Country, Game and Canine Area
The Country and Game Area was a great addition to the Kent County Show this year. With trade stands and entertainment it was an area that wasn’t to be missed.
Husqvarna UK Pole Climbing Championship
The 25m poles could be seen from a distance, as competitors raced to reach the top first. The winning times came in at the 9 second mark so blink and you missed it! This was the second visit for the Husqvarna supported UK Championship which attracts the best climbers in the country. There were two classes of climbers; expert and tree-surgeon with 2 heats and the final on each day.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Visitors could take advantage of this traditional pastime and joined in the action at the on-site Clay Pigeon Shoot. Sharp-shooters and novices alike tried their hand at the shooting range.
Coakham Bloodhounds – Friday
The Coakham Bloodhounds Hunt was founded in 1976 and hunt “the cleanboot” which is unadulterated human scent left by a man or woman running ahead of the pack. Hunting with a pack of bloodhounds is one of the least artificial method of hunting organised quarry, and, whereas a fox will run freely, a human quarry can make more effective use of the increasingly urbanised countryside. The hounds hunt by scent alone, unlike many other breeds of hounds that hunt by sight.
Parade of Beagles – Saturday
Small, compact, and hardy, Beagles are active companions for both children and adults. Canines in this dog breed are merry and fun loving, but being hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques. Their noses guide them through life, and they’re never happier than when following an interesting scent. The Beagle originally was bred as a scent hound to track small game, mostly rabbits and hare.
East Kent Pony Club Display
Pony Clubs are often youngster’s first introduction to competitions and we are lucky to have some wonderful clubs in Kent. Their display of mounted games is fast paced and exciting for the audience and good experience for the young riders.
K9 Aqua Sports – Splash n Dash
K9 Aqua Sports© is the UK’s and European’s Largest Independent and most Innovated Canine Aquatic and Dock Diving Events and Competition Company.
Canine Aquatic Sport, also known as dock diving or dock jumping, is a sport in which dogs jump from a deck (dock) into a large swimming pool (or body of water) and compete against each other for distance (the long jump for dogs), height (the high jump for dogs) or speed(the sprint for dogs). It’s a must for all dog lovers.
The Sheep Show has been invited to Kent for the last 10 years mainly because our visitors keep coming back for more. Lasting about 20 minutes, the audience was introduced to the woolly cast… a number of sheep, each a different breed and each with an amusing and fitting name. The presenter started by explaining a little about each breed, what they are bred for and where they come from. Whilst this all seems a little ordinary, it really isn’t. The slick delivery of the presenters matched with the unpredictable behaviour from the sheep and the general feeling that at any moment chaos could ensue, means that both adults and children find the whole performance delightful.
The show continues with one of the sheep being shorn, not an easy feat to complete, but the experienced shepherd can faultlessly shear, talk and even make jokes about bikini lines. The show finishes with the ‘sheep show shuffle’, where the full cast step on their podiums and dance! Well shuffle… this is the Sheep Show and they would be on ‘Britain’s got Talent’ if they could do the Tango!
Sheep Dog and Duck Display
Sheep Dog and Duck display is an interactive wonderful piece of entertainment. The intelligence of the sheep dog is matched only by the cuteness of the ducks!
Birds of Prey
Once again the Hawking Centre based at Doddington Place Gardens provided wonderful birds of prey demonstrations. Visitors were able to meet the birds on their static display and talk to the falconers who will be pleased to answer any questions they had. Once in the Countryside Ring the birds really showed off their skills, allowing visitors to get a real sense of the power of some of these beautiful creatures.
Ferret Racing was a unique opportunity to see these wonderful creatures up close. The ferrets were encouraged to race through pipes and the crowd picks their favourite to cheer on. Cheeky, cute and mischievous every family should have one!
Hounds have been a part of British country life for hundreds of years and the highly organised alert pack listen for commands and calls from the Master of the pack. The displays took place in the Countryside Ring for the 2016 Show, and shouldn’t be missed for 2017!
The Terrier Team joined us for a high speed, highly entertaining and very popular event of racing terrier. As they were released from the trap, spectators watched them chase the lure in a desperate bid to win. Audience members and their four legged friends were also invited in to the arena to take part and see how they fared in this fun and exciting show. As the finale, Pip the Jack Russell raced a trained Hawk across the arena. Not one to be missed!
The Hawking Centre had awesome Bird of Prey Free flying demonstrations taking place twice a day. The demonstrations ranged from Owls to Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Buzzards and Vultures with an emphasis on how these birds work in the wild with lots of audience participation. With an entertaining commentary throughout, the falconers work with the birds of prey to give the public a chance to see close-up the birds and their behaviour, which most often we now only see on wildlife television programmes. There is never a dull moment, as members of the audience are often called upon as volunteers to assist in the Falconry display, or even have a go themselves.
The Mole Show
A humorous insight into a strange world that lies beneath our feet- The Kingdom of the Mole. For many years man has battled with this unseen foe to eradicate them from fields and gardens and here at the Mole Show we enlightened, educated and entertained as we explained in only a way that the Mole Show can why man’s plight so often fails!
With over 20 years experience we have a sound understanding of Show and Corporate needs. We are able to offer tailor-made gundog displays, incorporating an element of falconry and ferrets to compliment all types of Show and Corporate Event. Our Gamegoer team were present throughout the day to assist with advice and tips on pet problems. Whilst our attractive static display provided an opportunity for the show-goers to meet the “artistes” at close-quarters.