The South of England Agricultural Society will continue to celebrate their chosen theme for 2015 of the ‘Next Generation’ at the Autumn Show & Game Fair taking place at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex on 3 and 4 October.
The Society is delighted to welcome to the show nationally acclaimed sheepdog handler and trainer, Katy Cropper, and her young daughter, Henrietta, with their popular sheep and geese herding display on horse back using trained trials sheepdogs.
Katy was the first woman to win the well known ‘One Man and His Dog’ competition in 1990 and it seems twelve year old Henrietta is following in her footsteps as the youngest ever contestant to reach the finals of this year’s competition which will be featured on BBC’s Countryfile on 27 September.
Said Michelle Nudds, Chair of the Autumn Show & Game Fair Committee, “We are really excited to welcome Katy and Henrietta to the show this year as it will be their first public appearance after the ‘One Mag and His Dog’ competition finals and we are all crossing fingers for Henrietta.
“Their engaging display includes members of the audience, usually children, who are invited to work alongside the dogs, providing great family fun and entertainment as well as offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about sheep dog training and handling from one of the most highly regarded professionals in the UK.”
Top tips and demonstrations from other rising stars at the show will include young 12-year-old gundog handler Josh Carter from Warrenby Gundogs who has been performing with his dogs at the show since he was four years old and has won dozens of awards and competitions up and down the country this year.
Also on hand will be 14 year old Luke Hill, who had a go at fly casting two years ago at the South of England Show and went on to be mentored by professional game angling coach, Alan Purnell. He has since been selected for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team for the home International which concludes next year in Ireland.
The top three submissions in each category of the Society’s Student Assignment Competition will receive their awards at a prize-giving ceremony on the Sunday of the show. Particularly relevant to the Society’s ‘Next Generation’ theme, this competition is open to students on higher and further education courses at land based colleges and is designed to encourage individual research to improve knowledge and develop study skills.
Thousands of visitors and their dogs are expected at the Autumn Show & Game Fair where under 16s can enter for free (when accompanied by a paying adult) and come and have a go at some of the best aspects of British country life including gundog scurries, terrier racing, clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, fly fishing, falconry, farriery and dog agility.
The Society is keen to encourage people of all ages to get involved with their work by visiting the show and learning how they can support the charity by becoming a member, which includes free entry to all four major shows throughout the year. PLUS if you sign up for next year at the Autumn Show & Game Fair they will also give you free entrance into the new Winter Fair taking place on 5 & 6 December.
Admission to Autumn Show & Game Fair: FREE entry for under 16s (when accompanied by a paying adult). FREE parking. Senior citizens and students £8. Adults £10. Save 10% when you book online before the show at www.seas.org.uk and choose any one day to come.