ST IVES. NORTHERN SUBURBS A & H SOC INC
21st, 22nd May 2016
21-22 May 2016
Crowds enjoy fun carnival atmosphere at St Ives Show
More than 4,000 visitors made the most of fine weather and enjoyed the carnival atmosphere at the 2015 St Ives Show on May 16 and 17. The beautiful bush parklands and historic pavilions of St Ives Showground had displays and attractions as diverse as the Annual Horse Show with hundreds of competitors, a 7D cinema in a truck boasting special effects including snow and wind, kelpies herding sheep and reptile handling demonstrations.
“Children were everywhere having a great time trying as many carnival rides as they could and they just loved cuddling and feeding the baby farm animals,” said Elaine Tracey, President of the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society Inc, organiser of the event.
“I think the animal nursery was the most popular attraction for families, although the camel and pony rides were kept busy all day. The Rabbit Fanciers Show on the Sunday was great fun with rare breeds on display and some crazy competitions being held including a rabbit hopping steeplechase. The kids loved climbing over the Careflight Helicopter simulator and you could see they were imagining being able to fly it.
“Always popular, the boys and girls from Ku-ring-gai Miniwheels Training Club put on a motorcycle riding display in the main showground and really revved up the show.
“We held our big Annual Horse show with nine rings and I estimate there would have been at least 300 horses participating in it. Riders as young as three years old took part and the breeds ranged from Shetlands, to ponies and brumbies, to heavy horses such as Clydesdales and Percherons.
This year the Royal Easter Show introduced a new category ‘Ridden Purebred Arabian Show / Native Costume’ and it was a delight to see a competitor and horse in exotic Middle Eastern costume in the show ring.
On stage, Remy’s Music Machine had everyone dancing - not just the kids; One-Liner Bootscooters demonstrated a fun and easy way to keep fit, the Seabirds Cheer Squad wowed the audience with their precision dancing, the Mt Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir charmed us with their cultural performance and we heard a diverse repertoire from students from French’s Forest Public School and Killarney Heights High School bands.
A time to remember
The Australian Light Horse Brigade’s A Troop from Richmond/Windsor provided a static display and members were on hand to tell you about their organisation’s part in our nation’s ANZAC history. Many attractions took people back to our pioneering days and showed them what it was like for our early settlers – you could see a blacksmith at work, antique farm machinery, woodturning and woodchopping. Pittwater High School is keeping up our agricultural tradition and students had their prize-winning sheep and chickens on display.
The first St Ives Show was held in January 1921, just three years after the end of the Great War. During World War II, the site was commandeered for use by the Australian Defence Forces, particularly the 18th Battalion, known as the ‘Ku-ring-gai Regiment’ and the event was put on hold for a time. One remaining building from those days houses our Cooking competition while other pavilions on the site are where you’ll find the entries for arts, crafts, photography, apiculture and horticulture. Visitors are always keen to see the skills of our local creative community and buy some of their wares.
A great family day out
There was a great selection of food available all day ranging from the offerings of the Country Women’s Association Kiosk to dishes from around the world including Turkish gozleme, pizzas, European sausages, doner kebabs, , hamburgers, pizzas, pies, cakes, ice creams and more. A dedicated food area with tables and chairs was set up in the centre of the food stalls. Visitors also stayed on to watch the spectacular fireworks display by All Occasions Pyrotechnics at 6.30pm on Saturday evening.
“The weather was kind to us after weeks of storms and the sun shone on our weekend,” said Mrs Tracey.
“We’re already working hard to make the 2016 St Ives Show as inspirational and entertaining as this year’s event and draw even bigger crowds,” she said. “We’re always looking for volunteers to join the Society and help us organise a memorable experience for our visitors so visit our website for more details.”
In 2016, the St Ives Show will be held at St Ives Showground on May 21 and 22. Check the website for further information, www.stivesshow.com.au or call 0408 253 563.
Put May 21 and 22, 2016 in your diary now!
For more information about the show visit www.stivesshow.com.au.
A special Thank You to our Showgirl
Natalie Hoskins, our current Showgirl was on hand all during the show to help the organiser manage the show exhibitors, participants and visitors and to assist with stewarding at the Annual Horse Show on Sunday.
A suburban girl embracing the country
Natalie is studying at the University of Western Sydney, completing her Diploma in Science which is a first year pathways course which will enable her to enter straight into the second year of a Bachelor of Natural Science/Animal Science degree. For her future career path, she has a particular interest in reproduction and genetics in horses, cattle and livestock.
“My reason for entering the St Ives Showgirl Competition was to exploit my interest in bridging the gap between suburban and rural areas,” said Natalie. “I believe that the fact that I’m a suburban girl involved in rural things and putting myself out there may inspire and encourage others to try the same.”
Natalie is committed to community involvement and is a regular volunteer at Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands (a homeless food van/charity) and at Riding for the Disabled Richmond (formerly the Tall Timbers Centre). She is also co-founder of Packages for Homeless (a youth-run charity that sources and makes care packages for those experiencing homelessness); a member of the Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association Junior Sub Committee; a general committee member of the Gelbvieh Youth Association. This enterprising young woman can also be found helping and assisting beef cattle studs at shows and for exhibition; competing in local agricultural shows in the poultry and cattle section; and she also has projects underway for the craft competitions.
Her hobbies include cross stitch, knitting, volunteering, horse riding, reading, showing/exhibiting cattle and poultry. In the sporting area she is interested in horse riding and is involved in assisting and stewarding at those events.
She is well along the pathway to achieving one of her main goals which is to reach out to young people in the more built-up/suburban areas to help them learn about agriculture.