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THERE is nothing like a country show to involve the community and
bring out competitors and spectators by the thousands. smartfarmer's
JULIE PAUL reports from Mount Pleasant showgrounds
Country shows still
delight the crowds
Guinea pig judging at 'cavy corner'.
David Altmann with senior champion Illawarra
Blackwood Park Favourite 10.
Vintage cars always attract plenty of attention.
VETERAN showjumping competitor and
Equestrian SA committee member John
Patterson (pictured) speaks for all his col-
leagues in his enthusiasm for the country cir-
"This is where it all began for us," he said.
"It's where we get our horses started -- where
we start ourselves. It's just like the Royal, only
smaller, not quite so serious, and a nice way to
ease yourself and your horse into the show
"It's also a great day out. We tend to con-
centrate on the horses but we love to get a
quick look at the rest of the show.
"It's the best of everything -- the best cows,
best sheep, the best chooks -- it all makes for a
terrific day, and the community involvement
just finishes off the great atmosphere."
The shows provide an invaluable training
regime for young horses, and a superb intro-
duction to competition for the rider-in-training.
"It's a great training regime," John said.
"This is our first glimpse of whether we are
likely to make it -- horse or rider -- we have our
first test at the friendly country show."
MOUNT Pleasant show has become a family affair for Vickie Fawcett.
She has been show secretary for 12 years, after serving her apprenticeship as assistant, under the
careful guidance of her mother, herself secretary for 10 years.
"The show survives on volunteers," Vickie said. "There would be about 100 who
offer their time on the actual day, but the work continues all year."
Paperwork starts about one month before the show date, with entries received
and documents issued. Then there is the big day itself, followed up by even more
paperwork, with results required for successful competitors to
register as eligible for the Royal Adelaide Show in September.
After that, of course, it all starts again for the next year.
"Mt Pleasant encompasses all the Royal events," Vickie
said. "It seems to get bigger each year.
"This year, our gate takings were up again, and I think
we had an attendance of about 6000.
"I never get to see much of it because I'm so busy
in the office, but I always hope for the best, after all
the hard work our volunteers have put in.
"Everyone goes to so much trouble, not just the
volunteers but the competitors who really work so
hard to give the show their very best efforts."
While Vickie is there, the family involvement will
"My daughter Samantha is helping me out now --
it's too soon to know whether she'll carry on the family
Time will tell.
Riders love vibrant regional events
Winner of the dog class in 'childrens pets' --
Kadina with proud owner Alexander
Shearing competitions -- a great crowd pleaser.
Mt Pleasant show secretary Vickie Fawcett
with president Nicholas Seager.
Traditions will stay in the family
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