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Ashbourne Show: Cattle, dogs, horses and motorbikes entertain thousands

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

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ORGANISERS of one of Derbyshire's most popular one-day agricultural shows hailed this year's event a great success.

Thousands of people poured in to Osmaston Polo Ground on Saturday for the Ashbourne Shire Horse Society's 123rd Ashbourne Show.

The annual event was blessed with dry and mild weather and some of its strongest entries in recent years kept judges busy throughout the day.

More than 200 cattle were brought in from farms across the area to be judged, along with around 240 sheep and 56 Shire horses, alongside light horse competitions that ran throughout the day.

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The main ring performances included the daring Motor Stunts International display team, Dingle Fingle the clown, and displays and presentations with the competing livestock, culminating with the grand parade in the afternoon.

Shortly before the grand parade a World War II Hurricane aircraft wowed the crowds as it flew over the showground several times.

Vice chairman of the organising committee Bill Carr said: "It's been absolutely fantastic.

"The number of people who have come to see me to say how it's been a wonderful show was amazing.

"People have told me how proud they are of it and how they would never want to see it changed.

"I can say on behalf of everyone on the committee, and everyone that's helped to put it together, we're very pleased with this year's show."

Among the visitors enjoying the show was leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council Lewis Rose, who is a vice-chairman of the Ashbourne Shire Horse Society.

He said: "It's a great event for the Derbyshire Dales and not just for the families but for all the many businesses that are here."

Commercial stands proved as popular as ever, with strings of businesses, charities and organisations turning up to meet customers and colleagues throughout the day.

James Dixon, from Westpoint Veterinary Group, in Ednaston, was on a stand at the show.

He said: "We are really enjoying it so far. It's a nice day.

"It's been good to see some of our customers, both current and potential clients.

"We have been before but this year it's good to see lots of farmers and lots of livestock – particularly such a good quality of livestock."

Lucy Paxman, 32, from Normanton, was at the show for the first time with her two children.

She said: "I've not been before but saw it advertised so we thought we would come and make a day of it.

"We're surprised at how big it is and we are pleased there is lots to do for the children.

"We all thought the clown was really funny."

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