ST IVES. NORTHERN SUBURBS A & H SOC INC
16th, 17th May 2015
21-22 May 2016
Large crowds enjoy their country heritage at the St Ives Show
Even Elvis goes Aussie stockman style for St Ives Show
More than 7,000 visitors enjoyed St Ives Show in glorious sunshine at the beautiful bush parkland surroundings of St Ives Showground last weekend. “We estimate that visitors to our event increased by 20 per cent over last year,” said Elaine Tracey, President of the Northern Suburbs Agricultural and Horticultural Society Limited, organiser of the event. “This year we featured many attractions which took people back to our pioneering days and showed them what it was like for our early settlers. It was wonderful to see the locals so keen to learn about their country heritage.”
Fun was on the agenda, too, as the kids tried the camel and amusement rides, patted the cute animals from the Animals All animal nursery and tested their mettle on the Base Zero Climbing Wall.
Entertainer David Cazalet MC’d the show this year and was a great hit. A renowned Elvis impersonator, David took the King down under Aussie style (see left) as he spruiked the attractions and market stalls and also performed his repertoire of Presley rock ‘n’ roll hits dressed in his Akubra and RM Williams gear.
There was no excuse to go hungry -- the food area was impressive offering a wide selection from the offerings of the Country Women’s Association Kiosk to food from around the world including Turkish gozleme, pizzas, European sausages, doner kebabs, cheese plates, hamburgers, noodles, pizzas, pies, cakes, ice creams and more.
“Our pavilions for arts, crafts, cooking, photography, apiculture and horticulture drew appreciative crowds keen to see the skills of our local creative community and buy some of their wares.”
The sheep herding demonstrations by the Hawkesbury Working Kelpie Stud were fascinating and attracted lots of attention; just across from this area, Pittwater High agricultural students had their prize-winning sheep and chickens on display. The Australia’s Living History display took us back in time with demonstrations of rope making, butter churning, the 3,000-year-old trade of wood turning on a pole lathe and millet broom making.
Clydesdales, hay rides, brumbies on display, woodchopping and mini pipe band championships – they were all there to bring all the fun of a country fair to the city.
The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Federal Member for Mackellar and Speaker of the House of Parliament was in the official party along with Councillor Jennifer Anderson, Mayor of Ku-ring-gai. Mr Jonathan O’Dea, State Member for Davison and Councillor Sue Heins, Deputy Mayor of Warringah, were also VIP guests along with representatives from Hawkesbury and Blacktown City shows. Mrs Bishop actually came back to the show with her family on the Sunday.
There were many car enthusiasts and kids who were keen to inspect the high-speed pursuit vehicles of the NSW Police Road Safety anti-speed operation ‘Momentum’, along with an RBT truck and 30 years of radar and lidar history on display. It was National Heritage Motoring Day on Sunday and the Austin A40 Car Club of Australia (NSW Inc) brought a selection of classic A40 cars to the show to celebrate.
The St Ives Annual Horse Show was held on both Saturday and Sunday this year and entrants came in their hundreds. “The good weather attracted the big numbers with competitors eager to earn points towards eligibility for next year’s Royal Easter Show,” said Mrs Tracey.
“We’ve already re-booked some attractions and plan to make the 2015 St Ives Show as inspirational and entertaining as this year’s event and draw even bigger crowds,” she said. Mark the 2015 dates of MaY 16 and 17 in your diary.
For more information about the show visit www.stivesshow.com.au.
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm, Saturday, 9am – 4pm, Sunday
Where: St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Road, St Ives
(between North St Ives and Terrey Hills).
Children $5.00; adults the same price as the kids ($5.00 each)
Children 5 years and under – FREE
Free parking available at the ground
Transport: Free shuttle buses from Gordon Station (visit www.stivesshow.com.au for further information)
St Ives Showgirl
Veterinary nurse, Samantha Van Eyk ,has been chosen as the 2013 St Ives Showgirl. She will represent Northern Suburbs Agricultural & Horticultural Society Inc in the regional group final to be held in Milton in March and, if successful, will go on to the State judging for The Land 2014 Sydney Royal Showgirl title at the Royal Easter Show.
23-year-old Samantha lives on a beautiful 25-acre property on the Hawkesbury River. “I have always had a passion for helping animals and now, as a veterinary nurse working at the Box Hill Vet Clinic, I am fortunate to be doing something I love.
“I have had animals and been around horses my entire life and was lucky enough to be given my first horse at 12 years of age and, from then on my passion for all things equestrian grew.
Over the years, I have rescued horses and helped them return to full health and have enjoyed the satisfaction of giving them to kind people to start their new chapter in life.
I now have five horses of my own that I care for and show and I am very proud of them all.”
Samantha attended Ebenezer Primary School and Hawkesbury High School; during that time she completed Certificate 3 in Agriculture in Year 12 and loved the experience.
Samantha has completed Certificate IV in Small Animal Vet Nursing and Certificate 3 in Equine Vet Nursing and is looking at doing more courses to improve and expand her knowledge so she can better help animals in the years to come.
Come and meet Samantha at the show on May 17 and 18. She is pictured on this page, above left, with Bobby, the Clydesdale.
The St Ives Show Annual Horse Show
took place on
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 9.00am.
Please click on the links below to obtain the 2014 Northern Suburbs Annual Horse Show Programs, List of Judges and PIC information.
Note: 2015 Horse Schedules will be posted closer to the dates of the event.
Special note relating to Horse Exhibits: the committee reserves the right to refuse or cancel an entry without giving reason for so doing
COMPETITION SCHEDULES AND ENTRY FORMS
Please click on the relevant links below.
This website will be updated as we confirm events and entertainment for the 2015 St Ives Show.
Show Contact Details
St Ives. Northern Suburbs A & H Soc Inc
P O Box 120
ST IVES NSW 2075
Ph: 02 4579 9436