The Show must go on!

November 24, 2020

The New Zealand Canterbury Show’s 2020 beef cattle event drew good support from breeders with a shortened format and 60 cattle on site at the Christchurch Showgrounds.

COVID changed things this year. Breed competitions were tightened up to cover one day rather than two, and youth events were able to be completed in a half day because the stock judging was done online for the first time.

The event was open to exhibitors and families only and members of the Canterbury A&P Association with no entry to the general public. Oh what a relief to not have to dodge hundreds of people in the aisles getting cattle out to the ring on time.  And no queues at the portaloos in the campground. More time for a barbecue get together on both days and a catch-up.  But, yes, we did miss the crowd and the atmosphere.

The emphasis was on youth with young judges taking the primary role in each of the three breed judging rings with some older heads to call upon if needed at ringside. Needless to say they were not needed. It was great to see these previous competition winners giving back.

In the All Breeds Lowline had several honourable mentions, Harvey and Sally Rhodes’ excellent heifer, Edsal Sheila,  which was champion Lowline in the morning matched up to the big girls in the afternoon to claim second in a class of a dozen fine yearlings.

Other All Breeds placings were a second for the Woolstone Park team (Phil and Kay Worthington) in the older bull class with Woolstone Park Kauri and the two-year-old cow, Woolstone Park Moonshine.  In the senior cow, Woolstone Park Hera was fourth and Edsal Abby sixth.

The youth day was as always hotly contested. Stock judging was done virtually with competitors given four days in the week before the show to assess videos of four two-year-old bulls, make their rankings and then video their comments about the animals. Judging was done by the over judge from the videos sent in. Not easy, even for older “judges” who had a crack at it but, with more sales online, it was a good test of skills to judge animals in a virtual space, and organisers might retain some online element in future years.

All in all the show which was put together with sponsors support after the full New Zealand Agricultural Show was cancelled because of Covid earlier in the year was a success because it kept the momentum for exhibitors – one family came seven hours away to take part –  and whet the appetite for next year.

LOWLINE CLASSES –

  • Cow, with or without her own calf(s) at foot (3 years and over):
    1st P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Hera
    2nd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Genoa
    3rd Harvey Rhodes, Edsal Abby.
  • Heifer, with or without her own calf(s) at foot (2 years):
    1st P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Moonshine
    2nd: P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Malibu
  • Yearling Heifer:
    1st Harvey Rhodes, Edsal Sheila
    2nd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park California
    3rd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Idaho
    4th P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Montana
    5th P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Yukon
    6th P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Alabama.
  • Yearling Bull:
    1st P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Texas
    2nd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Wyoming.
  • Bull 2 years and over:
    1st P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Kauri.

Champion Lowline: Harvey Rhodes, Edsal Sheila,
Reserve Champion Lowline: P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Kauri.

BEEF ALL BREEDS

  • Cow, with her own calf(s) at foot (3 years and over):
    4th P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Hera,
    6th Harvey Rhodes, Edsal Abby
  • Heifer, with or without her own calf(s) at foot (2 years):
    2nd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Moonshine.
  • Heifer (Yearling): 2nd Harvey Rhodes, Edsal Sheila.
  • Bull (2 years and over): 2nd P.A. and K.I. Worthington, Woolstone Park Kauri

YOUTH DAY RESULTS:

Paraders –
Senior: 1st Cara Doggett | 2nd Caitlin Rhodes | 3rd Hannah White | 4th George Climo
Intermediate: 1st Abbie Walls | 2nd Hillary Cooper | 3rd Charlie Herbert | 4th Marshall Stokes | 5th Timothy Croucher | 6th Deacon Austin.
Junior: 1st Elizabeth Cooper | 2nd Gus McLachlan | 3rd Ebony Eden | 4th Jake Eden  | 5th Daniel Stokes

Stock judging –
Senior:  1st Caitlin Rhodes | 2nd Cara Doggett.
Intermediate: 1st Marshall Stokes | 2nd Hillary Cooper | 3rd Timothy Croucher | 4th Deacon Austin | 5th Reece Drozdowsk | 6th Abbie Walls | 7th Harry Roe
Junior: 1st Gus McLachlan | 2nd Daniel Stokes | 3rd Ebony Eden | 4th Jake Eden | 5th Elizabeth Cooper
Champion: Caitlin Rhodes
Reserve Champion: Marshall Stokes