Weather gods smile on A&P show
The sun shone and the crowds poured through the gate to the 140th annual Marlborough A&P show at the Blenheim showgrounds on Friday and Saturday.
Marlborough A&P Association president Sam Rutherford said "we couldn't have asked for a better day", on Saturday.
Entertainment ranged from a nail-biting win for New South Wales against the South Island in a wood-chopping event, to a chaotic terrier race.
Blair Walker and Talia Staufer said their 15-month-old daughter Peyton loved getting up close with the animals, including a "ginormous pig".
A litter of huntaway puppies was a firm favourite in the Young Farmers animal nursery.
The Nelson-Marlborough rescue helicopter was a big beneficiary of the day.
Money from auctioning triple-fleeced merino wether The Watcher, from the backblocks of Muller Station, and his 13.5 kilograms of wool went to the trust, as well as $1000 of entry fees in a gift lamb class and public donations.
After shearing The Watcher, Kaikoura MP and past shearing world champion Colin King said "that was one to the sheep and one to the shearer".
A young boy had his day spoilt by someone punching him in the face and trying to take his money. Show security staff could not find the attacker and organisers called the police.
A 15-year-old Blenheim girl who fell heavily from her horse was taken by ambulance to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, where she was treated and discharged.
Mr Rutherford said horse entries were up 25 to 30 per cent on last year.
Ron Small of Blairich Station won the grand champion sheep ribbon with a merino ram that will compete at the Canterbury A&P show next weekend.
Kerry Robbins of Rai Valley was awarded the grand champion dairy prize for a cow co-owned with Ray Hocking.
The Marlborough Express