade.

  • Gates open to the public at 8am
  • Admission price is $15 for adults, children aged 0 to 12yrs free. Family passes $40 for two adults and three children
  • Parking is free
  • Cash only accepted at the gate, however, Eftpos facilities are available on the grounds
  • Show catalogues will be available for $5
  • There is a Food Court and Bar located on the showgrounds

From the President

It is both an honour and a privilege to serve as president of the Ellesmere A&P Association for the 149th Annual Show.

As a child, I grew up in the Ellesmere area, attending the Catholic Primary School and Ellesmere College in Leeston, before graduating with a degree in farm management and rural valuation from Lincoln University.

On finishing Lincoln, I worked on a sheep and beef farm at Irwell for seven years, before a stint milking cows at Brookside for eight years and more recently a mixed cropping farm at Irwell. During this time I purchased blocks of land to form our existing farm, running a breeding/finishing ewe flock, bull beef and a small amount of mixed cropping, in conjunction with pasture renewal. I met my wife Gabby and got married in 2006, and we have two children, Angus (9) and Charlotte (7) who attend Leeston Primary School.

After years of entering chooks and pet lambs in the show as a child, I took my turn parking cars for Sudeley Park, before trying my luck at dog trialling. I was asked to join the committee in 2002 and after roles on various subcommittees for sheep, traffic, farm, wood chopping, dog trials and marketing and promotions, gathering insight into how the show is run, before starting on the top table.

As president I am extremely grateful for the effort and support I have received from the general committee, past presidents, volunteers, local businesses and sponsors, that help to make the Selwyn Spring Show the success it is today.

Tim Schmack