So the 2015 season is underway! It was wonderful to be back into it this weekend at the magnificent Thoresby Hall, with old friends and new, and although the weather was a little iffy at times, a good time was had by all. We loved the shire horses from Harvey’s Shires, and it was fascinating to hear about how they were used in years gone by. They had a lot of visitors between shows and loved the attention!
We were delighted to welcome the lurchers back this year, with a new team from Lure Crazy in Devon. They did racing, showing, hurdles and long jump and it was fantastic to watch, although the wind presented something of a challenge on the Sunday. Did you know that the record jump for a lurcher is twenty-three feet?! I was suitably impressed by that, and amazed at the flying lurchers as they competed.
Another highlight in the World of Dogs Area was the gun dog clinic, run at Thoresby by Anthea Shelley of Brockhills Gundogs. She ran a number of demonstrations throughout the weekend, introducing her youngest trainee to an instantly smitted audience!
The terrier show was back on of course, doing showing as well as racing, and very popular all day. The fun dog show was running both days too, raising money for Jericho House Drug Rehab centre in Derby. I am always impressed by people’s creativity in the fancy dress, and this little ‘lion’ was a prime example. The hounds were very popular, and quite a sight to see in the Andy Singleton Arena, with their accmpanying horses, and the cesky terriers were also busy making friends all day – pictured here with Courtney and Holly, who I think were both in love with them.
Horseboarding UK launched their 2015 championships at Thoresby, running both a novice and an elite class one after the other. It’s always fun to watch – and the commentator is always fun to listen to (especially after Wales have won the rugby!) Of course, not everyone makes it around the course – and to certain degrees of sympathy from the rider!
The falconry tent was busy as ever and the falconers are always happy to talk about their birds of prey. This owl was flying the length of the marquee over the heads of the delighted crowds and a rather surprised dog! Quite incredible when you consider that dogs are natural predators to birds. their displays in the Countryside arena were again full of information and great to watch, although the wind didn’t make life easy on the Sunday!
The food halls were crowded and I have to admit to spending some time tasting – just to see if everything was up to te usual high standard. It was. I spent a fortune. Some of those traders should be on the stage – their patter is just brilliant.
So all in all a good show and a great start to the season. Now we’re looking forward to the Suffolk Country Show in Henham in a couple of weeks.