Kyogle show impresses despite rain
THAT there was more than no one at the Kyogle Show on Saturday says a lot about the show's quality.
Go through the show's 100-year history and you would be hard-pressed to find worse weather than what greeted organisers and show-goers on the weekend.
Conditions were awful for the show's final day, at least for visitors without the foresight to bring gumboots, as persistent rain saw the Kyogle Showground turned into a quagmire.
But incredibly, the weather failed to stop a bigger than expected turn-out for the show's finale, despite a limited program.
The show's ever popular bull-ride had to be cancelled on Friday night, and the woodchopping, demolition derby, fireworks and motorbike camp draft were all unfortunately scratched on Saturday.
However, show-goers equipped with wellies and Driza-Bones made the most of the show's final day, as horses and their riders took to a sodden show ring, while dogs, cattle and poultry were all put through their paces by keen-eyed judges.
While the showjumping events also had to be cancelled, other riders bravely provided good entertainment for the crowd.
“It's very hard for (the riders) to get their horses looking in top shape. It's a credit to them for turning up,” ring steward James Merray said.
“There were more horses than I expected. It ended up being a fairly good day.”
Grafton's Amie Harrison was one of the riders who managed to survive the trying conditions, as she took out the supreme rider ribbon with her handy work aboard Black Magic.
Her win was made all the more impressive as Black Magic made his show debut at Kyogle.
“It was very difficult, but he went quite well. This is his first show so it's all new to him,” Ms Harrison said after the program.
In terms of friendly contests featuring people, Jessica Mitchell, an 18-year old Kyogle High student, was crowned Kyogle Showgirl 2010 during a truncated grand parade.
“I was a bit nervous, but excited,” Ms Mitchell said after her crowning.
The win is the start of a big week for Ms Mitchell, who will start her HSC on Friday.
Kyogle Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Society secretary Wendy Piggott was pleased with the weekend, apart from the weather.
“It's just a shame that it rained. But we can't control the weather. The people who have come haveenjoyed themselves, and we appreciate them coming,” she said.
“And we'll all be here again next year.”