Merged A&P show proving popular format
Fine weather, a good crowd and an action-packed events programme made for another successful Southern Canterbury A&P show at the weekend.
Show president Charles Ruddenklau said the fine weather on Saturday drew a reasonable crowd to the show to view the market stalls, livestock, entertainment and various events that occurred throughout the day.
"Everything went very well. Our trade space was very good and I think there was more trades there than what we have had."
The show ran over the weekend at Kitchener Park, in Waimate. The main show day took place on Saturday while the equestrian events continued into yesterday.
The show was officially opened by North Otago farmer Jane Smith, who along with her husband Blair were the national winners of the 2012 Farm Environment Awards.
The event is in its second year since it was created following the amalgamation of the Waimate and Timaru A&P shows.
Mr Ruddenklau said the merger so far had proved to be a success.
"We have tweaked a few things in the show. The entertainment area now has its own site and that works very well."
He said people on the show committee had already had discussions on how to make the 2013 show even better.
Livestock section entries were on a par while others were slightly up on last year. The school painting section was also well supported by entries.
"That's good because if you get the young interested, it all bodes well for the future," Mr Ruddenklau said.
The home industries building was also officially re-named the Dempsey Pavilion in honour of the family's support of the show.
"The Dempsey family were great supporters of the show and they left quite a legacy to the A&P which was very much appreciated," Mr Ruddenklau said.
The show was also the venue of the North Otago district final of the 2013 Young Farmer contest. The final was won by Jared Clarke while Phil Wilson was runner-up.
Rolleston's Tegan Fitzsimon has every reason to smile after finishing first and third in the Horse Grand Prix show yesterday.
Fitzsimon was in a class of her own on her big black horse, Alacazam MH, producing the only clear in the first round. She finished with just one agonising time fault to take an early advantage. She backed that up with another super clear to take the win.
Halswell youngster Steffi Whittaker returned to winning form in the Pony Grand Prix aboard Moonlight Glow, turning the tables on Canterbury A&P Grand Prix winner Arabella Jarman (Kaiapoi) and The Shepherd. Both riders went double clear but it was Whittaker who took the honours with the fastest second round time, ahead of Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) on Buckle Up, third on four faults from the first round.
The Caledonian Amateur rider title went to local Kate Taylor (Kurow) on Next with a smart jump-off performance, while Olivia Robertson (Ohoka) on Mimoa won the KiwiSpan Junior Rider.
Results from the Horse Grand Prix (One Star) Series: Tegan Fitzsimon (Rolleston) Alacazam 1, Brittany Whelan (Dunedin) George Jetson 2, Tegan Fitzsimon (Rolleston) Dual Diamond 3, Stacey Anderson (Christchurch) Saddlery Barn Cruiser 4, Nicole White (Invercargill) Cricklewood Ace 5, Chris Harris (Alyesbury) Zilco Te Peka Lotto 6.
Gilltrap Audi South Island Mitavite Young Rider (One Star) Series: Rose Alfeld (Weedons) My Super Nova 1, Devon Van Til (Rangiora) Akubra 2, Brittany Whelan (Dunedin) George Jetson 3, Katie Meredith (Ohoka) Critter 4, Larissa Thoroughgood (Christchurch) Chrialka Jago 5, Katie Meredith (Ohoka) Streetwise 6.
Pony Grand Prix: Steffi Whittaker (Halswell) Moonlight Glow 1, Arabella Jarman (Kaiapoi) The Shepherd 2, Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) Buckle Up 3, Grace Percy (Queenstown) Paradise Brigadier 4, Emma Waite (Ashburton) Spring Brooke 5.
Caledonian Amateur Rider Series: Kate Taylor (Kurow) Next 1, Jenna Walls (West Melton) Baltimore 2, Jackie Wear Guscott 3, Jacquita Farquhar (Outram) Rustic Moonlight 4, Angela Lissington (Amberley) Donala Dundee 5, Elizabeth Bell (Rakaia) Double Bass 6.
KiwiSpan Junior Rider Series: Olivia Robertson (Ohoka) Mimoa 1, Sally Spicer (Christchurch) Weiti Eros 2, Thomas Kerr (Ashburton) Magic Moments 3, Rose Alfeld (Weedons) Capprera 4, Arabella Jarman (Kaiapoi) Two For One 5,