Mt Benger A&P Show a cracker
"Perfect." Just one word was needed from society president Dick Michelle to sum up Saturday’s 71st Mt Benger A&P Show.
"The weather’s great, the people are here and there is just so much going on, what more could anyone ask?" Mr Michelle said at the Roxburgh Sportsground.
"I am rapt with the local support we have received, and the number of clubs and individuals who have got in behind us."
Officially opening the event, Central Otago district councillor Stephen Jeffery said he could remember as a child the anticipation of Mt Benger Show day and riding a sheep or trying to catch the Greasy Pig.
"It is our yearly celebration of all things rural," Mr Jeffery said.
Continuing her family’s cooking tradition was 11-year-old Greer Orchard, who won first prize in the chocolate cake section. She was following in the footsteps of her aunt Rebecca Dance, grandmother Jean Dance and great-grandmother Nora Gordon over the years.
With the death of long-time vegetable grower Harold Gloag, new names have begun to appear on prize cards across many of the sections with Kirsten May and Curtis Crawford again taking out
Ken Harliwich drove his family’s 1916 White truck with his grandchildren on board in the Grand Parade at the show. most points and most entries, although sibling rivalry saw Kirsten’s sister, Vicky Whyte give them some serious competition.
With upgrading of the sports pavilion affecting some aspects of the show structure, Mr Michelle said the committee would meet as soon as possible to discuss ways of making next year’s show an equally good or better one.
A phone call to Gemma Smith in Queenstown on Thursday night invited her to "come with me to Roxburgh on Saturday and bring your horse".
It proved a successful outing, with Smith and her horse Eric the Viking winning five sashes.
"I have not competed at shows since I was 9, and that is 26 years ago, " Smith said as she wrapped the sashes around Eric’s neck.
She said she had kept up hacking by being involved in a riding club but had not considered entering the show until the phone call.
"So it was late entry and four to five hours work to get him ready. I have not plaited a mane since I was 9, but fortunately it is something you don’t forget."
She won the heavyweight hunter section, was second in the novice hunter, third in the best presented hunter and third in the best hunter suitable for cavalcade, as well as reserve hunter overall.
Late entry: GemmaSmith with Eric the Viking after a successful morning at the Mt Benger A&P Show.