Monday, 02 August 2021

All the fun of the show - Henley Show 2015

A COUPLE celebrated after their cow picked up her fourth champion?s crown at this year?s Henley Show

A COUPLE celebrated after their cow picked up her fourth champion?s crown at this year?s Henley Show.

Mike and Jennie Spooner?s five-year-old Aberdeen Angus Kingwood Willa was awarded native breed champion.

Her previous successes came in 2011, when she was named beef champion and the following year when she not only retained that title but also won supreme champion.

Mrs Spooner said: ?We?ve never had an animal with such a consistent record as her.?

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The cattle judging was one of the highlights of the 124th annual show, which took place at the Greenlands Farm showground, near Hambleden, on Saturday.

There were scores of competition classes for cattle, sheep, poultry, heavy horses, caged birds, produce and horticulture.

This year?s supreme champion was 18-month-old Limousin cross Priceless, owned by the Hicks family, of Kingwood Farm in Wyfold.

The 800kg heifer was shown by 18-year-old Georgina Hicks who was surprised to receive the top prize.

?It?s a great achievement,? she said. ?We thought she would perhaps win champion of the commercial section because she was so good but not champion overall.?

Georgina added: ?She?s my baby.?

Her mother Sam said: ?All that hard work has paid off. It makes it all worthwhile and I?m proud of her.?

Another repeat winner at the show was gardener Tim Saint, from Playhatch, who took three prizes in the produce tent.

His 388lb pumpkin and 87lb marrow were both the heaviest and he also had the longest marrow at 39 inches.

Mr Saint, 34, who has been been entering the show for a decade, said he was ?chuffed? even though he didn?t beat his winning pumpkin from 2010, which weighed 467lb. He planted his pumpkin and marrow seeds in April and fed the plants with cow manure.

He said: ?I would say this is probably my best season in three or four years. The conditions have been good ? plenty of rain, plenty of sun ? it has been virtually perfect."

Other attractions at this year?s show included vintage tractors and cars, showjumping, falconry, ferret racing, a dog show, the food and farming marquee and trade stalls.

There were performances by the Hurst Morris People, the Oxfordshire Jazz Collective and the Corunna Band and displays by Freddie?s Farm, the Gamegoer working dogs and Richard Savory?s popular Sheep Show.

A new addition to the show was a display of Renee Snouckaert?s rare Valais Blacknose Sheep, which she imported from Holland. Mrs Snouckaert, who runs Noblesse Stud in Checkendon, had three ewes to show visitors.

She said: ?I really wanted to show them to everyone because there?s very few of them in this country. I?m doing the rounds to show how lovely and easy to handle the sheep are.

?The most comments I had were about how big they are.

?The sheep love the attention, they love posing. They really are prima donnas!?

Andrew Ingram, chairman of the Henley and District Agricultural Association, which organises the show, said: ?The show went extremely well.

?The weather was reasonably kind to us. It was a bit of a murky start but then it got progressively better.

?Everything seemed to run very smoothly in the main ring, where there were a lot of animals. The produce tent, the food and wine and the shopping arcade were very well supported.?

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