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Northumberland County Show announces Champion of Champions Judge 2013

The agricultural and equine community eagerly awaits the postman this week as Schedules for the Northumberland County Show were released today.

This year the Show moves location to the beautiful parkland at Bywell, near Stocksfield. The new site, set over 105 acres, offers more space than ever before. As a result, livestock sections can lift their restrictions on numbers and introduce new classes. As well as providing details of all the animal and industrial sections The Show Schedule importantly announces who will be judging each of the competitive classes.

Champion of champions judge, Mr Neil McCleary

Champion of champions judge, Mr Neil McCleary

The Show’s Chairman Chris Chomse said, “Everyone wants to know who is judging the Champion of Champions, and this year we’re delighted to confirm it is Neil McCleary, the highly respected senior auctioneer from Longtown Mart.”

Neil McCleary responded, “I’m looking forward to judging the Champion of Champions at the Northumberland County Show and I’m honoured to be asked to judge at the new venue for the event.”

Spending many years looking at top quality animals and his keen interest in horses makes Neil McCleary an excellent choice as the ‘Man in the Middle’ this year. When Neil walks forward and taps the champion in the main ring he will base his selection on an animal that is alert and has “style and character”.

Neil commented, “Animals that are turned out to perfection for showing are a wonderful sight” he also added “the grand parade of livestock at the Northumberland show always attracts a large crowd of enthusiastic admirers who are there to see some of the best top quality livestock in the North of England”

Few people have worked in the same job for fifty years, an achievement of which Neil McCleary is rightly very proud. He left school in 1964 to work at Longtown Auction Mart as an office boy. He soon graduated through the ranks to auctioneering. He was only 22 when he took up the gavel at farm sales and is now senior auctioneer at the mart. He has sold millions of store and breeding sheep since then. Neil is recognised as “one of the best” in the auctioneering business. He explained “I was taught by Jacob Thomlinson and Robert Armstrong at the age of 15. At the time, we were selling six to eight cattle a week and 200 to 300 sheep. The highlight in my career was selling 25,000 sheep in one day.”

JS Hubbuck, well known agricultural merchant of Hexham, sponsor the Champion of Champions. Spokesman, Mr Geoff Hubbuck, said, “It’s always a privilege to be involved in this prestigious event and even more exciting this year. I’m so pleased that Neil McCleary will be judging our class as he’s an expert in his industry and a very popular choice.”

The County Show provides visitors with a great family day out. In addition to the animals, poultry and industrial classes, there are thrilling main arena acts including the UK‘s number one motorcycle stunt team, The Bold Dog Lings, and theatrical displays of jaw dropping horsemanship from stars of TV and film, The Devil’s Horsemen.

Other exciting things around the show fields are The Journal ‘Taste of the County’ with leading chefs and local food producers, live music, fun fair, archery, Cumberland wrestling, full working milking parlour, horse shoeing, Irish dancers, stick dressing, bee keeping, fly casting, laser clay shooting and over 300 trade stands.

For more information about Schedules, contact the Show Office on 01434 604216 or see the website www.northcountyshow.co.uk

Advance tickets have special discounts Call 0845 230 5177 or go online at www.bradsons.co.uk/tickets . Discounted tickets are also available from all Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland.

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  Related Links
link Show Dates
link Record Trade Bookings for County Show
link The Agricultural Buildings Show 2013

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