South of England Society Autumn Show

AUTUMN SHOW & GAME FAIR

ENJOY THE PICK OF THE CROP

Next show 1 & 2 October 2016!

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SUN, SMILES AND RECORD CROWDS AT AUTUMN SHOW & GAME FAIR

Autumn sunshine and a fun-packed line up of countryside displays and activities attracted record crowds of 18,400 to this year’s Autumn Show & Game Fair on 3 & 4 October.

People of all ages came to have a go at some of the UK’s most popular country pursuits including terrier racing, clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry, archery, gundog scurries and dog agility.

Seasonal food, family fun and a wide range of traditional country pursuits were on offer with over 230 trade stands providing great shopping at this popular show, which celebrates the Autumn harvest.

Huge crowds gathered to watch exciting new shows in the main ring, including Henrietta Cropper, the youngest competitor representing England in the final of the BBC’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ last week. She and her mother, Katy Cropper, entertained visitors with their sheep and geese herding on horseback with trained trials sheepdogs.

Another new display in the ring was the Parelli South East Demo Team showing their unique programme, which can inspire superb horse and human partnership. The Ridgeside Lurcher display, cavalcade of hounds, donkey show, terrier show, dog agility, kite flying and birds of prey demonstrations and much more entertained the crowds.

The South of England Agricultural Society continued to celebrate their chosen theme for 2015 of ‘The Next Generation’ and winners of their annual Student Assignment Project from Plumpton College, Sparsholt College and Brinsbury at Chichester College were presented with their prizes.

A variety of rabbits, poultry and farm animals were on display, together with a collection of vintage agricultural vehicles. Visitors also enjoyed spectacular displays from the National Vegetable Society and the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, creative craft displays from the WI as well as a great range of shopping, including countryside fashion and equipment, regional foods and rural crafts.