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It’s Show Day!

17 November 2017

It’s Show Day!

Canterbury A&P Show organisers are expecting another busy day at Canterbury Agricultural Park today as they 155th Canterbury A&P Show draws to a close. Over 55,000 people are expected to attend The Show as the region celebrates Canterbury Anniversary Day. The official holiday for the anniversary day of the province was shifted from 16 December (the date of the arrival of the First Four Ships back in the 1950s. The change meant a holiday for banks and businesses giving people from both town and country the opportunity to attend the Canterbury A&P Show.

Judging Highlights

8.30-11.25am – Showjumping, Main Arena

9.00am on – Stock and Station and Western Riding classes, Isaac Arenas

9.00am on – Junior Beef and Dairy Classes, ANZ Cattle Lawn

9.30am on – Children’s Calf Classes, ANZ Cattle Lawn

9.30-9.45am – Supreme Champion Pony, Isaac Arenas

11am – Supreme Champion Horse, Main Arena

11am – NZ Young Judges Championship, Alliance NZ Sheep Arena

All Day – Shearing Competitions, Shearing Pavilion

Entertainment Highlights

Until 3.15pm – Endurocross, Endurocross Arena

10am to 3.30pm – Skellerup South Island Gumboot Throwing Championships

11am and 2pm – Sachie’s Kitchen, Westinghouse Demonstration Kitchen, The Food & Wine Village

12pm, 2pm – Ladi6, ASB Village Green

12.30 – Duck Herding, Mighty Mix Dog Trial Arena

3pm and 5pm – Jordan Luck Band, Town & Country Bar

3.05pm – Shetland Grand National, Main Arena

3.25pm – Supreme Champion Animal of Show, Main Arena

3.40pm – Ballantynes Grand Parade, Main Arena

4pm – Polo Match, Main Arena

Fresh off winning Best Soul/RnB artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last night – Ladi6 will be gracing the stage at 12pm and 2pm today.

Skellerup South Island Gumboot Throwing Championships
New to the Show this year – the public will be able to have a go at gumboot throwing from 10am, before the best battle it out in the final at 2.30pm.


Endurocross is an exciting hybrid sport blending the disciplines of motocross and enduro in a series of sprint races over man-made obstacles making for spectacular viewing! Some of New Zealand and Australia’s best will be competing on the new course this year.

Sachie Nomura Cooking Demonstrations

Sachie is a woman of many hats: executive chef, new mum, entrepreneur, food writer, government consultant and all-round superstar! Sachie is also a television personality and her show Sachie’s Kitchen has been syndicated in over 45 countries. She owns Australasia’s largest cooking school which has seen over 50,000 students benefit from her knowledge. Her Sachie’s Kitchen products are available in over 150 supermarkets around the country and her delicious Japanese and Asian cuisine is sure to be a hit at the Show this year!

Town & Country Bar – Jordan Luck Band
You can’t beat an afternoon in the Town & Country Bar by the lake! This year we have the legendary Jordan Luck Band playing at 3pm and 5pm.

This year’s showjumping programme includes some highlight events on Friday morning. The Horse Speed Championship (approx. 9.30am) is a great showjumping event that is easy for the general public to follow. Riders and their horses tackle the course, racing against the clock with time penalties incurred for knocking over rails. With most riders expected to clear the course in 60 seconds, spectators will be on the edge of their seats as they follow the time clock. The ESNZ/West Acre Farm Ltd Point Series and the Ballantynes ESNZ National Point Series follows the Speed Champs event (approx. 10.30am) and includes top placed New Zealand riders and horses.

Shearing Competitions
Don’t miss the fast-paced action in the Shearing Pavilion today. Some of New Zealand’s best will be battling it out. Entrance off Deans Ave.

Make sure you check out the woodchopping – this is one of the most popular competitions at the Show. Highlights include the STILH Team Race (NSW vs South Island vs North Island) at approximately 12.30pm.

Shetland Grand National
A highlight of the racing calendar, this long standing event sees eight ponies and jockeys taking to the field, steeplechase style. The event has built a strong following in Canterbury and has grown to be one of the main attractions at the Show. Very competitive, with only a little bit of cheating, this event is equal parts cute, exhilarating and hilarious!

Supreme Champion Animal of Show
The Award is the culmination of three days of judging with the best of the best Supreme Champion entrants from horse, sheep, cattle, alpaca, llama, donkey/mule and goat battling it out for the top title.

Ballantynes Grand Parade
The Ballantynes Grand Parade is a showcase of the best of the best with prize winners across most livestock and equestrian sections parading their ribbons in the Main Arena, led by the incredible New Zealand Army Band.


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