Shows for summer
Watch sheep dog star Katy
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.