The Cornwood Agricultural & Horticultural Show 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Cornwood Show, it was the show’s 120th year which made it extra special.  The weather was really kind, thanks of course to the wonderful Onion Runners from Cornwood School who did a couple of laps of the main ring on the day just to make sure that the rain held off. People arrived in their droves from both directions and the team selling tickets and doing parking had to work really hard to keep up.  Once on the showground, there was so much for everyone to see and do.  One of the highlights for many was the Hobby Horse Dressage; Karon Yeoman led her team in an impressive demonstration of classic dressage movements and a beautiful quadrille to music, all astride hobby horses! We did have a particularly naughty ‘horse’ called Black Beauty (ridden by Gill Glegg) who just did not want to come out of the horsebox at the start and continued to play up in the ring, Gill needs to do a little bit more training with him before next year....  Continuing the hobby horse theme, there was a ‘stable’ of hobby horses, hobby dragons and hobby bats in the Village Market for children to decorate with glitter, pom-poms and all things bright & beautiful. The children then showed off their creations in the Hobby Horse parade followed by a tiny gymkhana course and rosettes for all. 

The family races are a great attraction and we had so many people getting involved this year.  The dumpy bag race is always a favourite with one grown-up and two children jumping inside the dumpy bag like a giant sack race across the ring.  Then the adult drags the children back to the start inside the bag – hilarious!  The family dog race was complete chaos, so much so, it had to be re-run but the chaos just increased leaving the dog owners breathless from running and laughing so much.  We were also treated to great display of horsemanship (on real horses this time) by Kim Pilling and her team of young Fitzworthy riders.  And the Two Bridges Flyball club gave a wonderful demonstration of dog handling skills – the dogs just love it!
We had more sheep than ever in the Sheep Show, which is organised by Ann Willcocks, with the new ‘Any Other Pure Breed’ class attracting 51 entries with 7 different breeds, which meant the judge really had his work cut out!  The Family Dog Show had so many entries that Maggie Hall was tied to her tent until 5.30pm. But she was very very happy and said it had been amazing to see so many beautiful pets on show.  Adrian Stokes, who manages the Terrier and Lurcher classes, said that there were fewer Terriers than last year but that the quality of those in the classes was excellent.  The Horticulture Marquee was managed by Jenny Rowland for the first time this year and she did a great job of ensuring the entries were well displayed, we have such talented gardeners and artists around here!   Andrew Hill, the Stannator of Plympton, kindly presented the Horticulture cups and trophies, Andrew’s family have been coming to the show for generations and it was wonderful to keep the connection.  We had lots more entries in the Pet Show than last year, thanks to Christine Smith’s hard work and it was lovely to see the rabbits back (last year they were not allowed in the show due to a nasty type of rabbit flu).  The Poultry Show was well subscribed with a fabulous variety of birds and eggs on display both in the classes and for sale.  Results for all classes will be on the website home page very soon.  

Visitors to the show were spoiled for choice when looking for something to eat and drink - the variety of stalls was amazing.  The traders say that they really love the atmosphere of the Cornwood Show because it is such a family day and that there are very few of these traditional shows left in Devon and Cornwall.  We will continue to treasure and support our very special show for as long as people want to come.  Thank you to everyone who came to support our village show; all who took part in the classes; all who helped set-up and take-down the marquees; all who helped on the day and also the hardworking committee (who will get a break after the Cornwood Horse Show!).  Enjoy the photos below, there are lots more on the Pictures page.