The premier one day agricultural show in the south east was held this year on Saturday 28th May at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, near Heathfield in East Sussex. Following persistent campaigning by Club member Hilary Britton, the show organizers were eventually persuaded to include an in hand Cleveland Bay class for pure and part breds in this year's programme, which was judged by Cecilia Delville-Lindsay from Wiltshire. Other classes open to the Clevelands included the in hand and ridden Foreign Breeds! However, this was scheduled for the late afternoon, several hours after the CB class and the breed unfortunately was not represented. Hopefully, next year there will again be a CB class with a Rare & Foreign Breeds at closer times.
Our roving reporter Rona Parry, was at the Heathfield show acting as groom to the youngster Rosemeadow Springtime and so was able to send us the following brief report:
There were five Cleveland Bays (three pure and two partbreds) presented out of the eight entries, all braving the rather miserable weather, quite a shock after so many sunny days. Results of the Cleveland Bay in hand class are as follows:
1st - Cholderton Janus (by Cholderton Cacus out of Cholderton Zinnia) - Jo Strange
2nd - Rosemeadow Springtime (by Cholderton Whitethorn out of Willow Topaz) - Michala Blackburn
3rd - Cholderton Fable (by Cholderton Whitethorn out of Cholderton Bellona) - Ms L Underwood
4th - Wolfgang Saskia (partbred) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of Royal Gem) - Mrs S Fox
5th - Tilly Mint (partbred) (by Crisp out ofAppleton Wiske) - Jo Strange
The youngest in the class, pure colt R. Springtime (Bobby) did rather steal the show. At only 14 months old and at his first show, Bobby behaved beautifully, showed off some lovely paces and won several hearts - rumour has it that his breeder Hilary Britton was seen wiping away a tear or two!
Unfortunately, due to the timing of the ridden class (right at the end of the day), no Clevelands took part in the combined ridden foreign and CB breeds, but we are hoping that next year, Heathfield can be persuaded to hold the two CB classes a little close to each other during the day.
Congratulations to all that took part in the in-hand class.
These pictures taken at the 2011 Heathfield Show kindly sent to us by Hilli Britten and Michala Blackburn.
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NEWS FROM HEATHFIELD
We have heard from Hilli Britten that the organizers of the Heathfield Show were happy with the CB turnout this year. As a result it is probable that the schedule for the 2012 show will include a Ridden Cleveland Bay class in addition to the In-hand class. The organizers are due to meet in September and would appreciate any feed back or suggestions from prospective entrants. Posted 9.8.11