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Tuesday, 12 June 2007
The South of England Show was held at Ardingly last weekend and the whole family went. It was a hot, sunny day, and what an event; it is the largest agricultural show in England. http://www.seas.org.uk/shows.asp?ID=2 We watched some of the events in the arena, the highlight being the local hunts with their hounds. Fox hunting is now banned in England, but other forms of non blood hunts are still held. The riders looked stuning in their scarlet coats, and the hounds (200 in the arena at one time) showed how they respond to the call of the horn. It is a wealthy sport, and feelings run high about it, but it is part of the rural English tradition and is worth seeing.