The official opening of the 2015 Hound Show and Country Sports zone at the South of England Show takes place on Thursday 11 June at a ribbon-cutting ceremony underneath an impressive new wrought iron archway, which has been built in memory of Antony Sandeman.
Antony, who died unexpectedly last year aged 57, was an active farmer and joint-master of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt for 19 seasons, retiring at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Antony’s two daughters, Teresa and Hemma will perform the ceremony and stand proud with the hunting and farming community as their father is remembered.
Anthony served on the Masters of Foxhounds Association Committee and has been both Chairman and Clerk of the Course at the hunt’s point-to-point at Parham, West Sussex.
Antony was a member of the South of England Agricultural Society’s Council, a respected breeder and judge of hounds, and was Chairman of the South of England Hound Show, judging the dog hounds at last year’s Peterborough Hound Show.
He was a truly respected gentleman who was always on hand to help out anyone at anytime. He and his sense of humour will be greatly missed by all his friends at the South of England Showground in Ardently, especially those in the hunting and farming circles.
Local blacksmith, Malcolm Johnson from Newtimber Forge in West Sussex, has crafted the stunning new archway. Malcolm has worked tirelessly with Gary Lee of the South of England Hound Show and his wife, Fee over the past few months to achieve a permanent and long lasting tribute for Antony.
Said Gary Lee, “No detail has been overlooked and no change has been too much, there has been much tweaking! We now have a long lasting legacy to remember Antony’s passion of everything to do with hounds.
“I know that Antony would be delighted that it was a local and rural tradesman that designed such a beautifully crafted tribute and I know that I shall always be proud to walk under the arch and glance back to a very special friend and one that was utterly engaging to most.”
The South of England Hound Show is the first in the calendar of five Hound Shows held throughout the country under the direction of the Master of Foxhounds Association. The Show is located in the Country Sports zone near Blue Gate behind Lindfield Square. It has an arena, grandstand with fully licensed bar and catering facilities.
Thursday is Foxhound Day and Friday is Beagle Day and packs come from all over the region. Hunt staff attend every day and visitors can watch hounds being judged and visit the kennels. Everybody is very welcome to watch from the stand, talk to staff and learn about the importance of hound breeding and judging. There are also the popular Hound Parades that take place in the main Ardingly ring daily with the Foxhound Cavalcade on Saturday.
During the three glorious days of the show the Society will throw the spotlight on the best of the British agriculture, equestrianism, education, food and drink, country crafts, sports and many other activities.
Under 16s can enter for FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult) and with a 10% discount for online bookings the Society hopes to open up accessibility to the show allowing more young people and families to come and enjoy a fantastic day out.
Gates open at 9am and close at 6.30pm daily and there is free parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. For further information and for advance ticket discounts visit www.seas.org.uk
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Official Opening of the Archway to the Hound Show at the entrance to the Country Sports Zone, Lindfield Square
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