Laura Kelso, of Loburn, rides her Shetland pony at last
year's Duvauchelle A&P Show. This year's show will be
held on January 11. Photo from Courier Country Files.
The Duvauchelle A&P Society is marking its centennial
next month, but it has been hosting shows for 145 years.
President Mike Tapley said while the centennial show on
Saturday, January 11, would mark 100 years since the society
joined the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), the first
Duvauchelle show was held in 1868.
''It is older than the show at Little River, which celebrated
its centennial in January 2012. ''It started off as a horse
show and it was an opportunity to sell stallions and it
progressed from there.
''Once it became an RAS show it brought in all those other
elements like sheep and cattle and the indoor sections that
you expect at an A&P show.''
The Duvauchelle A&P Show continued to have sheep and
cattle classes until recent years, when entries fell away.
To mark the centennial, four RAS medals would be presented,
in the shearing, produce and horse sections and for service
to the show, Mr Tapley said.
A marquee will house a timeline of the show's history. Akaroa
Area School teacher Garry Brittenden has prepared a digital
presentation of Banks Peninsula history, including interviews
of various local personalities, especially for the show.
Classic cars mostly from around the peninsula will be on
show, while the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum will
lend some artefacts and set up working displays, including a
blacksmith and a pit-sawing demonstration.
A wool display was also being set up, where members of the
public would try to match the wool to various local farmers'
brands, while former world champion shearer David Fagan was
set to be another drawcard for the show.
All the extra features meant this year's show would extend
into the neighbouring Duvauchelle School grounds, while
parking would be at the neighbouring golf course.
Regular show visitors would still be able to camp in the
camping ground in front the showgrounds, Mr Tapley said.
''We have a number of regular competitors who come over and
camp and compete in the show and then go on to the Little
River show the next Saturday.
''Many of them are fourth and fifth generations competing at
the show. They support the show incredibly well.
''We get a lot them from the Christchurch Hunt Club, which is
putting on a display, bringing some dogs out at the same time
as the terrier race.''
By David Hill.