Tak­ing the reins at show a fam­ily tra­di­tion

Northern Outlook - - AMBERLEY A & P SHOW -

Atra­di­tion that be­gan in 1901 will con­tinue to­mor­row when the Am­ber­ley A&P Show comes to the Am­ber­ley Do­main.

Well over 100 A&P shows have been held in the area but, for Lucy Turn­bull, this year’s A&P pres­i­dent, Satur­day’s event will be the most im­por­tant of them all.

At 33 years of age, she will be rep­re­sent­ing a fam­ily that is steeped in show his­tory. Lucy her­self has been at­tend­ing the Am­ber­ley Show for as long as she can re­mem­ber and she is walk­ing in the foot­steps of her great un­cle, Jock (A. J. Turn­bull), and her fa­ther, Rod (R. R. Turn­bull), who were the show pres­i­dents in 1957 and 2001 re­spec­tively.

Lucy has grad­u­ated through the show­ing ranks via pet lambs, pet calves and an oblig­ing hunt­away dog to her pride and a joy, a year­ling colt that is now a five-yearold stal­lion and a vet­eran of the Can­ter­bury show cir­cuit.

‘‘I’ve al­ways loved the Am­ber­ley Show which is the high­light of my year,’’ she says.

‘‘To be able to give back to the show as its pres­i­dent has just been awesome.’’

Lucy sub­scribes to the phi­los­o­phy that chang­ing a proven win­ning for­mula will not nec­es­sar­ily en­hance the prod­uct.

‘‘The Am­ber­ley Show is all about tra­di­tion – sheep, cows, horses and a pipe band,’’ she says.

How­ever, she has been work­ing on some spe­cial projects into which she has been pour­ing all her en­ergy into.

‘‘The big one this year is to bring six food trucks out from Christchurch. They’ll be park­ing next to the main ring and we’ll set up a mar­quee there so peo­ple can be out of the sun or out of the rain de­pend­ing on how the weather is on the day,’’ Lucy says.

‘‘The food they serve is just amaz­ing. It’s fresh, de­li­cious and rea­son­ably priced. I hope it’ll go re­ally well so we can make it an an­nual fea­ture.’’

Liberty Dogs will be wheel­ing out their Cuban sand­wiches, hot­dogs and chur­ros driz­zled in choco­late, salted caramel or straw­berry sauce while The Whole Hog ‘‘spe­cialises in lo­cally sourced free-range and free­farmed pork prod­ucts.’’

The Vagabond Chefs have made their name from serv­ing ‘‘top notch street food’’ and Polka Ltd pro­duces tra­di­tional Pol­ish cui­sine that is de­scribed as de­li­cious.

Tommy Taco serves up ‘‘con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can with good vibes’’ while 2 Broke Blokes is an ‘‘up to date trendy food van with the aim of pro­vid­ing qual­ity in­no­va­tive cui­sine to the masses’’.

Lucy has also been a driv­ing force be­hind the emer­gency ser­vices hub which will in­clude fire trucks and the St Johns big con­trol unit. At 1.45pm, in the Robin Need­ham ring, ‘‘vic­tims’’ will be cut from a car wreck us­ing cut­ters, the jaws of life and spread­ers.

‘‘You’ll be able to see what hap­pens at an ac­ci­dent and how skilled these peo­ple are,’’ she says.

The pet ring is an­other pop­u­lar fea­ture for which Lucy took re­spon­si­bil­ity three years ago. Var­i­ous classes of dog will be as­sessed at mid­day on The Ter­race, cul­mi­nat­ing in the han­dler classes in which com­peti­tors will be judged on how they han­dle their dogs.

The cham­pion and re­serve cham­pion will be de­clared af­ter which the Pan­teg Houndler Cup will be pre­sented for the best bond be­tween han­dler and hound.

En­tries will be taken on the day from 11am and a $2 en­try fee charged.

The Mounted Ri­fles Char­i­ta­ble Trust will cut dash­ing fig­ures as they par­tic­i­pate in the Grand Pa­rade be­fore mov­ing to the Robin Need­ham ring for a tent-peg­ging demon­stra­tion.

‘‘It’s fast and fu­ri­ous from what I hear,’’ Lucy says.

At mid­day, there will be a mini grand pa­rade in the Robin Need­ham ring for all in-hand, firstrid­den and lead-rein horses.

The show will be sign­posted from the main road and park­ing for the dis­abled will be pro­vided next to the ring in the show­grounds.

Lucy Turn­bull, this year’s Am­ber­ley A&P Show pres­i­dent, with her palomino stal­lion, Bin­g­ley Pere­grine.

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