Plenty of action at the annual Stroud Show

Among the competitions at the Stroud Show was the dog jumping event. Nyomi Aubrey Photograph
Among the competitions at the Stroud Show was the dog jumping event. Nyomi Aubrey Photograph
 Crowds aplenty at eh annual Stroud Show. Nyomi Aubrey Photograph

Crowds aplenty at eh annual Stroud Show. Nyomi Aubrey Photograph

Pee wee parader Nate Moore, grand champion parader Chloe Bailey and judge Tim Eyes.

Pee wee parader Nate Moore, grand champion parader Chloe Bailey and judge Tim Eyes.

Ideal autumn weather always helps to boost a show's gate takings but the event also has to offer plenty of entertainment and that is exactly what the Stroud Show prides itself on.

Show president, James Harris praised his organising committee and was pleased as punch to announce this year's gate taking were the second biggest on record.

An innovation at this year's show which proved exceptionally popular was the sponsorship from Yancoal's Duralie Coal, that enabled the committee to allow children to attend the event for free.

"We can't thank Duralie Coal enough for their support of the show and their sponsorship enabled us to make that offer to families," Mr Harris said.

"By mid Saturday afternoon we had run out of the children's wrists bands having handed out 1500 thanks to the sponsorship.

"Getting families to attend boosted our numbers and in the afternoon we estimated there would have been more than 2000 people watching the ring events."

Among those events was the Brumby Challenge run by the Hunter Brumby Association.

"The horses were amazing given it was only 250 days prior to the show that they were running wild in Kosciuszko National Park," he said.

"That was the challenge to have the brumbies performing at the show in 250 days. One of them hopped into the back of a ute. I can't do that with my working dogs."

Given the popularity and support for the challenge it will become a biennial event.

Asked about the success of the Stroud Show given the size of the local community Mr Harris said it was due to having new and younger members on the committee.

"And it's not simply having them on the committee but actually taking on their fresh ideas and harnessing their enthusiasm," he said.

"Sadly too many show committees are run by the older generation and there is no doubting their commitment but they often won't allow younger people to try out new events and competitions at the show.

"I look around at other shows in the region and some are struggling which is very sad as they play a vital role in the small communities."

In the beef cattle judging the Limousin female LaValla Namadia was the interbreed champion exhibited by Berdihold stud, Lochinvar.