Women are taking the lead at Glendale Show

The Glendale Show on Bank Holiday Monday will celebrate the important roles women play in agricultural and rural industries.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 2:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th August 2016, 3:43 pm
Henrietta Cropper

To highlight this, The Glendale Agricultural Society have chosen the theme, ‘The Year of the Lady’.

As in previous years, there will be an abundance of livestock classes, with 105 classes for cattle and sheep alone, offering breeders the opportunity to showcase the very best of their stock.

The show will feature all lady judges showcasing just how many women are involved in agriculture at a very high and competitive level.

Judging the Interbreed Championship and Young Handler classes, Fiona Sloan from Strathearn in Dumfries, said: “I am thrilled to have been invited to judge at the Glendale Show. I regularly judge both Young Handlers and Interbreed classes, and to have been invited to be part of the all lady ensemble of judges is a real honour.”

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Looking forward to his first show as chairman, Roland Barber said: “It is imperative that the Glendale Agricultural Society support local agriculture and the farming community, and the show provides the perfect platform to do this. The horticultural, industrial equine and livestock classes make the show what it is.

“The Livestock section, under directors Andrew Walton and Ian Murray, is going from strength to strength and as last year was a record year for entries. This year has even mores classes.

“I think it is very important to highlight that an event such as this takes a huge amount of time to organise and requires a huge amount of support. I would like to thank all of the exhibitors across all of the sections, the stand holders, the sponsors and of course the people who come to support the show on the day.”

One of the major highlights this year will undoubtedly be sheepdog demonstrations by Katy Cropper, the first woman to win the popular television show ‘One Man and his Dog’, which will involve not only sheep, but geese and horses too.

On hand to help out will be daughter, Henrietta, who already has impressive credentials of her own. Henrietta has previously made history in the sport after becoming the youngest ever competitor on ‘One Man and his Dog.’

A first for not only the GAS, but for the whole of Northumberland, the Donkey Breed Society Miniature Supreme Championships will be held at the show. This will accompany a variety of traditional donkey classes.

In keeping with the ‘Year of the Lady’ theme, the show will be offering a prize to the best dressed lady with generous prizes for the winner and runner up.

The event is extremely valuable to the local economy, attracting in the region of 12,000 visitors to the area. The lifeblood of the show, undoubtedly, is the sponsors, without whose generosity the show would struggle to exist. ach year the show costs in the region of £100,000 to stage and this would not happen without their support.

This year’s mainline supporters include; Lilburn Estate, Northumberland National Park, Ford and Etal Estate and Lazy Grace.