Hodder Valley Show

Saturday 9th September 2023


By Kind Permission of The Slaidburn Estate

and Mr & Mrs T Robinson

President  : Mr John Cowking BEM


Click here to view the 2023 Trophy Results: (pdf)

 Sheep Shearing 2023 Results

HVS Day Shearing Demonstration and Speed Shear

Thank you to everyone who watched the speed shear and but a special thanks to the competitors who were all of a high standard of shearing! 🐏🐏

Open class:
1st Tom Charnley
2nd Declan Gill
3rd Rob walker

Local class:
1st Rob Walker
2nd Mick Handley
3rd Freddy Shorrock

A big Thank you to our sponsors: Lister shearing, Horner Shearing and Hartleys Huts.

Thank you to Richard Schofield from British wool for giving an excellent commentary during the shearing demonstrations that were run by Stuart Hartley.

Thank you to Roger Charnley for commentating for the speed shear and Brian Coupland for judging the shorn sheep.

It was a great way to end the show and we look forward to next years event 🐏🐑



The winning caption from Andrew Bolton was "Ewe too can buy one at Slaidburn or Dunsop Village Shop". Andrew wins two tickets for next year's Show - congratulations !

Thank you to everyone who entered. The President had a very difficult task choosing the most amusing entry.


Fell Race 2023

Hodder Valley Show Fell Race 2023
8 miles 1400 feet
R.O. Declan O’Duffy - Bowland Fell Runners

I won’t lie, organising the HV Show fell race is not straightforward. It alternates over three venues, each taking their turn annually. It helps very much that Julie Bennett, the Show Chair, and her team are all enormously helpful.
The Hodder Valley Show is an important event in the farming community of the Trough of Bowland. Farmers get to show the fruits of their husbandry as do local suppliers, cake makers, vegetable and flower growers. The latest machinery stands side by side with polished vintage tractors. My journey to the show was bedevilled by them chugging along the verdant lanes of Bowland. Actually, Pam and I were in plenty of time and enjoyed the smiling faces of their owners chugging along. You can keep your E-Types, your Astons and Ferraris; they only had eyes for their vintage Fergusons.
Lest I sidetrack too much before exceeding my word count, and also lest we forget, fell running is a part of the agricultural community where without their tending to the countryside where they make their living and without their permissions to run over their land, the sport would not exist. We’d all be running roads. Where’s the beauty in that?.
Underfoot the terrain is slow and ponderous. We have to go out with scythes to beat back the nettles and thistles in the days before. If you try to navigate as the crow flies you’ll quickly grind to an unrunable halt where the reeds are as high as your eye.
Flagging and marshals, lots of them (25 in all), did a marvellous job on a very hot day. Many thanks to all who helped.
We’ve had to pick out a circuitous route to the top of Easington Fell which opens out eventually to reveal some quad tracks which make a natural line.
There is no signal apart from Mountain Rescue and their 2-Way radios which proves invaluable. A few runners succumb to the heat but all recover well sitting in the shade and supping water and beer and taking a dip in the river Hodder.
BFR dominate the prizes unsurprisingly but the winner, Jake Collier, was a level above everyone else with a tremendous sub-hour round making light of the conditions.
Junior races take place as soon as the seniors leave the field. Not many take part but the few that do show great promise. A very well done to them.

 2023 Car Treasure Hunt:

Winner of treasure hunt : 1st Treasure Seekers (Diane Parker’s team)
2nd Bruschetta (Sandra Johnson’s team)

Thank you to the winners of the 2022 Hunt Pam and Brent Stansfield and Stephen and Jaqueline Taylor for setting this year's Hunt.

Thank you for supporting our event which raised £435 for the show funds. We hope you enjoyed the Hunt.






For further details contact Martyn tel 07817 445956