Very exhausting three days at the Devon County Show but pretty good in terms of show winnings with four champions, three reserve champions, nine firsts and we won the sire’s progeny with Ntherough. However it was dicey weather. I got completely soaked and so did the judge Liz Barlow when I was handling an irritable black suri for another breeder. Liz was about to do her oral reasoning when wallop this violent storm hit. We all ran into the marquee dripping where and we gathered round the judge inside to hear her reasons. This kept happening but the judge and the breeders all thought it better to do the judging outside rather than in a temporary ring in the marquee with no lighting.

Then on Friday evening we heard the first rumours that the show was being closed to the public on Saturday because of the state of the car parks and a nasty accident. The Devon Show organisers were in a crisis meeting so we hung around to find out what was happening which did involve a short visit to the bar. It was true but all the livestock were to stay put as judging hadn’t finished for the cattle, sheep and us. On Saturday quite a few trade stands had gone and the showground was so quiet, of course we had never been there when it was like that. Happily the cafe stayed open so all the stockmen got their full English. The championship judging took place with no public, very odd.

Very sad for the show as they and all the traders must have lost a lot of money. Let’s hope they can recover from the lost revenue as it is a great show.