cotswold2016_43The Cotswold Show would not be complete without animals – this year expect falcons, horses, ferrets, alpacas, rare breed sheep, pigs and goats, ducks and chickens. Even some parrots!

The Sheep Show

The show introduces us to NINE different breeds of sheep, each with a story to tell and are welcomed on to the stage by their own theme tune, “Lenny the Lincoln Long wool” arrives to a great Bob Marley tune (very apt for a sheep that has natural dread locks). We will then be given a very informative shearing display and learn more about wool.

Just to add to the fun and educational show, the sheep then do The Sheep Show Shuffle.  Yes! Dancing sheep!!

Practical horsemanship…..The horse whisperers live!!! bucking pony

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!!

Hereford Owl Rescue

Hereford Owl Rescue was started in 2000. Their aim is to rescue owls which are being neglected in favour of other birds of prey by existing rescue centres.

They are committed to rehabilitating rescued owls of all species, as well as educating the public about these beautiful and fascinating birds. The Centre has facilities for looking after up to forty owls at any one time, and as well as British native species they have a wide range of other non-native species.

There will be seven owls on display at the Show.

cotswoldshow2015_22Ferret Racing

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 Severn and Wye Rare Native Breeds. 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, cart horses, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.

Exhibitors will be on hand to answer any questions about the breeds on display in the pavilion

cotswold2016_188Butts 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.

cotswold2016_67Problem Parrots

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.

LogoCotswold 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.

© Mark Hemsworth. 13/05/2016.

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.