Taking the reins at show a family tradition
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.