LORD Egremont presented the annual student assignment awards at the Ardingly showground at the weekend in his first ceremonial duty as newly-appointed president of the South of England Agricultural Society.
The winning students from colleges in Sussex and Hampshire were 18-year-old Jennifer White from Level 2 at Hadlow College, with her study on dairy farming, and 18-year-old Natasha Stonestreet from Plumpton College in East Sussex, for her study on roosting starlings.
Runners-up included Wesley Ubsdale and Richard Easterbrook from Chichester College, David Casebow from Sparsholt College and Natasha Trickett from Plumpton College.
Derek Cleaver, chairman of the society’s education committee, said: “This competition is an important part of the society’s educational charity work and the quality was excellent this year, coming from the young people of the future who will be working in countryside careers.”
Some 16,500 visitors came to ‘have a go’ at the annual Autumn Show and Game Fair held at the South of
England Showground, Ardingly on October 5 and 5, an increase of nearly 1,000 people from last year and 2,000 from the year before.
Traditional country sports were in abundance throughout the sunny weekend and people of all ages could be seen having a go at something, whether it was clay pigeon shooting, gundog training, ferreting, terrier racing, dog agility, fly fishing or falconry.
Michelle Nudds, vice chairman of the Autumn Show and Game Fair committee, “There was such a buzz across the showground and it was wonderful to see so many people trying things that they perhaps have never thought of attempting before.
“The game cookery demonstrations gathered quite a crowd and confirmed just how versatile cooking with game can be.
The newest attraction to the show was the Lamb Grand National. Large crowds gathered around the main ring to take a look at the endearing Herdwick sheep as they raced around the course, clearing fence after fence, to the cheers of visitors.