Malvern A&P Show: 23 March 2013

The Malvern A&P Show is held at Sheffield Domain (Sheffield is a small village approximately 50kms west of Christchurch, on SH73 which heads over Arthur’s Pass and on to the West Coast).  In another life I was the secretary for the Southland A&P Association in Invercargill, so I know just how much work goes into the organising of these events, and also how many, many voluntary hours are put in by committee members and others.  With one-day shows such as these the weather can be absolutely crucial:  get a cold, wet day and people stay away, the stock don’t look their best, the stock handlers would rather be anywhere inside having a beer and a yarn to mates, the secretary gets really cranky because everyone keeps asking if it’s going to be called off because of the weather … it’s not pretty, let me tell you!  However, in Malvern’s case this year, they couldn’t have asked for a better day:  sun from dawn ’til dusk, crowds of excited, happy show-goers (and that was just the parents), contented stock, cool-as-cool stock handlers, very excited ice-cream vendors, and (I would imagine) a happy and satisfied president and committee at the completion of the day.

Here’s my attempt to sum it all up in a series of photos.

The Alpacas (who get a section all of their own ‘cos they’re SO cute!!)

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I’m watching you …

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Damn paparazzi, a girl can’t get a moment to herself around here!

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Haircut? Who says I need a haircut??!!

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Don’t you know that dreadlocks are in, man

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Ooh! Look at that gorgeous brown creature over there!

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I’m just going to keep on chewing and pretend I haven’t seen her …

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Psst! That pesky photographer’s back again!

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Is this my best side?

The Kids

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Fun Things to Do (if you’re a kid, that is)

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Lolly Scramble!!!

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Big and Beefy (and Beautiful!)

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Show Jumping

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Competitions:

Homecraft and School Children

Do you see the clever use of vegetables in this ‘floral’ display?

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Lawnmower Races

Competitors must build their own machines, although they may use existing lawnmowers as a base, and there must be no blades or cutting mechanisms:  other than that, creativity is the name of the game!  Some had no brakes, nor a reverse gear, and there was even mention of a V8 engine in one of them – how true that was, I’m not sure, but there was some pretty fierce competition out there …

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Terrier Races

This was a team effort, with two handlers per dog:  the dogs were tantalised first by having a dead and – according to the commentator – very smelly rabbit dragged across in front of them twice, and then raced in front of them down to the other handler who was stationed about 50 metres away.  The second handler then had to pick up their dog and run back to the starting line, so it wasn’t only a test of how fast the dogs were, but also how fast their handlers were too! :)

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All set on the starting line …

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The rabbit is dragged past once …

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… and then back again …

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… and then the race is on!

Dog High Jump

Two separate sections in this, one for small dogs and one for large – although it was pretty amazing how high some of those small dogs could jump!

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All the way up there? Are you kidding me??!!

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Four bales high? Yes, we can!

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Five bales high? Uh-oh – too much for these little legs!

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Five bales high? Easy-peasy for us big fellas!

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SIX bales high? Just made it!

The Band

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Interested Spectators

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Where would we be without them?

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Kudos to the St John Ambulance volunteers who turn up so willingly at so many events:  thanks, guys!

And finally, The Grand Parade!

Station Horses  Stock and Station Horses

Horses 5  Horses 3 Horses 2   Other Horses

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Miniature Horses (aren’t they cute?!)

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Grand Parade - Charolais Grand Parade - Angus

Grand Parade - Angus 2  Grand Parade - Hereford    Cattle

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Pet Lambs, Calves, Cows, Sheep and Dogs

And last, but not least – how’s this for a Horse Transporter Extraordinaire??!

Horse Transporter

Ah, yes, all the fun of a rural show – happy days!!

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