Pateley Show Day – Part 1
The gates open bright and early as the last Show of the season gets underway. A steady stream of vehicles make their way on to the showfield, directed by the gate and ground stewards to where they need to be – trade stands to their designated spaces and competitors to their section car parks.
Cattle and sheep are unloaded and lead to their allotted stalls and pens for a last minute spruce up and pampering ready for when their classes are called to the judging rings.
Equine exhibitors also start to gather in the Collecting Ring. The first class of the day commences judging in the Main Ring at 7.45 am.
Across at the Horticulture, Produce & Home Crafts marquee and the Small Stock marquees, exhibitors are arriving to bench and display their exhibits in the many classes displayed in these marquees.
The main avenues around the ground are a hive of activity, as trade stands set out their stalls ready to open to the public at 9.00 am.
Over at the Sheep Dog Trials, exhibitors are booking in ready for the Single trial to start at 9 am – it’s a long day for the stewards – the trials are one of the first sections to start and often one of the last to finish.
It’s also a long day for the Open Dog show which also starts judging at 9 am. Run under Kennel Club rules, canine secretary Peter and his team can still be busy in the judging rings long after 6 pm as the light starts to fade.
Once the judging of the Hunter classes has concluded, the Main Ring is split into separate rings for the rest of the equine classes to start around 9.30 am.
Across at the Dry Stone Walling section, entries on the day are being taken and the ballot is drawn for both the professional and amateur classes. Each competitor walls a 2½ yard section, tying up with his neighbour’s wall on each side.
9.45 am and the Sheep Pens are bustling as judging gets underway – in the early days the breeds were mainly Swaledale and Blackface and over the years many new breeds have been added. In 2019 there were classes for a wide range of native and continental breeds – including Swaledale, Dalesbred, Wensleydale, Suffolk, Dorsets, Blue Faced Leicester, Mules, Teewswaters, Mashams, Jacobs, Any Other Hill & Traditional breeds, Rare Breeds, Texel, Charollais, Beltex, Zwartbles as well classes for butchers & store lambs, junior shepherd & shepherdess & carcass classes.
10.00 am is a busy time across the showground – All other cattle judging is getting underway (judging of the local cattle and young farmers cattle classes was in full swing by 9.30 am). Spectators at the Cattle rings are treated to a top class display of stock with dairy breeds including Holsteins, Jerseys & Dairy shorthorns and beef breeds – Aberdeen Angus, Highland, Beef Shorthorn, Hereford, Limousin, British Blue, British Blonde, Commercial & Local Beef and last but not least the Young Handler classes.
At the pig marquee, the judging ring is busy as exhibitors guide their animals around the ring and the judge mulls over his decision.
Judging of the Goat classes gets underway with several breeds on show including Saneen & Toggenburg. Classes for Pygmy goats were reintroduced a couple of years ago and these little characters are a popular attraction.
Across the showground at the Produce, Home Produce and Crafts marquee, judging of the many sections and classes has begun. From Farm crops, Vegetables, Flowers, Home Baking & Preserves to Handicrafts, Art, Photography, Flower Arranging, Childrens Art & Dressed Walking Sticks – there some difficult decisions to be made!
Next door at the Small Stock marquees, judging is well underway for the Eggs, Poultry, Pigeon and Rabbit classes. The Show’s Poultry section has been upgraded to a Championship Show.
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