11-year-old Thatcham shepherd ready for show final
Published: 9 Sep 2013 17:000 comments
Reece Lennard, 11, from Thatcham, will be taking part in the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Young Shepherd of the Year contest which he first won in 2011.
He was due to take part in the final at Hatfield House Country Show this year, having already won the regional qualifier, but that has now been moved to the Berkshire show.
He specialises in Soay sheep and proud grandfather and farmer, Bryan Coventry, said: “He just caught the bug for showing and has never looked back. Having never handled a sheep until he was six, Reece began by helping me outside the ring but soon wanted to compete himself.”
The show takes place at Newbury Showground on Saturday and Sunday September 21-22.
Another new attraction this year is the wartime village. The living history experience is being organised by Home Front History – a re-enactment troupe which extensively researches the Second World War – and policemen, air raid wardens, Red Cross nurses and period dancers will also add to the 1940s village feel.
Land Girls, now in their 80s and 90s, who kept the country going while local men were away fighting will be among visitors and a trio of warplanes – Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster – from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over the showground in salute to the women on Sunday.
Luci Osmond, who runs retro dance class Ginger Jive with husband Kerrin, said: “With its influx of American servicemen to the local bases and the MoD depot at Thatcham, this area had lots going on during wartime.
Tickets cost £18 for adults (£14 in advance); £14 concessions (£12 in advance); £7 for children aged five to 16 (£5 in advance). Visit www.
newburyshowground.co.uk for the full schedule and to buy tickets.