Encouraging turnout at show

by Ann van Engelen

The Ellesmere A&P Association is over the moon with the turnout at their Selwyn Spring Show on Saturday.

“After heavy rain the day and night before, people turned out in their droves to spend a day in the sun and join in ‘Celebrating Selwyn’, which was this year’s theme,” said Show Marketing and Promotions Convenor, Alastair Barnett.

“As usual the committee did a tremendous job and our president Tim Schmack is really proud of how things went.

“It looks like we have had the best-ever show to date, which is fantastic and a testament to all the support we get from the Ellesmere and Selwyn Districts. Tim and the committee would like to thank our sponsors, especially our Diamond sponsor Matson & Allan, and the volunteers and community organisations, which turn up every year to help make the show the best one-day show in the country.

“There was much to see and do including a huge array of well-contested competitions, which put on interesting displays to attract the many in attendance.

“One of the highlights this year was the Mounted Games Nations Challenge with the final being held in the main ring. The close competition was won by the New Zealand Black Team heading off NZ Silver, Australia, USA and South Africa.

“Ian Fleming’s Red Poll yearling heifer Strathwell Vin took the Supreme Animal of Show Award. Southbridge School the Farmlands and Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables Muster Chef and Cochranes Top Team Challenge.

Selwyn’s Got Talent went to the amazing singing trio Evile, Elina and Mymah Sisifo-Laloata. The Wearable Arts Title went to Deborah Gill Smith and her recycled retro hostess tray.

“Supreme Champion Pony, DS Equestrian/L Cochrane, Greenmoor Euphoria. Supreme Champion Horse Jade Farrant, Culta La Vida.

Showjumping Sunday saw Kimberley Bird take the South Fuels Mini Prix on the lovely Cera Cassina. The Christchurch District Young Farmers Contest was won by Jack Taggart. The Matson & Allan Young Person of the District won by Stanley Mullen, and Overall Supreme Sheep of the Show went to AM and P McIlraith, Gerald Lemon was the Personality of the Show.”