Show entrants welcome return to competition

ANIMAL lovers arrived at Saumarez Park to both compete and watch farm animals in various competitions for the Royal Guernsey Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show yesterday.

Society secretary Liz Naftel said it was a very traditional show.

She paid tribute to long-time contributor and former show committee president Jim Jamouneau, who died recently.

‘We miss him dearly. He was an important cog in a very big wheel,’ Mrs Naftel said.

A variety of events take place throughout the day, with awards and trophies being on offer for those who are successful in their respective categories.

‘The Queen’s Cup is an important award for competitors with bulls and cows,’ said Mrs Naftel.

Lt-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder presented the award and the winner also receives a certificate signed by the Queen.

Some entrants had not had the chance to compete due to Covid restrictions during the past year.

Pony entrant Nikita Brehaut said: ‘We’re competing in the mountain and moorland category for the second time. We came in second last time. It’s been a year since we were last in the ring.’

The number of visitors was slightly down on last year.

‘Last year was a little busier,’ said Miss Brehaut.

‘But I think everyone was just glad to get out again.’

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