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Selwyn Times: October 04, 2016

36 4 Tuesday [Edition

36 4 Tuesday [Edition datE] October 4 2016 SELWYN TIMES 2016 Spring Show - Celebrating Rural Women Saturday 15th October – Gates open 8am – Ellesmere Showgrounds, Leeston Changes in the equestrian section This year there are some changes in ring layout and new classes added, with organisers always looking to improve the equestrian aspect of the show. The main change will be the miniature/shetland and donkey ring, which will now be in the south-west corner past the vintage machinery area. The first of two new classes will be held in the main ring around 11am to showcase the ridden thoroughbred. With a lot more focus on what happens to horses after they finish their racing careers, this is generating support within the industry itself. The thoroughbred is bred to be an athelete, and provided the horses retire without major injury they can be retrained as excellent riding horses and many go on to be competitive sport horses. The other new class is Best Pair of Matched Ridden horses, which aims to encourage some fun in what can be a competitive discipline. In keeping with the theme of the show, president Paula McIlraith will award a special prize to the best lady rider of fences. Unique to the Ellesmere show is the trotting and pacing section, which is held in ring two at 1pm. There are inhand and driven classes, which have been well supported for many years by harness trainers Paul Nairn and Justin Smith as an opportunity to expose their potential young race horses to an atmosphere similar to a major race meet. There is also a section for ridden standardbreds held in the main ring, proving there is life after racing for the harness horse also. Jumping events include a 1.15m pony classes and a 1.30m-1.40m horse class starting at 12pm on Saturday in the Hound & Steed Creative Agency arena. There is good prize money thanks to FMG and Southfuels. The following day there will be three rings of competition ranging from small heights through to the young rider class, which goes up to 1.35m. Public admittance is free on Sunday. Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston www.selwynauto.com | office@selwynauto.com Woodchopping & more will draw the crowds Wood chopping is an extremely popular event at the Ellesmere Show, with large numbers of spectators coming to see some 30 male and female competitors in action. The Canterbury Axemen’s Association will be running the meeting, which involves more than just turning up on the day to chop logs. The logs have to be sourced, cut down, peeled and stored before the meeting, all achieved through members volunteering their time. The Ellesmere Show Committee also spends considerable time and effort preparing the grounds, sorting out the hosting requirements, and gaining sponsorship. Sponsors include Think Water Leeston, Canterbury Waterproofing, Ellesmere Motor Bodies, McMillan Drilling Group and Stihl Shop Fosters. Events will include standing and underhand chops, single and doublehanded sawing, and some extra women’s events, both sawing and chopping, to celebrate this year’s theme ‘Celebrating Rural Women’.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October [Edition datE] 4 2016 37 5 2016 Spring Show - Celebrating Rural Women Saturday 15th October – Gates open 8am – Ellesmere Showgrounds, Leeston Ellesmere Shears This year’s shearing competition is expected to be another prime event with a good showing of competitors expected throughout the grades. The Speed Shear will be a highlight, with competitors set to shear their sheep in under 40 seconds. A blade shearer will take on a machine shearer to see who can de-fleece a sheep the fastest. The open grade will see a number of world-class shearers in action. Sponsors are: BE & PM Pullin Shearing Ltd, Webster Shearin, Dunsandel Tavern, Mainland Wools, Westpac, Ellesmere Transport, Acto Agriculture. Sheep to feature strongly at show Sheep dog trials Ellesmere A&P Association Dog Trials competition includes District Maiden, District (Boon Trophy), Maiden (Barclay Cup) and Open class (DC Gilbert Challenge Cup). Shepherd and dog will have eight minutes to drive three sheep through two sets of hurdles and put them in the pen to complete the run. The dog trials event is well supported across the four classes with the district dogs running on Friday afternoon and the maiden and open classes on the Saturday. It is sponsored by Brian Brice of HRL Ltd Sheep entries are up significantly this year, due to president Paula McIlraith and husband Alistair’s involvement in the stud sheep industry. Their breeds, the Poll Dorset and Suffolk, are both having feature shows, attracting increased entries in these sections. The black and coloured sections also have a feature show. The champions from each breed’s section will contest the Donald Cameron Memorial trophy for the Supreme Sheep of the Show. The best ram hoggets from each breed will contest the Connelly Cup for meat breeds and the Ellesmere Livestock Trophy for wool breeds, sponsored by Peter Walsh & Associates. The best ewe hogget contest, the Adelong Trophies, is sponsored by Essential Nutrition. The specialised competitions, the Alliance Group Export Sire Competition, the ANZCO Foods Canterbury Hoof and Hook Lamb Competition, and the Rabobank Gift Lamb competition, will again be hotly contested. Dairy This year’s dairy section will bring registered breeders from as far north as Rangiora through to the Ellesmere District and surrounding areas of Methven. Major sponsor Agrisea will again contribute to the day, along with DBC, Semex Samen NZ, WWS, Genetic Enterprises, Tahora Farm, ABS, Vitec Nutrition, Aakland Chemicals and Riverbrae Dairy Farm Ltd. The Holstein classes will be judged by Peter Sheriff from the Sherraine Holstein Friesian Stud, Ohoka. The Jersey judge will be Robert Kelly from Oamaru. Robert has judged nationwide and has been invited back to this year’s show to judge the Jerseys. The Ayeshire breed will again be well represented by local exhibitors so the all breeds classes will ensure good class numbers. Richard Boyce will again be judging the calf club section with good entries throughout the different age groups. Beef cattle This year’s beef judge for the Ellesmere Show is Rob Burrows from Ashley. As an RAS judge Rob is an approved interbreed national beef judge. Originally from Culverden he currently runs the Beechwood Hereford and Charolais Studs. Associate judge is Marie Timperley of Oxford, who runs the Timperlea Angus Stud. Last year Marie won the Five Nations Beef Alliance Young Leader Scholarship, which allowed her to attend a conference in Mexico. The two main sponsors are Tavendale & Partners and Brown Glassford & Co.