It was our second year at Henham Park in Suffolk and great to be back. It’s a pretty awesome entrance, walking over the huge bridge, watching the fishermen teaching children how to fish on the way in, and more often than not being greeted by our big yellow dog, Hektor, or our very own jester, Fiery Jack on the way over!
We had two lots of shire horses this time, which was just brilliant. Harvey’s Shires were back for their second show, demonstrating how their magnificant horses are used in pulling dreys and carts for breweries. In the past they were a regular sight on England’s streets, but no longer, and it was a treat to see and hear some of the history behind them.
Another use for shire horses, and still used today is shire horse logging, where horses are used to go into places where machinery can’t get safely, and haul the logs out. Again, a fascinating demonstration and it was lovely watching the faces of the small children as they came to meet those gentle giants.
The fun dog show was busy, with dogs of all shapes and sizes, from the tiniest chihuahua I’ve ever seen to stunning wolf dogs (half german shepherd, half timberland wolf). They raised so much interest we gave the owner the microphone to tell us about them! Gorgeous dogs and so soft, they lapped up the attention! Everyone walked away with a smile on their face and often a rosette on their dog’s collar.
The main arena was typically busy all day, with scurries, chase the bunny, Machine Vs Beast and the second round of the horseboarding UK championships. An extreme sport, even if you didn’t find it thrilling to watch it’s worth staying just to hear their commentator!
Of course, there was loads to have a go at, the shooting stands were busy all day, and Adrian in the archery tent was proudly showing off his new ‘toy’ before helping people have a go at shooting ‘dinosaurs’ with a bow and arrow.
The craft and food tents were busy all day. My favourite fudge stall was back with their new tirimasu flavoured fudge, so I had to walk past that one quite a few times! The glass blowing was also popular, and the blacksmiths were busy both days.
Up in the World of Dogs area the lurchers were doing coursing and racing. Some of those dogs are total professionals and reach phenomonal speeds… but we all start somewhere, and it was great watching the puppies and younger dogs having their first go, with various levels of success. Whatever the stage of the dogs, the team from Lure Crazy were more than happy to offer advice and encouragement and I think more than one owner will be back for more at future shows.
We have a new and much bigger team of security dogs at the Country Shows this year, and it was great to meet some of them over the weekend (pictured left about to start work after the show in the evening). These are experienced handlers and even our Hektor was no match for them…
So that’s Suffolk Show over for another year, and the show came down quickly ready to move up the road to the Sandringham estate for the Sandringham Spring Craft Fair next weekend. With huge craft marquees, amazing food halls and other attracttions such as Fiery Jack and the Shire Horses again, it is well worth a visit!