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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Competitors show skills at Cumbria agricultural spectacle

ONE of the big winners at a Cumbria agricultural show was a nine-year-old girl and her pony, Twinkle.

Mollie Mae Jeffrey, from Ulverston, showed off her talents at the Hawkshead Show on Tuesday and left winning first place three times.

Mollie and Twinkle proudly displayed their rosettes, which were for Champion Show Pony, Champion Working Hunter Pony and Overall Champion.

Mollie, who has been riding since she was three years old, was accompanied by her parents on the day.

Wayne Jeffrey, her father, said: “We didn’t think we would be here that long. We were trying to get down to Grantham for the British Show Pony Society Championships, but she keeps winning everything. I’m really proud of Mollie.”

Other youngsters getting involved at the Hawkshead Show were 13-year-old Robyn Allen with her pony, Drumroll, and 16-year-old Christian Forlizzi, with his pony, Flame.

The annual show was graced with great weather and a great turn out. Farmers from all over Cumbria brought their horses, sheep, cattle and dogs to the fair, Families enjoyed the wide variety of activities that were on show.

There were bouncy castles, toy stands, food stalls and giant zorb balls for children to play in.

Mike Riggs, the trade stands secretary, said: “This year was the first time we had the zorb balls and they seemed to be a lot of fun. They were extremely popular.”

One farmer that left the show smiling was Lynne Hodgson, whose black Welsh mountain sheep won first place in the ram lamb class and Overall Champion.

Mrs Hodgson, from Witherslack, said: “It’s been a good day and I am happy with the wins.”

The show didn’t just bring in people local to the area but also tourists.

Norma Barrett, 79, from Halifax, was enjoying the day out with her family and, as a regular to the area, she
describes Cumbria as her “second home”.

She added: “We used to come here for walking trips as often as we could as a family. Cumbria is my favourite place to holiday, we would never consider going abroad when we can come here.”

The show secretary, Sue Todd, described the day as a success.

She said: “The weather was just brilliant and a lot of people showed up. When the weather is good the show can see up to 4,000 visitors.”

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