Gransden Show was established in 1891 and this year celebrates its 120th show; only world wars and world pandemics have prevented it being staged. It was begun by the farmers of Gransden and the surrounding villages, both as a friendly competition and also a means to improve agricultural standards. Unlike many other shows in this predominantly arable area, it still has plenty of livestock to be seen and it's this aspect that I'd like to concentrate on.
Monday 2 October 2023
A Jolly Good Show
Lining up for the judges
These Texel sheep have their wool dyed
specially for the show.
"I like your eye make-up"
"I simply adore your curls"
but this is a ram of the breed.
Impressive, but described by his handler as
"a grumpy old man"
I didn't see many pigs this year.
I'm pretty sure this is a Welsh,
once very popular but now a rare breed.
a Gloucester Old Spot at full gallop!
They're such a placid breed that it's unusual to see them so animated.
like this Lincoln Red...
One looking sweet but sleepy...
I didn't even realise that anyone rode side-saddle any more.
Horses of other colours are also available!
Taking pictures of animals is never easy -
they rarely pose how you'd like them to, but once in a while it all comes together.
Here are three "double portraits" that just happened...
And that's all I've got to show you
till Gransden Show pulls me back once more...