Ashburton A&P Show organisers have mini events happening at the showgrounds this weekend.
They may be disappointed the full show is not going ahead, having made the decision to cancel earlier in the year due to uncertainties around Covid-19, but they would love people to come along and support the mini events happening from today.
The Tux dog trials, with more than 140 entries and some of New Zealand’s top dog triallists, is on now and continues Saturday from 7.30am.
The alpaca show, on Saturday from 9am, will see judge Diane Marks, along with apprentice judge Sandra Baerselman, view 108 entries including those from top breeders from South Canterbury, North Canterbury, Akaroa and Otago.
Highland dancing – on in the Netherby School Hall on Saturday from 9am – will see 31 dancers, aged under 8 to 16, take to the stage during the day competing in three of the traditional highland dance events; Highland Fling, Irish Jig and the Sailor’s Hornpipe dance.
They will be under the watchful eye of judge Courtney Henshaw, of Christchurch, competing for rosettes, cups and prize money.
And back in the showgrounds, more than 200 horses and their riders are expected at the showjumping over Saturday and Sunday, each day from 8.30am.
The series of events, featuring young riders and junior amateurs of all ages in pony and horse grand prix, is being run by Equestrian Sports New Zealand but under the umbrella of the Ashburton A&P Association.
The events will be run in two showjumping rings at the showgrounds starting each day from 8.30am.
Bring a picnic, a chair and come along to the showgrounds, or Netherby School hall for some entertainment.
QR codes will be displayed for covid tracing and people are encouraged people to use them.
There will also be two coffee carts and a couple of food vans on site and available to people wanting to purchase food and beverages.