Suffolk Show 2013

June 5, 2013

It’s been far too long since I went to an Agricultural Show, when I was a little kid, I grew up in the countryside riding horses and even competed at our local agri show so I was really pleased to attend the Suffolk Show this year.

This was my first time going to an agri show in the UK so I was quite surprised to find myself suddenly swimming in a sea of tweed coats and Hunter wellingtons.  Everyone looked ever so fancy!

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The first thing I saw was this enormous but incredibly cute tractor!

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But of course, the smell of food beckoned me immediately so off I went to the food tent!

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I very occasionally eat meat but I would love to try some wild boar, unfortunately, I didn’t have enough cash on me to indulge so I’ll have to save it for another day.

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Next on my adventure was a heavy horse contest where the judge rode each horse in turn and didn’t seem to enjoy any of them. I of course had hearts in my eyes and wanted to cuddle and ride them all!

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Fine riding there Mr Judge… :-/

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Look at those rumps!

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I then found myself in a huge barn full of various prize winning breeds of sheep, some breeds I’d never seen before and even one I thought looked like a dog!

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Woof?

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I think he may have smoked too much reefer…

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She looked like she was straight out of a nativity play!

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And then to my delight, I came upon a farrier competition and my, my were they a sight for a sore eye! 😉

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Farrier’s Choice indeed!

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Then we had a hunt display, showing the different horn sounds, what they mean and how the dogs respond. Something about that sound made me well with emotion! I loved how the dogs followed the horse and rider like ducklings do with their mother.

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Lots of gentlemen were wearing bowler hats.

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Time to check out the various beef breeds. I really love cows, they are such beautiful, calm beasts.

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My other favourite farm animals are goats, they are such characters and I can’t wait to have my own herd one day.

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Totally swooned over these stunning Hunter class horses, gosh I would love to own one, or four!

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Ok this guy was an Australian sheep sheerer and was absolutely hilarious! He had the whole crowd gafawing with laughter and I have never seen a sheep be sheared so cleanly and quickly as he did that one.

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That’s off the sheep he just sheared!

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He then had them all dancing for their treats which was just too cute. Check out The Sheep Show for more details.

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My camera is always finding the cutest guys…

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Another hunting group competition

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Tree climbing competition, I think he scaled it in 13 seconds.

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My 10 year old self would have died on the spot if she saw this!

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There were many well heeled country people and plenty of stalls selling them their next suit. How do I marry one of these guys? 🙂

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On my way out, I passed the final display of winning animals.

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Anyone who knows me knows I that I am a farm girl at heart and my dream is to have my own farm one day, hopefully a wellness farm where people can rehabilitate from their illnesses and one of the reasons why I am studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

I felt right at home at the Suffolk Show and only wish I could have been involved in some way.

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