More than 5000 visitors flock to Taieri A&P Show


Otago Taieri A&P Society president Graeme White is a happy man, after a strong turnout at Saturday’s A&P Show at the Mosgiel showground.

Rain in the morning meant the event got off to a slightly slower start, but a constant stream of people arrived during the afternoon, lifting visitors numbers above 5000.

“We were very pleased with that and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves – there were a lot of activities for families and children,” Mr White said.

A Royal Event, the show was held at the society showgrounds in Mosgiel and included equestrian events, dog trials, displays of farm animals and pets, top wood-choppers, excavators, Highland games events, music, food and more.

Mr White said the feedback from visitors and those involved in the show had been very positive.

Among the many highlights of the event was the hugely popular Arthur Burns Pre-School Pet Corner, which gave people from town the chance to see and pat farm animals and a range of other pets.

Also popular with the crowds was the annual Edinburgh Realty Terrier Race, which pitted about 50 little dogs against each other in a a race to catch a rabbit carcass lure.

While most of the field lost interest after the first few seconds – wandering off to roll in the grass and look for their owners – the frontrunners competed fiercely for the prize.

Defending champion Jazz, a 3-year old fox terrier owned by Johanna O’Neill (12), of North Taieri, was the winner for the second time.

The Supreme Animal of the show was pony Ataahua Enchanting, owned by the Meehan family. The pony also won supreme beginner mount and supreme show pony.

The supreme saddle hunter pony was Leonardo, owned by Annabelle Peters, and supreme horse was Saliant HH, owned by Jess Beevis.

Dog trials champion was W. Nichol, with Matt, and champion main was A. Brensell with Speed.