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Events - Countryside Ring

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10:00 am to 10:30 am

Ian Summerell opens our Countryside Ring with a bang once again this year. He is a gunsmith and knife-maker by trade and a passionate shot with a huge knowledge of guns and shooting. Today he presents “A History of the Sporting Gun” with his friend and colleague Den Kurle. Together they will take you through the history of this increasingly popular pursuit from the flintlock Manton to the modern day over and under. Expect lots of big bangs as several guns from the past and present are fired. It is a joy to see and hear some fabulous old guns with black powder being fired.

***Denotes blanks being fired

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10:30 am to 11:00 am

The Working Clumber Spaniel Society was formed in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts keen to restore the breed to a position of respect in the shooting field. Over 30 years of selective breeding, training and focus has produced the modern working Clumber which now closely resembles the original agile sporting spaniel prized by the Victorian sportsmen for their outstanding scenting abilities and tireless work rate.

Growing to over 400 enthusiastic members, the Society is very active. A packed programme sees field training, working tests, field trials, game fair appearances and some fabulous shooting days. The dedicated work of the Society is now bearing fruit for the breed which is increasingly being seen on shooting fields being worked confidently alongside springer and cocker spaniels.

www.workingclumber.co.uk    Hon Sec Debbie Zurick 01643 831427

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11:00 am to 11:30 am

The display this year is from Martin Harris and Martin Love. The Martins have over 50 years of experience between them in handling and training gundogs. They are renowned for both their innovative approach and modern ideas. Their training is encapsulated in the following quote:

 

“Tell me and I’ll forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I’ll understand.”

 

Using their own dogs they will endeavour to break down each aspect of training and take you through the stages step by step.

 

The Martins will be available during the day to give free gundog training advice on their stand near the Countryside Ring and they are also appearing in the Main Ring at 11.30am.

 

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11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Horse logging offers an efficient, flexible approach to timber extraction and with the wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available it has much to offer the woodland owner. The horses can work through the full range of woodland operations from first thinings through to the final crop. They also provide a sympathetic tool for the management of ancient woodland and archaeologically important sites.

Kate works with her Ardenne horses, Kipp and the up and coming young Sol. 

This event is proudly sponsored by: Ritesure Rural Insurance Solutions
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12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

The displays are educational, as Bob demonstrates his unique training methods, but are also great fun for the children, as he invites them into the arena whilst the dogs work the ducks around an obstacle course. (Look out for Bob's special guest "Paxo" !!!)

This event is proudly sponsored by: Blacks Cheese
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12:30 pm to 12:50 pm

Elvers have been fished from the River Severn for centuries and there is a display of the nets used in the Living Working Countryside Area. Also known as glass eels, they hatch in the seaweed-strewn Sargasso Sea, drifting across the Atlantic for nearly two years to our local rivers where they can take anything from five to fifteen years to mature into adults. They then reverse the journey made in infanthood to breed and die. In recent years elvers have become a delicacy worth more than their weight in gold due to their ever increasing scarcity. This is largely thought to be because of the difficulties the eels have in negotiating barriers and water pumps on both journeys, over fishing and the loss of habitat.  Conservationists are working to create eel-friendly exits to help them negotiate these obstacles safely. 2015 saw a bumper harvest which offers a ray of hope.

A fiercely contested elver eating competition was held annually on the Green here in Frampton for many years, but the scarcity of elvers meant it had to cease. However last year it was reinstated using an elver substitute. We continue the competition here at Frampton Country Fair and we are using the eco-friendly Spanish alternative Surimi

If you would like to be a competitor in this event please register at the Countryside Ring 10 minutes before the start of each heat. 

 

This event is proudly sponsored by: From Gate to Plate
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12:50 pm to 13:20 pm

There are a number of search dogs under training that are due for assessment to be able to be utilised both within he UK and overseas. The dogs accelerate the search process by locating casualties or by narrowing the search area after which the Search Team are able to use their specialist technical equipment to pinpoint a casualty. The dogs are trained specifically to locate live casualties and for searching in and around water. They are on the register for the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset and Avon Police (Tri Force) as a search asset. They are also a fundamental part of the IRT, since 1998 they have been deployed to three countries for earthquake search and rescue missions. In 1999 to Turkey and Columbia and Iran in 2003, where they were working around the clock scenting out live casualties. They are in incredibly valuable asset to UK communities. 

