By ROBYN BRISTOW
The Mt Beautiful Cheviot A&P Show is an important community event for the district, say this year’s presidents, Don and Kate Anderson.
It is a time for the community to come together and celebrate the talent and bounty of the rural district during the two-day show, on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14.
The couple farm an extensive hill country sheep and cattle property in the Ethelton Valley, by the Hurunui River. They are the third generation of Andersons to farm in the valley.
Kate works as a full-time veterinarian with the Amberley branch of North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics, focusing on companion animals.
She began her association with the clinic in 2002, and on the retirement of Noel McGirr, a long-serving director of North Canterbury Vets, she bought shares in the company.
Don runs the farm with the help of Ali and Jared Mee.
They have three children. Angus and Emma attend Canterbury University, and Tom attends Lincoln University.
The show has long been an important event for the Anderson family.
Don’s father, Bob, and his two uncles have all held the office of president, while Bob was also president of the Canterbury A&P Show.
Kate says the decision to extend the show to two days was made to accommodate several different classes in the equestrian section, and to appeal to a wider group of horse people, who will this year have the opportunity to compete in classes that will help them qualify for the 2022 Horse of the Year show.
“It will also be less frenetic for the those in the horse and pony sections, and provide a quieter environment to show in, on the Sunday,” Kate says.
Some would also be taking the opportunity to get younger mounts started and it would help with the logistics of organising jumping classes.
Working as a team, Don and Kate, past presidents Mike and Elspeth Loughnan, vice-presidents Andy and Nicky Newton, and many members of the Cheviot community, have given the show a boost in the past few years.
“We are grateful to Mt Beautiful’s continued sponsorship of the show, which allows free entry for everyone to enjoy the event,” Don and Kate say.
This year includes an event which is part of the National Steak Cookoff Association competition which originated in Texas.
Local cooks and competitors from all over the country will compete using locally produced
steak and lamb from Harris Meats, and salmon from Akaroa Salmon.
Don says there is also a new and improved rodeo ring.
‘‘We are excited to be part of the new Hurunui A&P show circuit Big Bull riding competition, with top bull riders from around the country competing for top places
across the northern shows.’’
Will Jamieson will be providing the big bulls, and there will be a local bull and steer-riding
competition, the popular barrel-racing competition, and stock horse events.
Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors have been critical to the continuation of the show. ‘‘To all of them, we extend our thanks,’’ Don and Kate say.
‘‘It will be a real community day out with plenty of entertainment, competition and trade
sites to visit.
‘‘It will be busy, which all adds to the atmosphere.’’
Saturday will wind up with a community barbecue and band, with Sunday devoted to horse
and pony showing events.