It was our first Country Show up in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and we were warmly welcomed! It’s certainly dog lovers’ country – the dog events were busy all day. Lurchers had huge crowds, chase the bunny was a fierce contest, Scurry Bandits were busy and the Fun Dog Show had full classes.
Saturday started reasonably early with a message from the boss to go and photograph Fiery Jack’s tent – it’s buzzing. It certainly was buzzing when I got there – but there wasn’t a child in sight! It was the young at heart who were enjoying Jack’s Medieval and Victorian games – and some fierce competition was mounting! It stayed busy all weekend.
In the Falconry Village, Chris Neal was flying one of his owls, to the delight of those watching, and a bit further round, the Muzzle Loaders had a fabulous display of old guns, as well as giving people the opportunity to fire one! Next to this, our new Countryside Marquee hosted net making, fly tying and a fascinating display of taxidermy. In the arenas we had scurry driving, Machine V Beast, the Mounted Games Association and Horseboarding, as well as the usual gun dog, ferret, angling and birds of prey displays. The chainsaw carvers were enjoying the sun, beside Moment in Time Living History with their fantastic new displays; and the pesky terriers and hounds were having their usual fussing. Hamsters always seem to draw a crowd and a few people left with new cages and a furry little pet.
On Sunday we were pleased to welcome special guest Tommy Cannon and his lovely family and friends. They enjoyed the lurchers, having three rescue lurchers of their own. Tommy also had a go at ferret racing, judged a class on the dog show an presented the awards at the lurcher showing and racing, surprised to find himself awarding a second place tone of his own dogs (handled by a friend) who had done rather well in the long jump! We are hoping Tommy will be back with us for some of our other shows this year.
All in all a fantastic show, ended with a rather delicious meal in the catering tent. How they mange to produce a full roast dinner for so many people in the middle of a field, I have no idea. But they’re good at it!
Next stop Hampshire for the Hampshire Game and Country Show – one of my favourites. See you there?