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13:20 pm to 13:40 pm

The Harness Goat society seeks to promote the usefulness, gentleness and intelligence of modern goats. Formed in 1986, the aims of the society are to maintain and improve the care and wellbeing of the harness goat, and to act as a source of advice on the optimum type and length of work, suitability of vehicles and packs, and on any other matters pertaining to the health and training of the Harness Goat. To findout more about this fascinating subject visit their website at www.harnessgoats.co.uk

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13:40 pm to 14:10 pm

Den Kurle, our fabulous commentator and James Green, from BASC take you on a journey about the rights and wrongs of handling a shotgun. Both of them have been shooting for most of their lives and you couldn’t be in safer hands – as long as you are with Mr Right. You don’t want to be anywhere near Mr Wrong! They will have their faithful four-legged companion Rees with them, who knows all about Mr Wrong and will be wearing his bullet proof vest!  Although this is done in a light-hearted manner the message is very serious and clear. Guns need to be treated and handled with respect.

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14:10 pm to 15:00 pm

The Wye Valley Axemen have members from Rhayader, Llanidloes and Newtown areas, with their ages varying from sixteen to sixty.  

Since forming in 2007, the Wye Valley Axemen have been giving crowd pleasing displays at events across Mid Wales and the Borders. Contained within the displays are speed, skill and accuracy using razor sharp axes and saws as we bring to life the lumber jack techniques of years gone by. They race against each other and the clock - a truly exciting and skillful display.

This event is proudly sponsored by: Blacks Cheese
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15:00 pm to 15:20 pm

Rob Collins, also known as “The Ole Hedge Creeper” hails from Somerset and has spent a lifetime in the countryside. As a countryman of the old school he is a great ambassador for field sports, agriculture and conservation and spends a great deal of time introducing youngsters to the countryside and its way of life. Today he will bring you the voices of the wild animals and birds that live in our rural areas using his own hand made calls. Come and listen to the duck, goose, fox, teal, squirrel and crow. He also has a stand in the Living Working Countryside Area where he will be more than happy to have a chat.

www.theolehedgecreeper.co.uk

www.callsofthewild.co.uk

 

This event is proudly sponsored by: L2 Professional
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15:20 pm to 15:50 pm

Bob Hogg has earned himself an excellent reputation for his professional and highly entertaining displays, in which the dogs work the sheep, geese and ducks. The display is informative to adults, as Bob shares his unique training methods and great fun for the children, as they are invited into the Countryside Ring whilst the dogs work the ducks around an obstacle course, down the slide and into a pool.

This event is proudly sponsored by: Blacks Cheese
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15:50 pm to 16:20 pm

Horse logging offers an efficient, flexible approach to timber extraction and with the wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available it has much to offer the woodland owner. The horses can work through the full range of woodland operations from first thinings through to the final crop. They also provide a sympathetic tool for the management of ancient woodland and archaeologically important sites.

Kate works with her Ardenne horses, Kipp and the up and coming young Sol. 

This event is proudly sponsored by: Ritesure Rural Insurance Solutions
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16:20 pm to 16:50 pm

This is a great opportunity to see a large range of working dogs. From Hounds and Retrievers to Spaniels. There will be a large range of breeds to look at so come and learn more about them.

This event is proudly sponsored by: Merretts Heating Services
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16:50 pm to 17:20 pm

Avon Valley Ferrets is a husband and wife team, Paul and Camilla Pountain, who are based on Salisbury Plain and are passionately dedicated to the welfare and well being of ferrets and polecats. Their main objectives are to educate people and promote all aspects of welfare of these much maligned and little known about creatures. Today they will be demonstrating the traditional method of making and setting nets for rabbit control within the countryside. They do have a stand in the Living Working Countryside area and are more than happy to talk to you about their ferrets and polecats and offer advice.