Our 2016 started with a bang at Suffolk Country Show, with all the old favourites back again, and many new. It wasn’t the warmest weekend, but that didn’t stop people coming out to enjoy the day.
Many stopped to watch the scurry driving, with some of the most adorable little ponies you can imagine competing around the obsticles. From little to large, we also had the stunning giants from Harvey’s Shires in action. The horseboarders were out – fresh from their features on the BBC, and streaming everything online as they raced. Highly technical, guys, but it didn’t stop them getting regular facefuls of mud on the somewhat spongy ground!
Moment in Time were parading the showground, with Andy slightly bamboozled by the ‘horseless carriages’ they discovered at the Isuzu stand. ‘It’s never going to catch on’, he informed the Isuzu man, who assured him it already had!
Over in the World of Dogs Zone we are bigger and better than ever. It is great to have Shadowquest Dog Display team back with us this season showing us how working dogs train and build confidence. They have a few differnt breeds; mallinois for the security work, a search and rescue collie, but my favourite is still the little springer spaniel, who wags her tail as she’s lowered from the abseiling tower, and jumps through fire without batting an eyelid.
Johnny Bluck and his team from Countrywise have taken on the terriers this year, and on the Sunday we were inundated with competitors. Can the terriers beat the children? It seemed to be a new event!
The Fun Dog Show was busy, with dogs of all sorts of shapes and sizes; lurchers flew in their usual inimitable style; scurry bandits were popular all day and the new Have-A-Go Flyball was also very busy. The cesky terriers always gather a crowd, although the newest member of the cesky team, six month old Ava, spent the entire weekend figuring out ways to escape her pen and go on a royal walkabout herself!
The food areas were also busy with Whitby Scampi and Chips proving a very popular venue for lunch! The Glass-Blowing demonstrations were popular as much for the warmth of their furnace as for the skill of their craftsmanship; they are always fascinating to watch, as is our own bodger, who truely represents traditional English rural crafts.
The final act in the Andy Singleton arena was the amazing gun dog and falconry demonstration with Paul Makepeace and Chris Neal. These are two of the top trainers in the Country in their respective fields, as evidenced by the way they got these natural enemies, the dog and the bird to work together; the dog flushing the prey and the bird swooping in for the kill. An amazing demonstration of trust and training.
So, the wonderful team of take-downers and put-uppers are doing their thing and it’s next stop Thame Country Show over Easter Sunday and Monday.