As our dog Otto developed Kennel Cough after the Epworth show we couldn't make it to the Hunton Show this year ourselves. Otto recovered well but we didn't want him to infect any other dogs so we reluctantly stayed away. Some of the group did go and told us that they had a good time and that it was a good show with good weather. They even managed a run down to the beer tent in the evening where the Showman's Engines are steamed and lit up so the carts were decorated with lights in sympathy.
Visiting the showman's engines
Barnard Castle Vintage Rally
We were glad to get to this event, as it was the last one of the summer season. This being quite late in the season it isn't the busiest of shows for numbers of the public attending but it has plenty of roads and hard standing so the camping access is good. We arrived on the Friday and set everything up ready only for a storm to blow up overnight and demolish our display tent. Thank goodness Roy Bull leapt into action and drove to Middlesborough to 'Go Outdoors' and got us a replacement which was up and ready before the show opened, this time behind a big wagon for shelter! Thank goodness for the Internet and a huge thanks to Roy for digging us out of a mess! Angela and Graham Lees with Yogi came along and he was very soon put through his paces with the training cart and became a proper carting working Bernese. Well-done Yogi! Our ring appearance was immediately after the 'Strong Man' display with a mini highland show - tossing the caber etc. We thought about adding a "Try to hold back a Bernese when it really wants to go and see something' challenge, but we didn't want to show them up! Besides the wind and the cold overnight temperature the weather was bright and sunny and we had a good weekend to end the summer season of carting events. Time for a few weeks rest before the tinsel has to come out!
Our display area
Yogi on cart training
Going through the car boot sale
The 'Bernese Charge' in action
Barton on Humber Christmas Parade
Just an afternoon parade but it starts us all off to feeling a bit Christmassy. Out comes all the tinsel and lights, the carts and harnesses all trimmed and festive and Christmas hats and red jackets retrieved from the back of the wardrobe. There is always a good atmosphere for the parade which winds its way through the town, past all the special Christmas market, following Santa and the reindeer, panto characters, community groups and marching bands.