Thousands celebrate 50th Anniversary Show in the sun!
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall led celebrations for the South of England Show’s 50th anniversary this week [8-10 June] by getting hands on with all aspects of food and farming. As President for the South of England Agricultural Society 2017, she toured the spectacular annual showcase of British agriculture and the countryside, which attracted huge crowds in sunny, summer weather.
Hundreds of rosettes and trophies were presented across the Showground for competitions including showjumping, cattle, sheep, goat, pig and poultry breeds, wool fleeces, horticultural displays, trade stands, arts and crafts and much more.
Rocco Dettori, 12-year-old son of famous jockey Frankie Dettori, won gold on Saturday in the fast-paced micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, whilst three young Sussex women scooped gold, silver and bronze in this year’s Young Craftsman of the Year competition. The winner was 20-year-old Mahum Bahti from Camelia Botnar Foundation in Cowfold and all were presented with their awards by celebrity comedian Romesh Ranganathan on Saturday 10th June.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall officially unveiled a permanent display showing the Society’s achievements during the last 50 years and she also planted a vine to officially represent the ‘millionth vine’ planted in the UK this year with United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA), the UK wine industry’s central organisation.
The Society showcased its charitable work and continued support for the next generation throughout the three days of the Show with hundreds of students from schools and colleges across the region involved in competitions and exhibits.
There was also spectacular new entertainment in the main ring this year with The Devil’s Horsemen, Britain’s top equestrian stunt and trick team, seen in many movies and TV series, including the new Wonder Woman movie, who performed breath-taking displays to music, dressed as Cossacks.
Over 1,500 horses and ponies took part in the equestrian showcase that forms an enormous part of the three-day extravaganza, featuring dozens of classes from impressive heavy horse turnouts to the fast paced inter-hunt relay, superb showjumping to beautiful hackneys.