Animals galore, just a shortage of people

March 26, 2014

If you missed out on the show, you missed a great event. The earlier date chosen for the Bingara Show worked well for the committee; although the days were quite warm, the evening was balmy.

Show Secretary, Robyn Phillips, put in a mammoth effort to make sure there was something for everyone at the show.  Section stewards also worked hard in their areas of interest.

The Backtrack Paws Up dog jumping was very popular. Paws Up began as a way to engage youth.  Through the dogs the youth connect with others and build trust, learn self-discipline while disciplining the dogs, learn self-confidence from public performance, communication skills as they interact on the show circuit and manage themselves and their dogs in varying situations.

Afternoon fashion parades by Vintage Rose and Shenanigans on Gwydir also drew a fair crowd.

The promotional tug-o-war on Saturday evening was a crowd pleaser. Sponsored by Andy Hart, two teams fought it out for an exciting finish.

The ‘Backtrack’ team narrowly defeated the River Rats and took the prize money. Chris Thomas and his team generously donated their second prize of $100 to the Backtrack boys in support of their program.

The pavilion again looked amazing, despite the expected decline in entries in the produce and horticulture sections.

This year’s show had more sideshows and trade stalls than Bingara has seen in many years. Demonstrations and stalls overflowed from the pavilion and spilled onto the racetrack.

Over 400 horse events were well patronised with dressage and showjumping included in this year’s program. The showjumping was so popular it has been decided to run this event over two days in 2015.

The junior handling and judging was well attended and the cattle ring, while lower in numbers, contained a high quality of cattle.

Cattle judge, Jock Nivison said the cattle, although small in numbers were “big on quality.  When we had all those champions out there at the end, that was as strong a line up as you would see at any major show.  I was excited to judge here.”

Mr. Nivison, of Yalgoo Poll Hereford stud, Walcha, is a third generation Poll Hereford breeder.


Judge of the sheep section, Ron Greenaway, said the sheep numbers were limited.  “Probably the quality of the exhibits suffered because of the season, but still it was good to see several pens there,” Mr. Greenaway said.

Making their first appearance at a Bingara Show, Dorpers did well.

“The Dorpers won the major awards there, mainly because they had more cover and condition on them than some of the other cross bred lambs,” Mr. Greenaway said.

“Dorpers had more cover on them purely and simply because they probably have greater foraging ability as against the cross bred lambs, depending where they come from.”

Results of the Sheep section are:

  • Best pen wethers: David Young
  • Best pen ewes: Chris Thomas
  • Heavy Lambs: Chris Thomas
  • Light lambs: Chris Thomas first, J&R Rogers second, David Young third.
  • Champion pen lambs, Chris Thomas.

See this week’s Bingara Advocate for great photos of the day.