Tra­di­tional val­ues re­main part of show

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

Keep­ing tra­di­tions go­ing is fore­most in the minds of the or­gan­is­ers of the 103rd Mata­mata A&P Show on Oc­to­ber 9.

And it’s those tra­di­tions of town meet­ing coun­try that has been a proven win­ning for­mula for a great day out.

The show en­com­passes ev­ery­thing that is ru­ral and brings it to the town­ship of Mata­mata along with its tra­di­tional val­ues.

On site visi­tors will be treated to ev­ery­thing on show from the best in cat­tle and sheep plus the com­pet­i­tive eques­trian rid­ers.

For lovers of the bat­tle be­tween sheep and man there is the tra­di­tional sheep­dog trial which is al­ways a fas­ci­nat­ing bat­tle of mind and wills.

But it’s not just about herd­ing sheep, the rac­ing stripes are brought out for the ever pop­u­lar sheep rac­ing.

A ma­jor fea­ture of the day is the pop­u­lar eques­trian events fea­tur­ing the cream of the Waikato’s top event rid­ers and their horses.

The cir­cuit starts at the be­gin­ning of the day with the ju­niors ex­hibit­ing their skills with their ponies to the more sea­soned com­peti­tors show­ing off their tal­ents as they com­pete for the cov­eted red rib­bon.

And if you need a break away you can check out the many stalls where you can safely get close up and per­sonal with prize win­ning cat­tle and sheep - al­ways a favourite.

For the young­sters, there is the an­i­mal pet­ting cor­ner where

‘‘A ma­jor fea­ture of the day is the pop­u­lar eques­trian events.’’

there are al­ways op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A fea­ture this year is the in­clu­sion of Sam and his farm yard friends which will guar­an­tee a great mem­ory for the young­sters.

Lo­cal busi­ness and ru­ral re­lated ex­hibitors will pro­vide an great photo ar­ray of big boys’ toys and farm­ing in­no­va­tions. It will be an ex­cel­lent chance for peo­ple to see and ex­pe­ri­ence some of the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the ru­ral in­dus­try.

And if that is not enough then there is the ever friendly coun­try peo­ple who al­ways make visi­tors to their world wel­come with a hot bev­er­age and food.

Town meets Coun­try The Mata­mata A & P Show has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

The won­der­ful event has been go­ing 103 years but it’s a suc­cess­ful tra­di­tion with no rea­son to change.

The eques­trian sec­tion at the Mata­mata A&P Show drew big num­bers in 2015.

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