The Cotswold Show would not be complete without animals – this year expect falcons, horses, ferrets, reindeer, alpacas, rare breed sheep, pigs and goats, ducks and chickens. Even some parrots!
Practical Horsemanship is a collaboration, between Grant Bazin and Dan Wilson, who met whilst working for legendary American horse whisperer Monty Roberts. They have travelled the world helping young and troubled horses overcome all manner of behavioural issues, using their understanding of equine behaviour and their great blend of love for horses and sense of fun.
During this weekend’s display Grant will be working with a young horse that has never worn a saddle or carried a rider before, by using the methods he has learnt from a lifetime with horses. Just watch and see what can be achieved in a truly unique display that will wow the audience, from the layman to the expert equine enthusiast. This highly educational, fun and exciting display is not to be missed!!
The Hants and Berks Ferret Club will be bringing along their ferrets so you can get up close and personal with these friendly creatures; learn more about ferret welfare, care and handling whilst dispelling commonly-held misconceptions. Not forgetting, of course, having some fun too!
Rare Breeds Pavilion
The Rare Breeds Pavilion is put together by the Severn and Wye Support Group of RBST. We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and wonderful collection of rare breed farming stock with us this year including pigs, goats, sheep and cart horses.
RBST members will be on hand to answer any questions about the breeds on display in the pavilion
Rare Breed Poultry
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust monitors the number of rare and native breeds including chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. That’s over 70 breeds to look after in the UK alone.
Visit their marquee and find out more about this important project.
Butts Farm Rare Breeds
With many years of experience, Judy Hancox is well qualified to run Butts Farm where she farms rare and traditional breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry.
In the special marquee you will find many animals and lots of information about them. Get up close with some very rare breeds indeed.
Birdline UK Parrot Rescue
This is a National Charity involved in rescuing unwanted parrots and helping distraught or unhappy owners to cope with their more challenging parrots. The charity rehomes ill-treated birds, and those with behavioural problems are referred to specialist carers who retain the bird at their home and work with it until the bird is retrained or well enough to be rehomed. The charity urgently needs more members who can offer safe houses and foster homes. Speak to them at the Show to find out more.
Cotswold Pheasant and Poultry Club
A group of fanciers involved in the breeding, exhibiting and presentation of Poultry, Ducks, Turkeys and Pheasants. The club has been in existence for over 30 years and is a friendly social club which meets once a month on an informal basis. They will be displaying around 80 pure-bred birds and members of the Club will be on hand to “chat chickens”.
Cotswold Alpaca Experience
Cotswold Alpacas will be bringing these brilliant animals to the Show for you to see. They will also be showing the process of alpaca fibre production from sheared fleece through to an alpaca product.
You can find out about caring for alpacas, breeding them and their history and experience just how great not only the animals are but also the fabulous products that are produced with this “fibre of the gods”.
Cotswold Alpacas are dedicated to breeding alpacas with excellent conformation who maintain a superfine fleece. They have a range of colours but they are focusing on breeding Elite Greys with impeccable pedigrees.
Falling in love with Alpacas is far too easy they are both charming and inquisitive and each animal has it’s own character and individuality. Having been domesticated for over 5000 years, initially by the Incas in Peru, they have a huge amount to offer both as a pet and/or a production animal.
Cotswold Reindeer Herd
Learn all about the natural history of reindeer with this wonderful exhibit.
The Cotswold Reindeer Herd was established in 2009 with just two female calves! After a steep learning curve, owners Andrew and Clare went to Finland in November 2016 returning in mid-December with new youngstock. It was an epic journey of over 6000 miles which saw them spend
time with the Sami people, working with them, and learning their ways to ensure they can care for the new herd.
Based just outside Cirencester in new premises, they are looking forward to seeing the first calves born in 2018.
Hook Norton Dray Shire Horses
Hook Norton Brewery are one of the last remaining breweries in the country that still use shire horses for weekday deliveries of beer. They have four shires in their stables at the brewery and are bringing them to the Show for you to meet.
Major is 17.2 hands high and was born in 1997, the oldest of the four Shire Horses. He joined the Brewery Shire Horse team in 2003. Nelson is 17.2 hands, was born in 1999 and joined the Brewery in 2005. Winston is 17 hands tall and was born in 2008, the youngest of the Shire Horses. He joined the team in September 2016. Lucas is 18 hands. He was born in 2005 and joined the Brewery in September 2016. The horses are looked after by long serving Drayman Roger Hughes and Groom Erzsebet Csak.