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Sponsor: Loxley Legal

A History of the Sporting Gun

 

Ian Summerell opens our Countryside Ring with a bang once again this year. He is a gunsmith and knife-maker by trade and a passionate shot with a huge knowledge of guns and shooting. Today he presents “A History of the Sporting Gun” with his friend and colleague Den Kurle. Together they will take you through the history of this increasingly popular pursuit from the flintlock Manton to the modern day over and under. Expect lots of big bangs as several guns from the past and present are fired. It is a joy to see and hear some fabulous old guns with black powder being fired.

 

Sponsor: Uley Brewery

The Working Clumber Spaniel Society

The work bred Clumber spaniels of today resemble their ancestors seen in Victorian paintings. They are athletic well- muscled dogs with that stunningly effective pink nose, prized for their extraordinary ability to find game. The working Clumber spaniel is today a realistic choice for the shooting person keen to consider something a little different.

 

 

Sponsor: Uley Brewery

The Sussex Spaniel Society

Joining us for the first time this year is the Sussex Spaniel Association, Identified by the Kennel Club in 2004 as a ‘vulnerable British breed’, this is a great opportunity to see first hand this characterful dog. The Sussex Spaniel makes a good companion pet, but can also be trained as a gun dog and a show dog.

 

 

Sponsor: Renishaw

Wye Valley Axe Men

The Wye Valley Axemen have members from Rhayader, Llanidloes and Newtown areas, with their ages varying from sixteen to sixty.  

Since forming in 2007, the Wye Valley Axemen have been giving crowd pleasing displays at events across Mid Wales and the Borders. Contained within the displays are speed, skill and accuracy using razor sharp axes and saws as we bring to life the lumber jack techniques of years gone by. They race against each other and the clock - a truly exciting and skillful display.

 

 

 

Sponsor: Loxley Legal

M & M Gundog Training

The display this year is from Martin Harris and Martin Love. The Martins have over 50 years of experience between them in handling and training gundogs. They are renowned for both their innovative approach and modern ideas.

Using their own dogs they will endeavour to break down each aspect of training and take you through the stages step by step.

The Martins will be available during the day to give free gundog training advice on their stand near the Countryside Ring.

 

 

 

Sponsor: The Master Cobbler

El-ver Eating Competition

A fiercely contested competition was held annually on the Green here in Frampton for many years, but the scarcity of elvers meant it had to cease. However in 2015 it was reinstated using an elver substitute. We continue the competition here at Frampton Country Fair and we are using the eco-friendly Spanish alternative Surimi
If you would like to be a competitor in this event please register at the Countryside Ring 10 minutes before the start.

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: Cooper Civils

Avon Valley Ferrets

Avon Valley Ferrets is a husband and wife team, Paul and Camilla Pountain, who are based on Salisbury Plain and are passionately dedicated to the welfare and well being of ferrets and polecats. Their main objectives are to educate people and promote all aspects of welfare of these much maligned and little known about creatures. Today they will be demonstrating the traditional method of making and setting nets for rabbit control within the countryside. Visit them in the Living Working Countryside area where you’ll also be able to see these amazing creatures racing against each other.

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: NFU Mutual Gloucester

Harness Goats

The Harness Goat society seeks to promote the usefulness, gentleness and intelligence of modern goats. Formed in 1986, the aims of the society are to maintain and improve the care and wellbeing of the harness goat, and to act as a source of advice on the optimum type and length of work, suitability of vehicles and packs, and on any other matters pertaining to the health and training of the Harness Goat.

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: BASC

Shotgun Safety - Mr Right & Mr Wrong

Den Kurle, our fabulous commentator and James Green, from BASC take you on a journey about the rights and wrongs of handling a shotgun. Both of them have been shooting for most of their lives and you couldn’t be in safer hands – as long as you are with Mr Right. You don’t want to be anywhere near Mr Wrong! They will have their faithful four-legged companion Rees with them, who knows all about Mr Wrong and will be wearing his bullet proof vest! Although this is done in a light-hearted manner the message is very serious and clear. Guns need to be treated and handled with respect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: JOE Energy

Hawkeye Falconry

We are delighted to welcome Hawkeye UK back to Frampton for the fifth successive year. Fronted by Alistair Leese, bringing the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age. The breathtaking and far reaching display contains a unique mix of raptors. Be sure to visit the stand in the Living Working Countryside area where you can go and book a slot to hold a bird or see the birds and talk to the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: Lister Communications

The Quack Pack

Herded and abetted by Meirion Owen, a life member of the International Sheep Dog Society, this team of Border Collies and Indian Runner ducks will provide a hugely entertaining spectacle for all to enjoy. This duck herding demonstration will show off the amazing talents of the Border Collie and the communication between Meirion and his gorgeous dogs and the cooperative, and sometimes for great comedic effect, uncooperative Runner Ducks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: Skinners Pet Foods

Working Dog Parade

This is a great opportunity to see a large range of working dogs. From Hounds and Retrievers to Spaniels. There will be a large range of breeds to look at so come and learn more about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor: Rigby's Plumbing & Heating Engineer

Serveon Search & Rescue

This specialist Search Dog Team form an important part of the Serveon Search & Rescue Team. The dogs are specially trained to accelerate the search process by locating casualties or narrowing a search area to be focussed on. They have been deployed within the UK as well as overseas and also in high risk missing persons searches. They are an incredibly valuable asset to UK communities. Please visit their stand located in the Dog Show Area.