Congratulations to longstanding CAPA member & Past President Richard Lemon, who has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to the Agriculture and Pastoral industry.
On behalf of the Canterbury A & P Association we are all immensely proud of you. You have truly given your heart and soul not only to our organisation but to other rural groups that you have also striven hard over the years to serve and mentor.
President - Canterbury A & P Association
For services to the Agriculture and Pastoral industry:
Mr Richard Lemon has been involved in the Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) events in the Canterbury and Ashburton region since 1976. Mr Lemon has been a Committee Member of Ashburton A&P Association since 1976, serving as President between 1994 and 1995 and is currently Chairman of the Board. He has ensured the annual two-day show, grounds and facilities are of a high standard. He was involved with the Association as a competitor with his Border Leicester Stud Sheep and is now a recognised Judge for the Border Leicester breed with the New Zealand Sheep Breeders Association. He has been a member of the Canterbury A&P Association since 1990, holding several Chairmanships of Committees during a difficult period for the Association. He has been a Board of Director since 2001 and was the President in 2012 during the 150th year of the Association. As the full A&P show was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he catered 300 meals for the judges and stewards of the reduced events. Mr Lemon has been Director of Canterbury A&P since 2000 and served as Vice President of the Royal A&P Society from 2005 to 2009.