Sun shines on Hayfield Country Show & Sheep Dog Trials

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, a competitor in the trials
Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, a competitor in the trials
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The sun shone on Hayfield’s big day, as hundreds flocked to the village’s annual Country Show & Sheep Dog Trials.

The two-day extravaganza at Spray House Farm boasted bumper crowds on Saturday and Sunday, as well as enjoying healthy numbers of competition entries.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Nyia Hill with her family's puppy Zac

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Nyia Hill with her family's puppy Zac

Alongside the traditional sheepdog trials, show-goers enjoyed a packed programme which included everything from shire horse displays to agility and obedience demonstrations by Chadkirk Dog Training Club and performances by the Knights of the Crusades.

Paul Bagshaw, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Everything went fantastic, and the weather was certainly in our favour. We spread the field out this year to offer more attractions, and it received a fantastic response.

“One surprise highlight was the giant tortoises in the pet show - they certainly made an impression on the younger visitors!”

Runners of all ages gathered for the traditional fell races, while afternoon entertainment was provided by Bavarian Oompah Band The Schunkler’s and Thornsett Band.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the Knights of the Crusades

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the Knights of the Crusades

Profits this year will support the Macmillan team at Blythe House Hospice.

“We choose a different charity each year, and this is very important to us,” said Paul, who added his thanks to everyone who had supported the event, in particular hosts the Mellor family.

Anyone who would like to get involved in helping to organise the event can contact Paul on 01663 742112.

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the Schunkler's Oompah Band

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the Schunkler's Oompah Band

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the trials

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the trials

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the start of the senior fell race

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the start of the senior fell race

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the giant tortoises were a big hit with all ages

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, the giant tortoises were a big hit with all ages

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Shire horse display in the arena

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials, Shire horse display in the arena