A huge attraction at ever show, our Scurry Trials and Driving Teams compete over the season in a series of heats which reveal the overall winners in an exciting climax at Essex Country Show.
Pleased to announce the first Essex Game & Country Show, which will take place at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD on October 7th-8th 1017
This will now be our final country show of the 2017 season!
We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Marshall will be joining us for most of our shows of the 2017 season.
Jonathan Marshall has earned his reputation as one of the worlds leading display falconers over the last 30 years. He has provided falconry shows at some of the largest outdoor events in the UK. He has worked on many film and television projects which have featured his unique work that includes hang gliding with Golden Eagles and skydiving with Peregrine falcons.
Not content with just flying birds of prey, Jonathan introduced dancing Spanish horses into his display and trained both birds and horses to work together. The falcons chase a swung lure at over 100 mph while the horses perform high schooled dressage moves such as Piaffe, passage and Spanish walk. The carefully choreographed duel is performed to beautiful music and takes on a balletic flavour. Costume and showmanship make this a display like no other and was recently featured on BBC1′s Countryfile and then repeated on their ‘best of ‘ edition.
His ‘Free Spirits Show’ is a unique display which combines ancient horsemanship skills with the medieval art of falconry. When married together and accompanied by beautiful music and costume this show becomes a spectacle like no other. The carefully choreographed performance is exciting, emotional and incredibly beautiful.
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Cheshire is one of our biggest shows, and host to the 12th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. It seemed even bigger this year – six fields full of attractions certainly meant a lot of walking!
The 12th English Open started early on Saturday morning with the carvers anxious to get a good start. We had about thirty carvers from all over the world so if was a real international flavour and fascinating to try and work out – from a few lines in marker pen – what these artists had in mind.
I then wandered up to see what was happening at archery and shooting – they were busy from the start, and the two young ladies in archery – both of whom have represented the UK in their sport – gave young Daniel a good lesson, while in shooting, Luke did really well!
Chase the Bunny is always popular – and I love it when dogs ‘grin’ while they’re running, as this lovely pointer did. We had a record number of minor breeds surrounding the dog arena, while the lurcher racing, terrier showing and gun dog scurries were also busy all weekend. And in the fun dog show, the prize for ‘Dog Most Like Owner’ was an easy win for Daisy and her mum!
Meanwhile over by the fishing pond, where young Leo caught his first fish with huge delight, Bethany was trying on hats in the history village where a few different eras were represented, but appeared to be living in harmony.
I popped into the craft tent on my way back, where all srts of demonstrations were fascinating the passers by – including some clver landscaping with collage by Giles Davies, who was enjoying his first show. In the cookery tent, a lesson on seafood preparation was going on, and I was tempted to stay, but headed back over to the chainsaw field, where to carvings were moving on at speed.
Of course the lovely weather helped – and we enjoyed huge crowds all weekend, and especially on the Monday. The horseboarders enjoyed drier ground than they have had at the last few shows, and Shadowquest were amazing as usual in the dog arena.
Meanwhile, after a hard fought contect, the winner of the Classic competition in the Chainsaw field was Danny Thomas of the UK with his stunning elephant sculpture.
Another blog post to follow with all the details of the other winners and more pictures of their amazing sculptures.
Meanwhile, just over a week until Sandringham Game and Country Show. Hope to see some of you there?
It’s coming up very soon: The 12th English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition
August bank holiday weekend 27th 28th 29th at Cheshire county showground Tabley Knutsford WA16 0HJ.
Over thirty of the best chainsaw carvers in the world battle it out over the three days for this year’s coveted titles. See what can be achieved with just a chainsaw and a lot of talent! There are different classes and it really is fascinating to watch as these incredible sculptures start to emerge from a plain log! All the carvings will be auctioned off at the end of the show so it’s also an enthusiastic auction to see who will take home a unique and rather impressive carving for their garden.
The carvers will also be doing their usual thirty minute speed carves twice a day – but with carvers of this level from all over the world, these are also taken into a whole new league with some stunning smaller pieces being produced and again auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Scurry Bandits will be putting on an extended programme of events at Sandringham Game & Country Fair, highlights of which will be the Rock for Recovery Charity Dash on both days, and the Junior Lintran Challenge on the Saturday.
