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New Event Organiser
Press release from Northumberland County Show re; new Event Organiser.
From the Greatest Show on Earth to the Greatest Show in Northumberland is how Judy Willis describes her new role as Event Organiser for the Northumberland County Show.
Judy, from Hexham, joined the police force as a civilian clerk typist after leaving Haydon Bridge High School but with her background in sport and judo became the first female civilian on the National Public Order Tactical Training Course providing her with the skills to train police officers including the dog and mounted sections in riot control. Responsible for the planning and implementation of these large scale training events, Judy, herself a self defence and first aid instructor, describes it as the ‘best civilian job in the police force.’
Glorious Day for County Show
Glorious Day for County Show
There was a party atmosphere in Bywell on Bank Holiday Monday as thousands of visitors enjoyed the glorious spring sunshine at the Northumberland County Show. The high numbers of visitors were matched by record entries in many of the livestock classes and a great day reported by traders.
For most visitors arriving after 10.30am there were few issues with congestion this year, but those who arrived in the early morning experienced delays while some trade vehicles were towed onto the site through heavy mud. After several days of heavy rain, non-four wheel drive vehicles got stuck in the main thoroughfares and all available tractors were employed to keep them moving. Fortunately the breezy sunshine ensured the ground was firm by the end of the day and there were no problems for departing vehicles. The most commonly seen outfit was wellies, vest top and sunglasses – the classic look for an English summer outdoor event.
Despite a slippery start, all Sections ran to schedule and organisers across the show reported an excellent turn out. The Beef Cattle classes, sponsored by Davidsons Feeds, saw record numbers of exhibitors with many travelling from as far as Cumbria, Southern Scotland and Yorkshire to attend. Once again it was the year of the Limousin, with Ronick Honey, a two year old heifer owned by The Gordon Brooke Trust from Berwickshire taking the Interbreed Championship in the Beef Section. John Elliot, Trust Manager, was delighted, “We purchased her in December for twenty thousand guineas; she’s already won prizes and I knew she was special. This is our first time ever at the Northumberland show, but it has such a good reputation and prestige in the farming world, we wanted to see how we would fare. I’m over the moon to be going home with a trophy. Next stop is the Highland Show!”Read more: Glorious Day for County Show
Retraining of Racehorses (ROR)
The Show is proud to announce that we have Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) at the show this year for the very first time we will have 2 NEW classes the Retrained Racehorse Challenge and the Tattersalls RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Horse Class. Our local experts Jackie and Brian Storey from Carlisle will be our Judges on the day. A big thank you to our kind sponsors Carlisle Race Course.
Light Horse Section Champion Judge
Juliet Rogers will be the Light Horse Section Chapion Judge at the Show this year. Mandy Charlton our equine secretary said "Juliet brings an immense amount of experience and equestrian knowledge to the role, we're thrilled that she has accepted the post!" She is well known in the area for her charitable work with Exmoor Ponies in her role as Chair of the Moorland Mousie Trust.Read more: Light Horse Section Champion Judge