There is nowhere else to start but with a thank you! Thank you for your wonderful messages, thank you for your support and thank you for your kind donations. Here at the Association, we have found it incredibly heart-warming to know how much the Show means to you all. Sharing in your memories has confirmed that the Board and the General Committee made the right decision in preserving this event and protecting this fantastic community.
We have been overwhelmed by the donations from members, exhibitors, trade exhibitors, visitors and our kind sponsors. We have also received the innovative donation of the proceeds of a bull from Silverstream Charolais (the sale is on 10th June if you are in the market!).
We can not wait to champion the name of each and every Show Saviour individually, however, until then, we wanted to share a few of the messages that have been shared with us with you. We hope they bring you a touch of the joy they have brought us over the tough past few weeks. From messages alongside donations to our members taking the time to record us a videos on what they will miss most, here are a few of the special messages we have received.
“At 81, and to the best of my memory, I have never missed a Show. As an exhibitor for 30 odd years and as part of the Corriedale show section, the Show has been a major part of our lives, which we will miss this year.” Brian Dixon and Elizabeth Dixon
“As members, we have supported this show for all my life starting as a junior member and then as a full member, going to the show every year for the last 65 years and only missing one to ill health. We have also showed horses and cattle for many many years and enjoy it and look forward to it every year. We were at the show last year but did not have cattle in because of the bovis around but, hopefully, we will be there in 2021.” Henry and Beth Prescott-Ballagh
“Very sad the Show cancelled this year, but completely understand why. I look forward to 2021.” Karen Plunkett
“For the long term future, “The show must go on”. This is an iconic and corner stone event for Canterbury.” Dave Burridge
“The show and its importance to not only the people of Canterbury, but all of NZ is just so important.” Joe Bagrie
“My daughter (9) has been every year of her life and loves it!” Lisa White
“I have been riding at Canterbury Show since I was 12 yrs old….and now I am 57 and still riding at the show. I want to be riding when I am 70, so the show must go on! It is one of the biggest highlights of the year for me!” Celia Shrimpton
“Kids were disappointed the show won’t be on, we go every year.” Melinda Hendry
“I rode show ponies year after year at the show in the 1980s. I have such amazing memories of the huge arena at the old show grounds, the grand stands, the socialising around the old stables and not to mention taking the grand parade next door for a rip around Addington track! I really hope you can get the show back on track next year.” Charlotte Sullivan
We will continue to provide updates over the coming months on progress . Our Association will meet for the AGM in July and we hope to have a plan to share with you by then. Together, we will save the Show.