Wanaka A&P Show Celebrating 20th Jack Russell Race

The Wanaka A&P Show are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their famous Plains Irrigators Jack Russell race, at next month’s show on March 9-10.

Since the inception in 1998, the race has gained in popularity now averaging 50 very active Jack Russell’s. Event Manager Jane Stalker says, “It’s always very entertaining, as there is no rhyme or reason as to which direction a Jack Russell will run!”

When asking how such an event came about, Jane said “Fe Howie, our Livestock Secretary saw a Jack Russell race in America that she loved. Due to the popularity of Jack Russell’s within the equestrian and farming circles, it seemed like a perfect match to the Wanaka Show. Since introducing the race, we have not looked back.”

The Jack Russell’s chase a hare which is towed by the Drag Master. The fastest three Jack Russell’s are awarded the champions of The Plains Irrigators New Zealand’s Greatest Jack Russell Race. They are then awarded the prestigious doggy coat, embroidered with their relevant status on winning.

Glynn Smith held the title as the first Drag Master from the Central Otago Hunt Club. Glynn held the title for 10 years with Pat McCarthy then stepping in for the last 9 years. Pat will once again have the honour at the 2018 show.

In addition to the Jack Russell race there is a plethora of entertainment for all the family. The GJ Gardner Life and Style marquee will be abound with guest speakers, interactive displays, and demonstrations. With Mark Vette animal behaviourist and MKR 2017 winner Chris Wright to name a few.

The traditional highlights of the show include equestrian and livestock events, sheep shearing and wood chopping demonstrations. A dedicated Kids Zone with Magic Guy, Wayne McKeown under the shade sail. On the Radio Wanaka stage is the very humorous Captain Festus McBoyle, Coopers Run and Cemetery Road.

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