We’ve been doing a Country Show in Hampshire for over twenty years now, and it’s always great to go back! This year we had five arenas – so it was super busy!
In the Andy Singleton arena (the biggest one) we had the next heats of the National Horseboarding Championships, with their newly introduced jump! This is a new rule, optional for the riders if they want to clear any points gained on the rest of the round. Great to watch! We also had the return of the Stunt Mania motorcycle display team, and their rather dippy health and safety inspector who seems to follow them from show to show. Southdowns Bloodhounds made a wonderful sight galloping around the arena, Scurry driving was back of course, and the ponies beat the Isuzu in their big race.
In the Countryside arena we had falconry, the fantastic Solent Dog Display team, a bit more horseboarding, angling; Simon Whitehead demonstrating how he works ferrets with dogs; gun dog displays and of course the very popular Pinxtons Puppet Show!
The dog arena was full of dogs all day, unsurprisingly! We had minor breed parades; the fabulous Paws for Thought display team; gun dogs, sheep dogs, terrier racing and chase the bunny.
Then there was the farming arena, with demonstrations of old steam engines, and farming machinery of years gone by. Absolutely fascinating to watch and very popular.
And finally we had the chainsaw carving arena, with two speed carves each day – our carvers are real artists and produce amazing pieces with just a chainsaw in thirty minutes. Some of them even finish in time for a quick haircut afterwards!
Of course there was plenty to see and do around and in between the arenas. The food halls were as packed as usual, and there were some excellent demonstrations in the Country Kitchen. The ever full reptile tent had some huge snakes; a giant tortoise and the sort of creep crawlies you wouldn’t want to find in the bath! If cute and furry was more to your taste, we also had hamsters and rabbits… in another tent!
The World of Dogs area was on the hilly bit beyond the dog arena – which meant some good exercise for the dogs entering the Scurry Bandits scurries; and any handlers forced to follow them! The lurchers were amazing and the Fun Dog Show had some stunning dogs in the ring.
So, loads happening andsome happy faces going out – as well as some rather tired little faces – after all, where else can you cuddle a ferret, a facon, a sealyham terrier, a pony, a snake and a huge yellow dog called Hektor, all on the same day?!