The Bathurst agricultural show, taking place from 6 to 8 April 2018 at the Bathurst showgrounds, will once again be something not to miss.

Cattle section

The cattle section of the 2018 Bathurst Show will welcome the largest number of entries yet. Cattle farmers from all over the Eastern Cape will be bringing cattle to display and promote the respective breeds they farm with. The Bathurst show will be preceded on Wednesday, 5 March 2018, by the interbreed competition to be held on at 14:00 next to the Bulls Inn.

The Bathurst cattle section has in the past few years grown significantly, and virtually all the major breeds in the Eastern Cape are represented. Keen competition is expected in the various classes, namely the open heifer, pregnant heifer, cow & calf and bull competitions. Animals will be judged by two senior breed judges on functionality and uniformity within the group. The cattle section prize-giving will take place at the Hobson & Co sale ring at 17:00, just before the main event of the day, the evening cattle auction. If last year’s auction is anything to go by, 2018’s event promises to set new records.

Various talks by industry experts on animal health issues, focussing on tickborne diseases, will be conducted over the two days at the display section.

Horse section

The horse section at the 2018 Bathurst Show will take on a brand new look. In order to cater for a wider range of riders and horses, the organisers have introduced events that are more in line with those featured at traditional agricultural shows.

The show will welcome the Cape Boerperd Breeders’ Society, who will be showcasing their horses in both ridden and harness classes on Saturday, 7 April. The show jumping classes remain the hub of the action with classes for novices up to the big guns, who will all be competing over courses designed by Brendau Kok from Mpumalanga.

A mini derby has been introduced over a long and testing track and takes place in the afternoon of 6 April. The ever exciting and crowd-pleasing puissance or power jump, where a single jump increases in height, will take place at around 16:30 on 7 April. The Bathurst Championships will start at 08:00 on 8 April.

The showing format has changed to include breed and performance classes, which are less time consuming, great fun to watch and allow more classes to be included. The little league classes for children under ten are a wonderful opportunity for absolute beginners to take part in the Bathurst Show. The featured farm horse and pony classes are a tribute to all South African farmers who are thanked in this year’s show theme “Eaten today – thank a farmer”.

Other programme highlights will include the prize-giving of the Pineapple Growers’ Association, a sheep shearing exhibition by world champion shearers, a performance by Armand the Singing Cowboy and Ann Jangle, and much more.

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