Inangahua A&P Show Reefton


showtime reefton A&P show

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.

farm machinery reefton a&p show

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”.

flower show reefton A&P show

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!

a wood chopper reefton a&p show

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.

wood choppers in action reefton a&p show

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!

wood chopping at Reefton A&P show

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.

sheep shearing reefton A&P show

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.

sheep shearing at Reefton A&P show

The masterful technique the shearers used shows in the calmness of the sheep – like they can sense they are in good hands.

rodders Reefton A&P show

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.

minature horses show reefton A&P show

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.

minature horses Reefton A&P show

It is surprisingly popular too with quite a few entrants.

axe hits wood at wood chopping reefton a&p show

After watching more of the wood chopping and another stint at the sheep shearing we headed over to the show jumping.

show jumping reefton A&P show

show jumper Reefton A&P show

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.

dressage event reefton A&P show

In another ring was a dressage competition with the younger riders – and some of these kids were super little and super cute.

lead horses reefton A&P show

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.

Reefton A&P show

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.

 

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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6 Responses to Inangahua A&P Show Reefton

  1. We call them County Fairs and I absolutely share your passion. Love them growing up and still do! Cotton candy? Was there any? 🙂 –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      We call it Candy Floss – had one of our guests in stitches over that! Yes it was there and also at the Westport show. I indulged my inner child at Westport but stayed strong this time around……

  2. Pam says:

    Love this blog Jan! Brings back memories of real Heartland New Zealand. These are the experiences that our visitors love – meeting the real locals – hearing the local slang.

  3. bulldog says:

    and thanks jan and Stephen for making a show / fair in NZ seem so enticing from here in SA…

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