Royal status again for AP show

Show preparations . . . Otago Taieri A&P Society president Graham White and his heading dog Lad (left) and huntaway Scoot prepare to herd a flock of his sheep set to feature in a dog trial competition at the annual show in Mosgiel on Saturday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Heaps of horses, a burly bull and royal ribbons are set to feature at a show in Mosgiel on Saturday.

Otago Taieri AP Society president Graham White, of Mosgiel, said the society show had been given royal show status on the horse events for the second consecutive year.

“Since we did such a good job last year, they’ve given it back to us again . . . it’s a huge honour.”

Due to the status, winning riders would be given fancier ribbons and the winning horses bouquets to wear.

Due to the number of horses entered, equestrian events would run at the show tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

The events would range from show jumping to a demonstration featuring Clydesdales.

“People get a shock when they see them – they’re big, gentle animals.”

A ban on cattle largely remains in place, in a bid to reduce the risk of Mycoplasma bovis spreading.

“We have a big dairy industry on the Taieri and we don’t want to jeopardise it.”

However, some cattle had been cleared from the disease and would feature at the show including calves in the petting zoo and a prize bull from Loch Lomond stud at Allanton – the subject of a guess-the-weight competition.

The competition would be free for anyone at the show to enter.

The bull would be weighed at 2pm and a winner would be announced.

Mr White declined to speculate on a weight range for the bull.

“A muscled-up bull could be up to any weight – I farm cattle and my guess could be 60kg out.”

Children’s entertainment at the show includes a free photo booth, pony rides, amusement park activities, face painting and the petting zoo.

Other attractions include stalls, woodchopping, a truck display, a digger demonstration and sheep dog trial competitions.

A flock of his sheep, from his 40ha farm near the showgrounds on the corner of Gordon and Dukes Rds, would feature in the trials.

A baking competition would include entries from Otago Corrections Facility prisoners.

The prisoners competed last year and the rivalry between them was “fierce”.

“It was outstanding.”

The band The Oxo Cubans would perform at the show.

Farmers had entered a lamb from their farm to a “paddock to plate” competition, where the meat gets cooked at the show, eaten by judges and people from the crowd, their votes revealing a winner.

“It’s a real big competition among the local farmers.”

Gates to the show open at 10am.