Saturday they will be running the normal scurries – including a 70metre long bale jump
Also the Sandringham Mayhem
This consists of a 15 dummy pickup, run by a 3 man team with 3 dogs: fire shot, start clock, stop clock only when all 15 dummies are hanging on peg. All dogs on course at the same time.
They will also be running the Sandringham Dash in the World of Dogs Arena: 3 dogs, 3 handlers, 9 dummy pick up. The charity to benefit will be Rock 4 Recovery
This will be run maybe once maybe twice depending on numbers
The Lintran Junior Challenge will also take place on the Saturday; this is the final for juniors who have won over the course of the year so is by invitation only. Judges Nat Cannon and Frank Hopkins from Lintran
Finals day: Water, long retrieve, bales and pick up junior novice and open
There is the possibility of open gun dog scurries being run alongside the finals: this is yet to be confirmed.
It was our second year at Hole Park, Rolvenden, and after a great show last year we were looking forward to it, despite some rather dramatic weather the week before!
I started out in the World of Dogs area, where we had a huge array of minor breeds this time! From Cesky terriers and Australian terriers to field spaniels and a number of others, all the stands were surrounded by people all day, coming to meet a different breed and find out more. One of the best kept secrets of the show, because they’re a little young to meet the public all day long, were these two adorable sealyham terrier puppies – Herbert and Ivy.
There was plenty of gun dog work going on, with everything from multi scurries to working gun dog tests. A gun dog training clinic with Sarah Winter had a steady queue of people seeking help and advice with their dogs; and Paul Makepeace and his team did a number of gun dog displays over the course of the weekend, demonstrating the various stages of training a gun dog puppy. He also worked with Chris Neal to show how gun dogs and birds of prey (or even ferrets) can be used together in the field, and it was great to have the clumber spaniels with us, demonstrating how well they work too.
Other highlights in the Dog Arena were the ever popular Chase the Bunny and Terrier races; The Ditto Diamonds Dog Display Team, with their obedience and agility to music and Tome Longton and his wonderful sheep dogs!
Over at the Fun Dog Show, we had a great afternoon on both days, although Saturday afternoon saw the addition of a new and hopefully one-off class – ‘How many people can you fit in a marquee during a thunderstorm?’ All good fun and we were soon back outside again to judge the ‘Best Asbo’ class (winner pictured). We were also delighted to raise a £300 donation for local Cinq Port Dog Rescue so thanks to all who came and joined in and made that possible.
Over the bridge and to the rest of the show, where in the Andy Singleton arena the horse-boarders were finding the wet and undulating ground a bit of a challenge with some spectacular falls – or ‘face plants’ as their commentator announced cheerfully (no-one hurt I hasten to add). StuntMania Motorcycle display team wowed again, as did the Coakham Bloodhounds, who made quite a spectacle galloping around the arena with their pack of dogs, who thoroughly enjoyed meeting and greeting all the children who came in to see them afterwards.
The piazza area was busy, as were the food halls and crafts. The Garden of England Woodturners were back with us after enjoying last year’s show; and the glassblowing tent was full for every hourly demonstration. Over in the fishing and angling areas, people enjoyed trying something new and a bit different; and we had a couple of new chainsaw carvers working alongside the usual team, so it was nice to watch them in their first speed carves, creating some amazing stuff.
One little gem I found, new to Kent, was ‘Mousetown’. A little green tent with a big sign hid a whole model village full of mice. It was magical, and as more of the commentators discovered and enjoyed it over the weekend, it got busier and busier!
Outside of Mousetown, in the Countryside arena, we had the other extreme in animal size as Harvey’s Shires were gently plodding around the field, showing how their ancestors have always worked; and the falcons, working ferrets and fishermen who followed also demonstrated country ways and traditional sports.
All in all it was a great show and we are all looking forward to next year. But of a break from Country Shows now until Cheshire at the end of August, but we have two fantastic food festivals coming up in Nottingham and Sandringham at the beginning of August, so if you are in the area check out the food festivals website and come along!
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?!