Otley Agricultural Show 2015


OTLEY SHOW is held usually on the Saturday prior to the Spring Bank Holiday in May and is the first major agricultural show of the season. It is thought to be the oldest one day show in the country and is set in the picturesque Wharfe Valley. It attracts an average 15000 visitors and in addition to which, exhibitors in Cattle, Sheep, Horse, Goats, Poultry, Dogs, Rabbits,Produce, Handicrafts, Floral Art and Farriers. In excess of 100 Trade Stand Exhibitors and 40+ Craft Exhibitors also attend the show. Main attractions have recently included:- Dog Display Teams, Falconry Displays, Motorcycle Displays, The Sheep Show and The Hawkmaster attired in mediaeval costume, riding a Shire Horse, flying Birds of Prey. (link)

First we watched the cows been judged, this was as close as I was going to get to any cows. Growing up in the country I have been chased by them  many times.




Can you see how they puff up their tails for show.

Horses were been judged in the main ring, men in bowler hats looking on.


My granddad had Shire horses on his farm, so it's nice to see them at the show all dressed up, the young foal was all legs.



They were making their legs white with some kind of chalk.

As dogs were allowed at the show , they brought them in there hundreds. Every shape and size must have been there, Dachshunds are my favourite dog at the moment, never seen so many. Plenty of Boarder terriers to, my little old man stayed at home, he's got a bad back at the moment and vet said he can only do light walks..getting better though.




The lad the show is on is next to the boating lake, the sun did shine but the wind was cold.

This is what I had really come to see, the sheep, all shapes and sizes.



After been dragged away from the sheep we watched the young farrier's making a horse shoes, they had to make one in five minuets.

A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian's skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet.(link)


The bird of prey stand was hard to get next to, as it was very popular, later on they were flying them in the main ring. The Sea eagle was huge and they were a bid worried about all the 
gulls flying round !


The sheep show was a nice surprise, It's a humorous educational live stage show about sheep and wool. The chap we had was very funny , the sheep danced a little at the end.





Have found a YouTube clip of the show (different chap) if you fancy taking a look. 



A small baling machine which made the cutest bales of straw.


The last tent had fancy chickens and pigeons







another wonderful day out..


HAPPY HUNTING

AMANDA xxx

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  1. Super photos Amanda, you have captured the day beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Ian, lovely day out with all the animals.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Rasta sheep there! They are very inquisitive about the camera aren't they, but like how cats are sometimes - it's just one more thing to stick your nose in!

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    1. Thanks Simon, still wondering if I can fit a sheep in our small garden :)
      Amanda xx

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  3. A highly enjoyable post Amanda with great photos, especially the wide variety of sheep breeds and the handsome looking cattle. I love agricultural shows and used to go all around Yorkshire visiting them with my father (who used to be a farmer) when I was a lot younger. Sadly I don't go as often as I used too and haven't been to Otley for years, but I remember it being one of the 'big' ones especially with it being the first of the year.

    All the best and kindest regards to all :-)

    PS. If you get a chance I highly recommend my old 'local' show at Pateley Bridge (Nidderdale) which is usually in the third week of September and is traditionally the last Yorkshire show of the year.

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    1. Thanks David, the weather can not be kind sometimes at this show as it's the first one, cold to day and windy. We liked this show better than the show at Harrogate. Thanks will look out for the show at Patley, it would be nice to go to another one at the end of the year.
      All the best Amanda xx

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  4. It looks a fab day out. The bouffant cow's tails made me smile and the curly wurly pigeons too, what great pics you got as always. And phew- Thank goodness they had lots of sheep :o) xxx

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    1. Thanks CT, I love how they posh up all the animals for the show, could have stayed with the sheep all day :)
      Amanda xx

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    2. I found this on line the other day and thought of you: http://www.poppytreffry.co.uk/shop-by-category/accessories/tractor-pretty-badge.html xx

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    3. Just tried the link and it didn't work! If you search for Poppy Treffry and click on accessories, there's a sheep badge near the end of the list :o) xx

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    4. Lots of lovely things here, so thanks for the link..
      Amanda xx

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  5. What a lovely interesting post to read Amanda, and your pictures are all so good - I like the black and white ones too.

    You certainly managed to see a lot in one day - thank you for sharing this with us.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, sheep take a good photo in black and white. Glad you liked the post.
      Amanda xx

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  6. A really interesting post Amanda and your photos so capture the atmosphere of the show :) Love the sheep (especially the black and white photos) and the fancy pigeons :) Hope your little dog is fully recovered soon.

    So pleased you had a lovely day out and thanks for sharing - almost as good as being there :)

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    1. Thanks RR, what a lovely comment, Old man doing a little better not in any pain now just a bit stiff. Hope to fit another show in at some point this year.
      Amanda xx

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    2. HI again Amanda - so pleased to hear Old man is a little better. Just to let you know I've been studying the plant survey guidance notes in detail rather than just scanning them. Eek! Looks v. complicated (so much to record even height of all the plants you find in each plot!!). Have managed to find another public footpath on the square though. First survey time is late Spring/early Summer - do you think this means May to June?? May give us both a bit more time to plan it all! Look forward to hearing how you progress. Best wishes Caroline ps its a lot more complicated than the original survey!!!

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    3. I'm glad you think it's complicated and it's not just me Caroline, might put people off, (even me yet), going to go have a look first then decide what to do, this Saturday weather permitting. Thinking of taking a length of string all ready measured out and some pegs to mark out the square, like I've said before a video on YouTube would have helped a great deal . May/June is about right I think, then Aug/Sep ? Once I've done it I'm hoping it all just falls in to place :)
      I will let you know how I get on.
      Amanda xx

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    4. Glad too you feel the same Amanda - far more complicated than the Wildflower Count was. I think they do workshops but I haven't seen any local. Agree about length of string and pegs - I had a similar idea. Main problem for me is that there is so much to record especially when I'm not an expert botanist. I haven't made up my mind yet either. Will see how I get on when I visit although it may have to wait until June (too much else on this month!!). Good luck and look forward to hearing how you get on :)

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  7. What a fabulous time at the Show, Amanda! What lovely sheep faces and names! Thank you for your comment on my red insect post. The ladybird was very small - much too small for a Harlequin. I haven't had verification back from the survey yet, but I'm quietly confident!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, Nice to see all the farm animals all in one place, been looking for Ladybirds to day as the sun was shinning, no luck I'm afraid.
      Amanda xx

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  8. What a great day out. I used to go to these country shows all the time when I was about to start my smallholding - deciding what breeds I would have - the goats always used to be my favourite thing to see - and I ended up with a herd of fifteen or so - which I adored. Fab pictures Amanda - glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks Elaine , I would love some goats too, did not see any at the show. Have you still got them ?
      Amanda xx

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  9. Great photos! you have a real gift for animal portraits and bring out their characters so much. I love country shows. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, that's really kind, how's the photo hunt going...! Might not do it this month, other posts planed and rally struggling with the words, trying to match a photo I would like. One week left so we will see.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Looks like a fun day out! For me the horses steal the show, but I knew you'd love all those sheep! Lovely photos. xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I love horses and would love to go on long trekking holidays or ride across the beach, but I am scare of them !! OK on other side of wall and will feed them but got attacked by one when young and it just stays with you..!
      Amanda xx

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