Show Gets New Look
Young Graduate gives County Show a New Look
The County Show may have traditional agricultural roots, but it’s proving that it can also move with the times. This month their website and promotional literature are being launched with a new look and a new logo; and there’s some exciting modern technology that brings the show into the 21st century.
Behind these developments is young graduate, Oliver Swinburne, from Shotley Bridge. Having attained a first class honours degree in New Media from Bedfordshire University last year, he is on secondment at the County Show helping with their digital and printed marketing materials. Oliver said, “It’s a tough time for young people to find jobs, especially in the creative industries, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work on such an exciting project. The show is a hugely popular event, with a long farming heritage so I had the challenge of combining all the historical elements that have made the show as great as it is, with a fresh contemporary-vintage look that appeals to the design-savvy public. ”Read more: Show Gets New Look
North East Show Group
North East Agricultural Shows Unite
Gaynor Scandle, Secretary of Northumberland County Show, has taken the first steps towards creating a more secure future for our local agricultural shows and events.
Gaynor has volunteered her time, experience and connections to lead a support network for those involved in the management of similar events across the region. With the support of the Show’s Management Committee, she hopes to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, commercial information and best practice to benefit others.
The group will be part of The Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO), a nationwide charity set up to support, educate and promote agriculture, horticulture and rural affairs through events and shows. It boasts an illustrious membership including all the Yorkshire, Highland and all the big Royal Shows, Burghley Horse Trials, and numerous game fairs, food festivals and horticultural shows around the country.Read more: North East Show Group
Light Horse Section Champion Judge
Northumberland County Show Sponsor takes reins as Judge
For the second year running, Northumberland College is the main sponsor of The Northumberland County Show, which is held on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield.
But there’s a special role for Marcus Clinton, the College’s Vice Principal of Enterprise and Innovation, as Light Horse Champion Judge. Mandy Charlton, Secretary of the Equine Section, describes his impeccable credentials for this position, “Marcus has vast expertise and knowledge in the equestrian industry as a British Show Jumping Association judge and previous Chairman of The British Horse Society in Staffordshire. He has managed his own equestrian businesses and is the author of the book ‘Horse Business Management’.
We’re proud to have him as the judge of this prestigious award.”
Marcus joined Northumberland College four years ago to manage and develop the curriculum and commercial activity at the Kirkley Hall campus. He has over 20 years of experience working in the land based education sector, as well as strong commercial experience.
Marcus said, “I’m very honoured to be asked to judge this year’s Light Horse Championship. The County Show attracts large numbers of competitors and standards are always extremely high. I’m looking forward to it very much!”Read more: Light Horse Section Champion Judge
New President for Society
Tynedale Agricultural Society, the organisation behind the Northumberland County Show voted in a new President at their annual AGM recently. Incoming President, George Hutchinson takes over from John Woodman for a three year tenure in the role. He is joined by several new committee members who were also introduced at the meeting.Read more: New President for Society
Show Welcomes British Show Jumping
For glamour and excitement, nothing beats Show Jumping. Add the backdrop of a beautiful stately home, set in fine parkland on the banks of the River Tyne, and the scene is set.
With the success of the Show Jumping in 2013, the committee have increased the area that the show jumping will be held on and will open the classes up to more competitors across the North of England.
With new sponsors Lloyd Group keen to help and support this new popular section of the show,
Champion of Champion Judge 2014
The eagerly awaited name of the prestigious Champion of Champions’ judge at this year’s Northumberland County Show has been announced. Longstanding competitor, supporter and sponsor of the Show, and well known proprietor of JS Hubbuck Ltd, Agricultural Merchants, Mr Geoff Hubbuck, is to take on the mantle.
Geoff explained, “It’s a great honour to be asked to award the highest accolade at the County Show. Each animal in the Grand Parade is a champion, and they’re the best of the best. It will be a tough job!”
Geoff has superb credentials for this demanding role. As a youngster he and his brother Derek used to compete in the Show’s Equine Section, and even won The Best Ridden Pony class. “In those days,” reminisces Geoff, “The steam trains used to roar down the tracks to the side of the show field at Corbridge. Most of the animals were terrified, but Derek and I used to ride our ponies every evening on the green further down the railway line, so they never batted an eyelid!” His family went on to breed show ponies, and kept race horses. The Hubbuck family have also competed in Fat Cattle Classes over the years, and currently keep fifty five store cattle, a small flock of sheep and some horses at their farm in Hexham.
Many locals will know of Geoff through his family business, JS Hubbuck Ltd. The company was founded by Geoff’s father John in 1948 who started out cycling around the region on a pushbike selling brushes to farmers. With the purchase of a van, the range expanded to include lime and slag; and by the time Geoff joined in 1980 they stocked a full range of agricultural, equestrian supplies, equipment, clothing and gifts. The company now delivers across the whole of the north from Cumbria to Durham, Scotland to North Yorkshire, and even boasts customers in Lincolnshire and Suffolk.Read more: Champion of Champion Judge 2014