• Amanda Parsons, Steph Owen and Jess Davies with ‘Highly Commended’ award

Reaseheath enjoyed sizzling success in the sunshine at this week’s Royal Cheshire Show, with a ‘Highly Commended’ award for the college’s eye catching trade stand and a fistful of rosettes for agriculture students in the showring.

The stand, singled out by judges for our interactive and educational activities and our welcoming and friendly staff, attracted visitors of all ages eager to ride our mechanical horse, try out our car and tractor simulator, make floral buttonholes and learn about the arboriculture and countryside industries.

They also competed against each other on our rowing machine, tackled a tractor re-build, met animals from cockroaches to lambs, found out about rural business opportunities and sampled some very welcome ice cream.

Thanking the many staff and students who were involved, Event Organiser Steph Owen said: “This is a very important show in our local community and gives us the opportunity to showcase the skills of our students and the best aspects of farming and rural life. We were delighted at our stand’s award.

Our agriculture students also enjoyed success over both days of the show, proving their showmanship skills in the rings alongside leading professionals.

Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture students received a number of awards in the beef breeds cattle section after showing four in-calf shorthorn heifers from the Bridge House, Sandbach, pedigree herd for farmers George and Brenda Sutton. The students trained and prepared the cattle for the showring and gained rosettes in both breed and young handler classes.

The final accolade came with the announcement that Reaseheath students had come third in the beef ‘tidy lines’ competition – awarded for high standards of animal care.

A number of other agriculture students were also involved in showing classes including Oliver Franklin, who came third with his home bred Blue Orpington bantam cockerel in the soft feather poultry section. Oliver hatches and rears pedigree poultry for a hobby alongside his studies and is fast becoming proficient in the showring.