REPORT Cutcombe Show, Sunday 17 June 2018
Last year the weather was so hot and sunny that many competitors went home by lunchtime –
not so this year! The ‘Exmoor Drizzle’ was fairly persistent, but worse, the cool wind had many
wishing they’d brought thicker coats! At least on the positive side it meant that there were few
pesky flies to annoy the animals. Dunkery Hill Gate is the most glorious setting - on a nice day,
but it meant the fun races that were put on to celebrate Father’s Day were slightly damped
down but still a lot of fun!
Our thanks to Harold & Phyllis Stevens for allowing us the use of their fields, plus all they and
their extended family do for the show, ultimately for the benefit of the school, village and the
local community. Our thanks to Vicky Kirby and the parents of Cutcombe School who worked
so hard leading up to the show and then all day, providing a wide variety of delicious home-
made refreshments for the general public. Special thanks also to Mandy Snell for standing in
to do the catering for our judges, stewards and helpers – very much appreciated and she did a
great job. Finally, as always, huge thanks to our amazing supporters for not only working hard
on the day, running their various sections but also for helping set up the show during the week,
and to everyone who helped clear up at the end, when several had another family party to
attend. Show entries were generally very good, but the Mountain & Moorland classes were
running without one of the sections founders, Jacky Ablett of the Tawbitts Stud, who passed
away close to the show, and it was very fitting that a Tawbitts bred pony won the M&M Overall
Championship – well done Team Tawbitts!
We took a different approach to the Jumping classes, and ran slightly more advanced ‘Clear
Round’ sections, with the traditional 3 clear rounds entitling competitors to enter a Jump Off but
with improved prize money, which seemed quite popular.
We re-introduced a Handy Pony ring which was very busy and a great new asset to the show.
Our thanks to the new team, Kevin & Jenny Snewing, for running the very popular Dog Show
(and especially to the Pet Centre in Alcombe for sponsoring the prizes) - entries seemed very
good with lots of happy dogs sporting rosettes!
Thanks to the Minehead Harriers who paraded on foot, so having made friends with hounds in
the ring first, the children were able parade with them around the ring! The Fancy Dress
competitors were very colourful and proved a difficult task for the judge, well done to them all.
This class kicked off the afternoon’s entertainment followed by the gymkhana with all its fun - it
was a joy to see so many little riders in the youngest age group and we hope they’ll be coming
to future shows in the years to come! These games were helped along by a great team of
stewards and Marcus Capel’s entertaining commentary!