Shows for sum­mer

Watch sheep dog star Katy

Country Smallholding - - June News -

The show sea­son is in full swing, with scores to choose from each month.

Two big shows com­ing up in June are the Royal Bath & West Show from June 1-4 and the Royal Corn­wall Show from June 9-11.

Agri­cul­ture is at the heart of the Bath & West Show, at the Bath & West show­ground, with more than 4,500 live­stock, sheep shear­ing, ma­chin­ery from the past 100 years and the very lat­est farm­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Main ring events range from top class showjump­ing and a grand pa­rade of prize-win­ning an­i­mals. There is also a Liv­ing Coun­try­side arena show­cas­ing the Great Bri­tish Coun­try­side.

A dis­play of girl power is set for the main ring at this year’s Royal Corn­wall Show, as the first fe­male win­ner of One Man

& His Dog will be there. In the male dom­i­nated world of sheep dog han­dling, Katy Crop­per is quite unique. In fact, when it comes to sheep dog tri­als, she’s one of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful com­peti­tors.

Katy was the first woman to win the BBC’s iconic sheep dog trial show and will be head­ing to the Wade­bridge show­ground to show­case her self-taught tal­ents along with her hard work­ing Col­lies.

A show spokesman said: “We’ve been busily plan­ning an­other show crammed full of things to see and do. There’s so much to do and some­thing for all ages to en­joy. We are look­ing for­ward to an­other three days of farm­ing, food and fun.” Don’t for­get that Coun­try

Small­hold­ing will be run­ning Speak­ers’ Cor­ner at the Spring Fes­ti­val at Builth Wells from May 21-22. There will be fas­ci­nat­ing pre­sen­ta­tions by some of our ex­pert writ­ers. Tim Tyne will talk­ing about his new book, Vi­able Self-Suf­fi­ciency (see pages 14-16), while Sally Mor­gan will be talk­ing about her new book, Grow­ing on One

Acre or Less (see pages 58-59). Oth­ers speak­ers will in­clude Liz Shank­land, Jules Moore, Char­lotte Popescu, Adam Will­cox and Andy Richards and lead­ing or­ganic gar­dener Charles Dowd­ing. We will also have a stand at the show.

Katy Crop­per, first fe­male win­ner of the BBC’s One Man & His Dog, who will be ap­pear­ing at the Royal Corn­wall Show.

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