Epworth Agricultural Show 2013

Hang on a minute whilst the cat pushes me far enough forward for her to snuggle up behind me in the same chair!…..Ok I think she is sorted now, I’ll begin.

I took myself off to the Epworth Agricultural Show early on Monday morning after being reminded by seeing  a post from Holly McSweeny on Facebook the previous evening…Thanx for that Holly otherwise I would have missed it!

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So just to remind you guys put your mouse over the photo and double left click that will make it LARGE OK? There are lots to see today so I’m going to put plenty of “thumbnail” sized ones, but follow the above and they will burst out of your screen!

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The first familiar face I spotted was Jade, who had her nose in her aye-phone, Dad was stood nearby and said hello, his coming together with a pony hoof has left no lifetime damage.

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              Both Jade and Holly look on as the competition begins.

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                                                       No problem!

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Still no problem the girls said, we can give it a go

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Mind you lots of riders were having a problem with the little grey wall and quite a few put the brakes on…perhaps they could see a black bin bag just the other side?

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                                                                Yes yes yes no!

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Jade sets off quite well but a refusal shortly afterwards brought her round to an end!

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I think perhaps that this is the way Id do it, with my neck screwed firmly in….head well down…bum in the air..eyes firmly shut just and just floor it!!!

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              For others the grey wall just wasn’t a problem at all!

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                                                  Eazy Peazy Lemon Squeezy!

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The unpredictability of the young pony’s and the girls efforts to stay in the saddle and look cool at the same time made it more fun to watch as opposed to the sheer grace going off behind me with the big fella’s in the other ring, very beautiful but not half as exciting!

 

 

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I have to say I find it a bit frustrating when I find I finally have a good shot of the pony only to see you all either looking down or looking round to the next fence, can you please just look ahead and smile for the blinking camera please. On the other hand feel free to tell me otherwise!

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After each round the course was set differently and heights of the bars changed, the ladies then walked the course to make sure of distances and to make sure they went the right way!

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                                         Then they were off again!

 

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My friend Sophie was stood by me practicing with her camera, her pony was lame unfortunately and needed resting otherwise she would be ducking and diving round the arena with the other girls!

 

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Not everyone had  black jackets on, some had red or blue, I have no idea why so don’t ask me. Though I’m sure one of the young riders will explain to me at any moment!

 

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                     Way hey! This ones wearing matching ear muffs…..

 

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Finally here comes my friend Rhiannee. She and RUBEN were going to show us some bustin moves in the arena!!!

 

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They both look to the right to see if the judge in his commentary box is looking before they show everyone their amazing trick

 

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But first she warms up and jumps a couple of poles to keep everyone interested, trying hard not to give the surprise away!

 

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Before our very eyes before Ruben lands Rhiannee “shimmies” up his neck!!

 

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                 Up she goes out of the saddle and up RUBENS neck

 

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Rhiannee works her way back down his neck as RUBEN moves to the next fence…Miss Velco Bum or what!!

 

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She jumped the next fence with feet free, sorting herself out on the turn around before jumping the last fence calm as you like and with a smile on her face. Give the girl a round of applause!!!

 

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After the dramas in the pony arena and Rhiannee’s exciting circus stunt I decided to wonder around the showground ans se what else was happening. Here is a parade of well-groomed horses and little Shetlands doing something more sedate.

 

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Behind the calm of the ring, frantic grooming and last-minute alterations are going on, They put in lots of hard work to make the animals look their best. So thanks for all your effots peeps!

 

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                 I paused at No 1 arena to see how the grown ups do it

 

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                                                  Hey up it’s that Rhiannee again!

 

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                                                      Sausages!

 

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    Does anyone dare jump with Shire horses I wonder? By the way I      think he said this was mum and daughter jogging around the centre show ring.

 

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                                        A really handsome fella don’t you agree?

 

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                                                      Llama or Alpacka’s?

 

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                                                                Father and son

A proud moment for dad as his son took to the arena, I spoke to him later to ask why the white coat, he said his son asked to join him this year in the arena and show some of their fine-looking sheep…The white coat is worn as tradition he told me.

 

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                               What do you mean the losers go to market???

 

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                                                          Winners!

                  I think these two young farmers won this afternoons competition.

 

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It wouldn’t be a proper show without the vintage cars now would it?

 

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                             Its toilet time and the poor fella is spoilt for choice

 

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Ancient farm machines are in abundance at agricultural shows too this is an old Bristol, he told me its the only one of its kind in the world. He said it used to be used for covering up celery as it grew. They used to bury it as it grew to keep it white! I bet you didn’t know that eh?

 

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                                               Meet Titan the Robot

 

This robot was a hit with the kids, and a fascination to everyone else who thought at first it was a man with a suit on but It really was a robot, hand on heart I can say there was nobody inside, the guy worked it from his buggy, it sang, quoted phrases in famous voices, squirted water and moved around just like a person, at the end it turned around and stepped onto the back of the buggy and away it went, funny and a little bit freaky at the same time I thought. Just double-click the left mouse button on one of the photos and make up your own mind.

 

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                                                 Fairground Attraction!

 

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Kids love fairground rides, unfortunately not all parents do, it looks this lady is about to be sick, best I move out-of-the-way before I catch a face full of her dinner!

 

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                              Her first day of being a chav. Bless her!!

 

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                                              Is it time to go home for tea yet Mum

So there you have it then, The Epworth Agricultural show of 2013, the weather was fantastic and there was a good turn out I arrived at 09’00hrs and left at 17.30hrs so for £6 I think I got my monies worth!

 

 

 

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