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A new head equine section steward has been appointed ahead of the 2018 Royal Cornwall Show.
Trevor Burley, from St Allen near Truro, will take over the horse section’s role of departmental steward when this year’s event takes place on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June.
Attending his first Royal Cornwall Show as a young child in 1951, that year held at Newquay, he has not missed a show since.
His involvement with horses started as a young boy at the family farm, in Truro, where his father Bill brought young horses over from Ireland. Trevor hunted with his father from a young age and hunting has been a lifetime passion for him.
Since he has given up riding to hounds he has become more involved in the showing scene and both him and his wife, Marlene, now enjoy the summer showing circuit, with some success.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Trevor was appointed as a Royal Cornwall Show steward in 1987. He went on to become chief steward of rings 2 and 3 and in 2010 was promoted to deputy departmental steward.
Trevor will lead a team of 34 stewards, including Marlene, who work to ensure the smooth running of the numerous competitive horse and pony classes at the annual three-day show held these days at the permanent showground at Wadebridge.
Being chosen to steward at the event is something that Trevor is very proud of.
“It is a great honour to be asked to steward at a county show, and to see some of the best horses in the country travelling here to Cornwall each year to compete is very special.”
The work extends to more than the three show days each year. The horse section committee work year-round with the aim of providing competitors with a safe and enjoyable experience come June.
“We endeavour to keep improving the horse section. This year we have more classes offering RIHS qualification, and we are very keen to regain our Horse of the Year (HOYS) qualifiers in the future,” he added.
Trevor’s appointment came after Bevil Bunt, from St Neot near Liskeard, stood down from the position at last month’s annual general meeting of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA).
Bevil began his stewarding career at the show in 1983 and assumed the horse section’s top role in 1995.
“It was a privilege to work for so many years with Bevil and more recently as his deputy,” Trevor concluded.
Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary said:
“We are extremely grateful to Bevil for more than three decades of loyal service to the horse section and being departmental steward for the past 22 years. Trevor will have a hard act to follow.
“Volunteer stewards are the life blood of the Association. They are instrumental in ensuring the show can be staged each year and maintaining its high standards and reputation.”
Entries are currently open for the competitive equine section classes at the 2018 Royal Cornwall Show.
Full entry information, prize schedules and entry forms can be found by visiting: www.rcsentries.co.uk.
Entries close on Tuesday 17th April.
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