PICTURES: Visitors flocked to Hayfield Country Show and Sheep Dog Trails

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, high wire antics with Bernie Bennett
Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, high wire antics with Bernie Bennett
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With a record number of visitors this year’s Hayfield Country Show was so popular the beer tent ran dry.

For 40 years people have flocked to the annual sheep dog trials at Spray House Farm Little Hayfield and the good weather at the weekend certainly made the ruby celebrations one to remember.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials

Chairman Paul Bagshaw said: “It has been a fantastic weekend and we couldn’t of asked for better weather and we had a record number of peopel coem to the show.”

Organisers believe nearly 7,000 people turned up and soaked up the atmosphere.

Paul said: “It was definitely a good weekend and very busy because we ran out of beer!”

Crowds took a step back in time for as they were wowed by the UK’s leading Medieval jousting act, Knights of the Damned.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the start of the junior fell race

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the start of the junior fell race

Paul said: “We wanted to mark our 40th celebrations with something spectacular and the jousters did not disappoint - they were amazing.

“It was a lot of money but when you see everyone enjoying themselves you know it was the right thing to do.”
Also new for this year was Bake off competition which saw amateur bakers going head to head to prove they did not have a ‘soggy bottom’.

There were also tight-rope walkers and this was a sight the chairman of 15 years never thought he would see.

He said: “The field we use is on slope, by the end of the weekend everyone is knackered from walking up and down, but because of this I didn’t think it would be possible to do but every one seemed to enjoy watching them.”

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, falconer Alistair Leese introduces his Kestrel to a young member of the audience

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, falconer Alistair Leese introduces his Kestrel to a young member of the audience

The show started after the Second World War as a chance for local farmers to compete in sheep dog trials.

After an interlude it returned in 1976 as a country show and has gone from strength to strength over the years although the sheep dog contest is still as popular as ever.

Chairman Paul Bagshaw said: “I think it is still doing so well because sadly things like this are folding around the country but people still want to take part, we even had people from as far away as Wales come up and compete which is great.”

Now as it has grown the two-day event also includes food marques, a craft competition and kids corner.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, one of the birds of prey on display was Elvis a Peregrine x Saker Falcon

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, one of the birds of prey on display was Elvis a Peregrine x Saker Falcon

He said: “We had two giant tortoises making a special guest appearance and it was lovely to see the children meeting them.”

Paul offered his thanks to his wife and family and the army of volunteers who make the show a reality year on year.

He added: “This year’s show has been wonderful.”

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Hilary Harris with Fonzi and grandaughter Enya Fieldhouse

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Hilary Harris with Fonzi and grandaughter Enya Fieldhouse

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Shire Horse demonstration in the main ring

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Shire Horse demonstration in the main ring

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Matthew Kershaw of Glossop and District Poultry Club was sporting an unusual hat

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Matthew Kershaw of Glossop and District Poultry Club was sporting an unusual hat