Welcome and Presidents Report
With the Field Days for 2015 now behind us, we should be very proud of what we have accomplished. The run of beautiful weather continued this year and the public came out in droves too, once again see the big horses do their thing.
Horse numbers were down a little this year however the official count was 55 and the public topped 2200. A great result for the middle of winter!
Once again there are many people to thank for the weekends success and at the forefront of this is a very hard working committee. The big difference this year was the amount of sponsorship that was gained in the lead up to the event. Colin and Tony were front and centre to the sponsorship drive and we can't thank them enough. The sponsors themselves were very generous and many attended the weekend and enjoyed the scone ladies morning tea, we can't thank them enough for their tremendous support. Speaking of which, Nerida Davies and her entire family who made those beautiful scones, not only ran their stand but took turns manning the front gate, taking money from the public all weekend! A big thank you must go to Max, Di and Myf for the outstanding effort.
A huge thank you also to our Judges, Mr Tim Peel, Mrs Diane Shaw and Mr & Mrs Paul and Hazel Cotton and our stewards who kept the rings flowing efficiently all weekend. A special mention must go to our chief steward Cai Thomas, Cai had a tumultuous week leading up to St Heliers but he and Emma dug deep and made the weekend flow very smoothly through all the classes. Thanks mate!
The new perpetual trophy for the grand parade was unveiled this year, "The Herbert Family Memorial Trophy" celebrates the great dedication that Alex and Pearl Herbert gave to the Field Days and is a fitting tribute to a wonderful Family. The winner of the inaugural trophy was John Prince and Vivienne Wilson with their lovely Bakers wagon. The trophy was judged and presented by both Fleur and Teresa Herbert.
Ploughing at this year's event was well attended and with Mr Tim Peel judging, it was a good opportunity for novices to show off their ploughing skills to a very experienced judge. Everyone appreciated Tim's expertise and advice on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Supreme champion led horse of the weekend was once again presented to Mr Steve Wilkinson of Sandy Hollow, this is Steve's third Supreme champion win in four years. Steve's Clydesdale colt, Woodland Park Imperial Crescent was beautifully turned out and an outstanding winner on the day.
For the first time in years we held an auction on Saturday evening and raised much needed funds for the club. A big thanks to everyone that donated for the auction which included an unregistered one year old head collar and a brand new pressure pump. The standout of the evening was the auctioning of a John Reedy made stock whip auctioned by young eight year old Joey, a real auctioneer in the making!
With such beautiful weather, the stall holders were very busy and with many new stalls this year it gave the grounds a real market atmosphere. Many of our stall holders were also sponsors and we can't thank them enough for their generosity.
Next year we move the field days back to May. We hope to attract even bigger numbers of horses off the back of the show season and the weather should be at least a little warmer!
2016 will celebrate our twentieth year at St Heliers and it is shaping up to be a massive event. I hope you will join us in May to help celebrate this wonderful festival of working Heavy Horses and good friends coming together.
Good luck and best wishes for a safe and happy year.
St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days