It’s showtime! Loving summer and loving these A&P shows. Ok so this is only our second but our second this summer and considering we haven’t been for years.
This time is the turn of the Inangahua A&P show being held in Reefton. Agriculture & Pastoral show – hence there are a lot of farm machinery on display – awesome! I could be a farmer just so I get to play with some of these “toys”.
These shows are great trips down memory lane as I always loved attending these when growing up as a kid. More often than not we actually had entries in them – in the flower arranging competition and the baking. Mum often won awards/cups in the baking and us girls (three of us) vied for the awards/cups in the children’s flower arranging. Was a real giggle seeing the awards here evoking all those memories from long ago….. ok you lot not that long ago!
Something we didn’t have at our A&P shows is the wood chopping – if so, I’d be hooked! I’m hooked now and could sit and watch these guys and girls for hours.
Love how it isn’t the more muscular looking guys that do the fastest chop, it is all about strength and technique and more often than not it was the older guys cutting through the quickest – or in this case the young lady!
Another really great thing with the wood chopping is the number of young people learning the trade and out there competing. Fantastic to see these traditions being carried through the ages.
The other great display, and in the same respect of seeing the competition coming up through the ages, is the sheep shearing. Love the comradeship amongst these guys too, each egging the other one on but the care taken with the sheep – these guys were real professionals and a pleasure to watch. While they were trying to shear the sheep in the fastest time possible they took pride in their work and were gentle with the animal.
The masterful technique the shearers used shows in the calmness of the sheep – like they can sense they are in good hands.
We of course got our fix of big boys toys too with a display from the Buller Rodders Club. Wasn’t a huge display as there was a Rodders show on in Nelson at the same time so it was nice that there were some cars there on display – gleaming in the sunshine.
It was another super hot day and we ended up spending quite some time just sitting and watching the miniature horses show. These guys are super cute although I haven’t quite figured them out – they have enormous bodies for such little legs.
It is surprisingly popular too with quite a few entrants.
After watching more of the wood chopping and another stint at the sheep shearing we headed over to the show jumping.
Some seriously beautiful beasts here – very majestic looking and very graceful as they attempted each jump. My heart is in my mouth with each jump but these horses were making it look easy.
In another ring was a dressage competition with the younger riders – and some of these kids were super little and super cute.
This wee fella lit up all smiles as soon as he saw the camera. Stephen asked if it would be ok for him to take a photo and the little boy was quite the professional – yes with a huge smile, sitting up straight and posing beautifully. This is a future performer in the making for sure.
We were pretty much done by now – it had been a long day in the sunshine and we were ready to find a cafe and sit down in the shade with a cool drink and nice piece of cake – we knew exactly where to head to. Can’t go to Reefton without going to the Broadway Tearooms and Bakery – we were not disappointed, as delicious and friendly as always. Thanks Reefton for another great day.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring and supporting the many events happening on the West Coast.